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Ten Tour

For the tour by Girls Aloud, see Ten: The Hits Tour.
Ten Tour
Tour by Pearl Jam
Associated album Ten
Start date September 25, 1991
End date June 26, 1992
Legs 4
Shows 107 in North America
41 in Europe
148 in total
Pearl Jam tour chronology
1991 U.S. Tour (1991) Ten Tour
Lollapalooza 1992

The Ten Tour was a concert tour by the American rock band Pearl Jam to support its debut album, Ten. It was the band's first full-scale tour after a short tour of the United States in 1991.


Bassist Jeff Ament stated that "essentially Ten was just an excuse to tour". He added, "We told the record company, 'We know we can be a great band, so let's just get the opportunity to get out and play'."[1] Pearl Jam faced a relentless touring schedule for Ten.[2] Drummer Dave Abbruzzese joined the band for Pearl Jam's live shows supporting the album. Halfway through its own planned North American tour, Pearl Jam cancelled the remaining dates in order to take a slot opening for the Red Hot Chili Peppers on the band's Blood Sugar Sex Magik tour in the fall of 1991 in North America. Former Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Jack Irons had called the Red Hot Chili Peppers and asked the band to allow his friend Eddie Vedder's new group to open for the band on its forthcoming tour.[3] The Smashing Pumpkins also accompanied the Red Hot Chili Peppers on the tour. With the Red Hot Chili Peppers playing shows at arenas rather than theaters, the promoters of the tour decided that Pearl Jam should be replaced with a more successful act.[3] Nirvana was chosen to replace Pearl Jam on the tour, however, The Smashing Pumpkins left the concert bill and were replaced by Pearl Jam.[3] Epic executive Michael Goldstone observed that "the band did such an amazing job opening the Chili Peppers tour that it opened doors at radio."[4] The band filmed its video for "Even Flow" at its January 17, 1992 show at the Moore Theatre in Seattle, Washington.[5]

In 1992, the band embarked on its first ever European tour. On March 13, 1992, at the Munich, Germany show at Nachtwerk, Pearl Jam played Ten in its entirety in order mid-way through its set.[6] The band then came back and did another tour of North America. Goldstone noted that the band's audience expanded, saying that unlike before "everyone came."[4] The band's manager, Kelly Curtis, stated, "Once people came and saw them live, this lightbulb would go on. Doing their first tour, you kind of knew it was happening and there was no stopping it. To play in the Midwest and be selling out these 500 seat clubs. Eddie could say he wanted to talk to Brett, the sound guy, and they'd carry him out there on their hands. You hadn't really seen that reaction from a crowd before..."[4] When Pearl Jam came back for a second go-around in Europe the band appeared at the well-known Pinkpop Festival in the Netherlands on June 8, 1992. This concert became legendary when Vedder jumped from a TV-camera-mast right into the crowd. The band cancelled its remaining European dates after an appearance at the Roskilde Festival on June 26, 1992 due to a confrontation with security at that event as well as exhaustion.[7] Regarding the situation, Ament said, "We'd been on the road over 10 months. I think there just came a point about half way through that tour it was just starting to get pretty intense. I mean just being away from home, being on the road all the time and being lonely or being depressed or whatever."[8] After this tour, the band would go on to play the 1992 Lollapalooza tour with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soundgarden, and Ministry, among others.

During this time period, Pearl Jam became known for its intense live performances. Vedder participated in stage diving as well as crowd surfing. Looking back at this time, Vedder said:

It's hard for us to watch early performances, even though that's when people think we were on fire and young. Playing music for as long as I had been playing music and then getting a shot at making a record and at having an audience and stuff, it's just like an untamed force...a different kind of energy. And I find it kind of hard to watch those early performances because it's so just fucking, semi-testosterone-fueled or whatever. But it didn't come from jock mentality. It came from just being let out of the gates. And Jeff and Stone, their horse was just about to be put down when it was put in the race. And I was coming from the same place. So when they finally let us out of the gates, we didn't have a smooth, galvanized, streamlined gate [sic]. We were just rocking all over the place.[9]

Tour dates

Information taken from various sources.[10][11][12]

