After several years of failing to meet the expectations of an American fanbase hungry to see them perform live, Pearl Jam is set to take the country
by storm this summer as they support their recently released Yield
On Friday, the band announced tour dates for its first U.S. outing since
a brief 1996 excursion following the release of No Code. The 33-date Yield itinerary will take the group to all regions of the lower 48 states, as well as two cities in Canada, on a tour that runs from June through September. The tour is shaping up to be Pearl Jam's biggest U.S. outing since a 1992 headlining venture in support of their debut album, Ten.
The length of the Yield tour may allow the band to find a groove
that perhaps evaded them on shorter live runs. "I feel like I need to go
out and play 20 or 25 shows," PJ bass player Jeff Ament told Addicted To
Noise columnist Dave Marsh in November. "Somewhere after 10 shows, you start to get a rhythm and everybody starts to play really well together. That's
when it's fun, and that's when it's like you're on a cloud."
This summer, as in years past, the group is striving to avoid playing venues that use Ticketmaster for ticket-purchasing. However, there are some cities that the group cannot play without making use of a Ticketmaster-contracted facility and, in those cases, Pearl Jam will let Ticketmaster sell the tickets. Ament and
guitarist Stone Gossard denounced Ticketmaster as a monopoly at a 1994 congressional hearing. Ticketmaster has repeatedly denied that they are a monopoly, and the Justice Department ultimately dropped its antitrust investigation into Ticketmaster’s contracting practices.
"They're going to use local alternative ticket companies for most of the
tour," band publicist Annie Ohayon said Friday. "They'll use Ticketmaster
in some cities in order to better accommodate the concert-goers."
In 1995, a 13-date tour collapsed halfway through under the combined
weight of trying to avoid Ticketmaster and an illness that struck singer
Eddie Vedder. One year earlier, the band canceled a planned summer tour,
citing a lack of suitable venues that did not have exclusive contracts with
The Yield tour begins June 20 in Missoula, Mont., then moves into
the Midwest and Texas before hitting California and the Pacific
Northwest in July. In August, the band returns to the Midwest and makes
stops in Montreal and Toronto before ending on a string of East
Coast dates in mid-September.
While fans are undoubtedly excited at the prospect of such a long run of
shows, whether there would be any shows seemed doubtful at one point, Ament said. "When we started making this record, the conversations about touring were pretty dismal," he explained. "I don't think anybody wanted to tour. The more that we started to hang out with each other, though, the more we started to realize that we liked each other. At that point, people started getting excited about the idea of getting together and going out and playing some shows."
The base cost for each ticket will be $23; additional charges may be
imposed by local ticket outlets and facilities.
Last November, Pearl Jam played a secret show at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz, Calif., then opened for the Rolling Stones at the Oakland Coliseum stadium for four nights. On January 31, the group performed live as part of a four-hour "Monkeywrench Radio" show.
Before Pearl Jam tours the continental United States, they hit Australia
and New Zealand for several shows in February and March. Their first
concerts in support of Yield will take place in one week, when the
band plays two nights in Maui, Hawaii, on Feb. 20 and 21.
Pearl Jam Tour Dates:
Jun. 20; Missoula, Mont., Grizzly Stadium
Jun. 21; Salt Lake City, Utah, Delta Center
Jun. 23; Denver, Colo., Fiddlers Green Amphitheater
Jun. 24; Rapid City, S.D., Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
Jun. 26; East Troy, Wis., Alpine Valley Music Theater
Jun. 29; Chicago, Ill., United Center
Jun. 30; Minneapolis, Minn., Target Center
Jul. 2; St. Louis, Mo., Riverport Amphitheater
Jul. 3; Kansas City, Mo., Sandstone Amphitheater
Jul. 5; Dallas, Texas, Reunion Arena
Jul. 7; Albuquerque, N.M., Tingley Coliseum
Jul. 8; Phoenix, Ariz., Arizona Vet. Mem. Coliseum
Jul. 10; San Diego, Calif., San Diego Concert Pavilion
Jul. 13; Los Angeles, Calif., Forum
Jul. 16; Sacramento, Calif., Arco Arena
Jul. 18; Portland, Ore., Rose Garden Arena
Jul. 21; Seattle, Wash., (benefit) To Be Announced
Aug. 17; Indianapolis, Ind., Deer Creek Music Center
Aug. 18; East Lansing, Mich., Breslin Student Events Center
Aug. 20; Montreal, Que., Molson Centre
Aug. 22; Toronto, Ont., Molson Park
Aug. 25; Pittsburgh, Pa., Starlake Amphitheater
Aug. 26; Cleveland, Ohio, Blossom Music Center
Aug. 28; Philadelphia, Pa., Blockbuster Music Ent. Center
Sept. 1; Atlanta, Ga., Lakewood Amphitheater
Sept. 3; Birmingham, Ala., Birmingham-Jefferson Coliseum
Sept. 4; Greenville, S.C., Bi-Lo Center
Sept. 6; Knoxville, Tenn., Thompson-Boiling Arena
Sept. 8; East Rutherford, N.J., Continental Arena
Sept. 10; New York, N.Y., Madison Square Garden
Sept. 13; Hartford, Conn., Meadows Music Theater
Sept. 15; Boston, Mass., Great Woods Center
Sept. 18; Washington, D.C., Merriweather Post Pavilion
-- Chris Nelson [Fri., Feb. 13, 1998, 4:30 p.m. PST]