Binaural Tour

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Binaural Tour
Tour by Pearl Jam
Associated album Binaural
Start date May 23, 2000
End date November 6, 2000
Legs 3
Shows 47 in North America
26 in Europe
73 in total
Pearl Jam concert chronology
Yield Tour
(1998)
Binaural Tour
(2000)
Riot Act Tour
(2003)

The Binaural Tour was a concert tour by the American rock band Pearl Jam to support its sixth album, Binaural.

History[edit]

Pearl Jam promoted Binaural with tours in Europe and North America. Before the tour started on May 23, with a show in Lisbon, Portugal,[1] two warm-up concerts were performed in Bellingham, Washington, on May 10,[2] and Vancouver, British Columbia, on May 11.[3]

Pearl Jam's 2000 European tour ended in tragedy on June 30, 2000, with an accident at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark. Nine fans were crushed underfoot and suffocated to death as the crowd rushed to the front.[4] After numerous requests for the crowd to step back, the band stopped playing and tried to calm the crowd when the musicians realized what was happening, but it was already too late. The two remaining dates of the tour were cancelled, and the band seriously considered retiring after this event.[4] Pearl Jam was initially blamed for the accident, but the band was later cleared of responsibility.[5] Two additional concerts through July were cancelled.[6]

A month after the European tour concluded, the band embarked on a two-leg North American tour, starting on August 3 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.[1] The first leg of the tour focused on the East Coast of the United States, and then the band moved to the Midwest and the West Coast for the tour's second leg. On performing after the Roskilde tragedy, vocalist Eddie Vedder said that "playing, facing crowds, being together—it enabled us to start processing it."[7] On October 22, 2000, the band played the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, celebrating the tenth anniversary of its first live performance as a band. Vedder took the opportunity to thank the many people who had helped the band come together and make it to ten years. He noted that "I would never do this accepting a Grammy or something."[8] The song "Alive" was purposely omitted from all shows on this tour until the final night on November 6, 2000 in Seattle, Washington at KeyArena. The band performed that night for over three hours, playing most of its hits along with covers such as "The Kids Are Alright" and "Baba O'Riley" by The Who.

The European and North American tours were documented by a long series of official bootlegs, all of which were available in record stores as well as through the band's fan club.[9] The band released 72 live albums in 2000 and 2001, and set a record for most albums to debut in the Billboard 200 at the same time.[10] Following the conclusion of the 2000 tour, the band released Touring Band 2000, a DVD which featured select performances from the North American legs of the tour.

Tour dates[edit]

Information taken from various sources.[11][12][13][14][15][16]

Warm-Up Shows[edit]

Date Location Venue Opening act
May 10, 2000 Bellingham, Washington Mount Baker Theatre C Average
May 11, 2000 Vancouver, British Columbia Commodore Ballroom

Europe Leg[edit]

Date Location Venue Opening act Notes
May 23, 2000 Lisbon, Portugal Estádio do Restelo The Vandals
May 25, 2000 Barcelona, Spain Palau Sant Jordi
May 26, 2000 San Sebastián, Spain Velodromo de Anoeta
May 29, 2000 London, England Wembley Arena The Monkeywrench
May 30, 2000
June 1, 2000 Dublin, Ireland Point Theatre The Vandals
June 3, 2000 Glasgow, Scotland SECC
June 4, 2000 Manchester, England Manchester Evening News Arena
June 6, 2000 Cardiff, Wales Cardiff International Arena
June 8, 2000 Paris, France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
June 9, 2000 Nürburg, Germany Rock am Ring
June 11, 2000 Nuremberg, Germany Rock im Park
June 12, 2000 Landgraaf, Netherlands Pinkpop
June 14, 2000 Prague, Czech Republic Paegas Arena The Dismemberment Plan
June 15, 2000 Katowice, Poland Spodek
June 16, 2000 Previously scheduled for the Petőfi Csarnok in Budapest, Hungary.
June 18, 2000 Salzburg, Austria Residenzplatz
June 19, 2000 Ljubljana, Slovenia Hala Tivoli
June 20, 2000 Verona, Italy Arena di Verona
June 22, 2000 Milan, Italy FILA Forum Arena
June 23, 2000 Zürich, Switzerland Hallenstadion
June 25, 2000 Berlin, Germany Wuhlheide
June 26, 2000 Hamburg, Germany Alsterdorfer Sporthalle
June 28, 2000 Stockholm, Sweden Sjöhistoriska Museet
June 29, 2000 Oslo, Norway Spektrum
June 30, 2000 Roskilde, Denmark Roskilde Festival 9 men were crushed to death at this performance
July 2, 2000 Werchter, Belgium Rock Werchter Cancelled
July 3, 2000 Rotterdam, Netherlands The Ahoy