North America Leg 1

Date Location Venue Opening act Supporting Notes
September 25, 1991 Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Harpo's
September 26, 1991 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Town Pump
September 28, 1991 Portland, Oregon Satyricon
September 30, 1991 San Francisco, California I-Beam
October 1, 1991 Los Angeles, California The Cathouse I Love You
October 2, 1991 The Troubadour
October 5, 1991 San Diego, California Winter's
October 6, 1991 Hollywood, California Palladium
October 7, 1991 Phoenix, Arizona Mason Jar I Love You
October 9, 1991 Austin, Texas Back Room
October 10, 1991 Dallas, Texas Trees
October 11, 1991 Houston, Texas The Vatican
October 13, 1991 Atlanta, Georgia The Point
October 14, 1991 Carrboro, North Carolina Cat's Cradle
October 15, 1991 Washington, D.C. Nightclub 9:30 Cancelled
October 16, 1991 Madison, Wisconsin Oscar Mayer Theater The Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers
October 17, 1991 DeKalb, Illinois Duke Ellington Ballroom, Holmes Student Center, Northern Illinois University
October 19, 1991 Ames, Iowa C.Y. Stephens Auditorium, Iowa State University
October 20, 1991 Omaha, Nebraska Peony Park Ballroom
October 22, 1991 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Central Park, Eagle's Ballroom
October 23, 1991 East Lansing, Michigan MSU Auditorium, Michigan State University
October 25, 1991 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania A. J. Palumbo Center
October 26, 1991 Cleveland, Ohio Cleveland Music Hall
October 27, 1991 Rochester, New York Rochester Auditorium Center
October 29, 1991 Toronto, Ontario, Canada Concert Hall The Smashing Pumpkins
October 30, 1991 The Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers
November 1, 1991 Boston, Massachusetts Walter Brown Arena, Boston University
November 2, 1991 Burlington, Vermont Memorial Auditorium, University of Vermont
November 3, 1991 Springfield, Massachusetts Civic Center
November 4, 1991 Amherst, Massachusetts Student Union Ballroom, University of Massachusetts Eleven
November 5, 1991 Troy, New York Houston Field House The Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers
November 6, 1991 Ithaca, New York The Haunt
November 7, 1991 Syracuse, New York The Landmark Theatre The Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers
November 8, 1991 New York, New York CBGB
November 9, 1991 Washington, D.C. Bender Arena, American University The Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers
November 11, 1991 New York, New York Roseland Ballroom
November 12, 1991
November 13, 1991 Warwick, Rhode Island Rocky Point Palladium The Smashing Pumpkins
November 15, 1991 New York, New York Roseland Ballroom The Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers
November 16, 1991
November 17, 1991 State College, Pennsylvania Rec Hall, Pennsylvania State University
November 18, 1991 Columbus, Ohio Veterans Memorial Auditorium The Smashing Pumpkins
November 20, 1991 Kalamazoo, Michigan The State Downtown Theater
November 21, 1991 Ann Arbor, Michigan Blind Pig Zoo Gods
November 22, 1991 Detroit, Michigan State Theatre (Clubland) The Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers
November 23, 1991
November 24, 1991 Indianapolis, Indiana Indiana Convention Center
November 26, 1991 Normal, Illinois Braden Auditorium, Illinois State University
November 27, 1991 Cincinnati, Ohio Cincinnati Gardens The Smashing Pumpkins
November 29, 1991 Chicago, Illinois Aragon Ballroom
November 30, 1991 Saint Paul, Minnesota Roy Wilkins Auditorium The Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers
December 2, 1991 St. Louis, Missouri The American Theater
December 3, 1991
December 4, 1991 Kansas City, Kansas Memorial Hall
December 6, 1991 New Orleans, Louisiana Municipal Auditorium
December 7, 1991 Houston, Texas Unicorn Ballroom
December 8, 1991 The Vatican
December 10, 1991 Austin, Texas City Coliseum
December 11, 1991 Dallas, Texas Bronco Bowl
December 12, 1991 Norman, Oklahoma Hollywood Theater The Smashing Pumpkins
December 14, 1991 Denver, Colorado Denver Coliseum The Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers
December 15, 1991 Salt Lake City, Utah Club DV8 The Smashing Pumpkins
December 27, 1991 Los Angeles, California Sports Arena Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers
December 28, 1991 San Diego, California Del Mar Pavilion
December 29, 1991 Tempe, Arizona Arizona State University Center
December 31, 1991 Daly City, California Cow Palace
January 2, 1992 Salem, Oregon Salem Armory
January 3, 1992 Seattle, Washington RKCNDY
January 17, 1992 Moore Theatre
January 24, 1992 Los Angeles, California Rock for Choice

Europe Leg 1

Date Location Venue Opening act Notes
February 3, 1992 Southend, England The Esplanade Club
February 4, 1992 London, England Borderline
February 7, 1992 Stockholm, Sweden Koolkat Klub
February 8, 1992 Oslo, Norway Alaska
February 9, 1992 Copenhagen, Denmark Pumpe Huset
February 11, 1992 Paris, France Locomotive
February 12, 1992 Amsterdam, Netherlands Melkweg
February 15, 1992 Madrid, Spain Revolver
February 18, 1992 Milan, Italy Sorpasso
February 19, 1992 Winterthur, Switzerland Albani Bar of Music
February 21, 1992 Manchester, England International II Claytown Troupe
February 22, 1992 Newcastle, England Riverside Claytown Troupe
February 23, 1992 Glasgow, Scotland Cathouse Claytown Troupe
February 25, 1992 Nottingham, England Rock City Claytown Troupe
February 26, 1992 Birmingham, England Edward's No. 8 Claytown Troupe
February 27, 1992 Bradford, England Queenshall Claytown Troupe
February 28, 1992 London, England University of London Union Claytown Troupe
March 1, 1992 Groningen, Netherlands Vera Captain Nemo
March 2, 1992 The Hague, Netherlands Paard
March 3, 1992 Nijmegen, Netherlands Vereeniging Cancelled
March 4, 1992 Utrecht, Netherlands Tivoli
March 5, 1992 Eindhoven, Netherlands Effenaar
March 6, 1992 Rotterdam, Netherlands Nighttown
March 8, 1992 Cologne, Germany Live Music Hall
March 9, 1992 Berlin, Germany The Loft
March 10, 1992 Hamburg, Germany Markthalle
March 12, 1992 Frankfurt, Germany Batschkaap
March 13, 1992 Munich, Germany Nachtwerk

North America Leg 2

Date Location Venue Opening acts Supporting Notes
March 25, 1992 Minneapolis, Minnesota First Avenue Club Eleven
March 26, 1992 Madison, Wisconsin R & R Station
March 27, 1992 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Marquette University Alumni Hall The Smashing Pumpkins
March 28, 1992 Chicago, Illinois Cabaret Metro
March 30, 1992 Cincinnati, Ohio Bogart's Eleven
March 31, 1992 Columbus, Ohio Newport Music Hall
April 2, 1992 Cleveland, Ohio Peabody's Down Under
April 3, 1992 Detroit, Michigan St. Andrew's Hall
April 4, 1992 Toronto, Ontario, Canada Concert Hall
April 6, 1992 Lowell, Massachusetts Cumnock Hall
April 7, 1992 Amherst, Massachusetts Student Union Ballroom, University of Massachusetts Eleven
April 8, 1992 Boston, Massachusetts Axis Club
April 10, 1992 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Trocadero Club
April 12, 1992 New York, New York The Limelight
April 13, 1992 College Park, Maryland Ritchie Coliseum, University of Maryland, College Park Follow for Now
April 15, 1992 Charlotte, North Carolina 1313 Cancelled
April 16, 1992 Athens, Georgia Legion Field, University of Georgia Follow for Now
April 17, 1992 Atlanta, Georgia Masquerade Cancelled
April 19, 1992 Dallas, Texas Starplex Amphitheater
April 20, 1992 New Orleans, Louisiana Tipitina's
April 22, 1992 St. Petersburg, Florida Janus Landing
April 23, 1992 Miami, Florida Cameo Theater
April 24, 1992 Orlando, Florida The Edge
April 25, 1992 Pensacola, Florida Night Owl Cancelled
April 28, 1992 Austin, Texas The Coliseum Swervedriver, Monster Magnet Soundgarden
April 29, 1992 Dallas, Texas Bronco Bowl
April 30, 1992 Houston, Texas Unicorn Club
May 2, 1992 Lawrence, Kansas Day on the Hill, University of Kansas
May 3, 1992 Omaha, Nebraska The Ranch Bowl
May 5, 1992 Boulder, Colorado Glenn Miller Ballroom, University of Colorado
May 7, 1992 Bozeman, Montana Gallitan Fairgrounds Tribe After Tribe
May 9, 1992 Mesa, Arizona Mesa Amphitheatre
May 10, 1992 Tijuana, Mexico Iguana's
May 12, 1992 Ventura, California Ventura Theater Tribe After Tribe
May 13, 1992 Hollywood, California Palladium Tribe After Tribe, Rage Against the Machine
May 15, 1992 San Francisco, California Warfield Theater
May 16, 1992 Santa Cruz, California The Catalyst
May 17, 1992 Portland, Oregon Roseland Theater
May 19, 1992 Melody Lane
May 20, 1992 Seattle, Washington Gas Works Park Cancelled
May 21, 1992 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Plaza of Nations Mystery Machine Previously scheduled for the Town Pump.

Europe Leg 2

Date Location Venue Opening acts Supporting Notes
June 5, 1992 Nürburg, Germany Rock am Ring
June 6, 1992 London, England Finsbury Park Festival Redd Kross, L7, Therapy? The Cult
June 8, 1992 Landgraaf, Netherlands Pinkpop Eleven
June 10, 1992 Stuttgart, Germany Kongresszentrum
June 11, 1992 Hamburg, Germany Große Freiheit 36
June 13, 1992 Berlin, Germany Wuhlheide Bad Religion, The Sisters of Mercy
June 14, 1992 Bremen, Germany Kloecknergelaende im Industriehafen
June 15, 1992 Nuremberg, Germany Serenadenhof
June 17, 1992 Milan, Italy City Square Club
June 18, 1992 Zürich, Switzerland Volkshaus
June 19, 1992 Vienna, Austria Rockhaus
June 22, 1992 Paris, France Élysée Montmartre
June 25, 1992 Stockholm, Sweden Moderna Museet, Skeppsholmen Previously scheduled for the Melody Club.
June 26, 1992 Roskilde, Denmark Roskilde Festival
June 27, 1992 Turku, Finland Ruisrock Cancelled
June 28, 1992 Oslo, Norway Kalvøyafestivalen
June 30, 1992 London, England Brixton Academy
July 1, 1992 London Astoria
July 2, 1992 Belfort, France Eurockenes Festival
July 4, 1992 Torhout, Belgium Torhout Festival
July 5, 1992 Werchter, Belgium Werchter Festival

Band members

Songs performed


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