North America Leg 1[edit]

Date Location Venue Opening act
August 3, 2000 Virginia Beach GTE Virginia Beach Amphitheater Sonic Youth
August 4, 2000 Charlotte Blockbuster Pavilion
August 6, 2000 Greensboro Greensboro Coliseum
August 7, 2000 Atlanta Philips Arena
August 9, 2000 West Palm Beach Mars Music Amphitheatre
August 10, 2000
August 12, 2000 Tampa Ice Palace
August 14, 2000 New Orleans New Orleans Arena
August 15, 2000 Memphis Pyramid Arena
August 17, 2000 Antioch AmSouth Amphitheater
August 18, 2000 Noblesville Deer Creek Music Center
August 20, 2000 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center
August 21, 2000 Columbus, Ohio Polaris Amphitheater
August 23, 2000 Wantagh Jones Beach Amphitheater
August 24, 2000
August 25, 2000
August 27, 2000 Saratoga Springs Saratoga Performing Arts Center
August 29, 2000 Mansfield Tweeter Center Boston
August 30, 2000
September 1, 2000 Camden Blockbuster Music Entertainment Centre
September 2, 2000
September 4, 2000 Columbia Merriweather Post Pavilion
September 5, 2000 Burgettstown Post-Gazette Pavilion Lee Ranaldo, Steve Shelley, and Jim O'Rourke

North America Leg 2[edit]

Date Location Venue Opening acts
October 4, 2000 Montreal Molson Centre Supergrass
October 5, 2000 Toronto Air Canada Centre
October 7, 2000 Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills
October 8, 2000 East Troy Alpine Valley Music Theatre
October 9, 2000 Rosemont Allstate Arena
October 11, 2000 Maryland Heights Riverport Amphitheater
October 12, 2000 Bonner Springs Sandstone Amphitheater
October 14, 2000 The Woodlands The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
October 15, 2000
October 17, 2000 Dallas Smirnoff Music Centre
October 18, 2000 Lubbock United Spirit Arena
October 20, 2000 Albuquerque Mesa del Sol Amphitheatre
October 21, 2000 Phoenix Desert Sky Pavilion
October 22, 2000 Las Vegas MGM Grand Arena
October 24, 2000 Los Angeles Greek Theatre
October 25, 2000 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena
October 27, 2000 Fresno Selland Arena
October 28, 2000 Devore Blockbuster Pavilion
October 30, 2000 Marysville Sacramento Valley Amphitheater
October 31, 2000 Mountain View Shoreline Amphitheatre
November 2, 2000 Portland Rose Garden Arena
November 3, 2000 Nampa Idaho Center
November 5, 2000 Seattle KeyArena Supergrass, Red Hot Chili Peppers
November 6, 2000 Red Hot Chili Peppers, Wellwater Conspiracy

Band members[edit]

Songs performed[edit]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "UPDATED: Pearl Jam Goes "Binaural" With New Album, North American Tour". MTV. 2000-03-15. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  2. ^ Pearl Jam's Bellingham concert included songs from `Binaural', The Seattle Times
  3. ^ Pearl Jam Announces Free Vancouver Concert, MTV
  4. ^ a b Stout, Gene (2000-09-01). "Pearl Jam's darkest hour: Seattle band thought about quitting after concert deaths". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 2007-06-28. 
  5. ^ Pearl Jam Rumor Pit (2000-08-02). "Pearl Jam Releases Full Text of Letter Written By Roskilde Police Department Commissioner Kornerup". SonyMusic.com. Retrieved 2007-06-28. 
  6. ^ Johnson, Tina (2000-07-01). "UPDATE: Pearl Jam Performance Struck By Tragedy". MTV. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  7. ^ Weisbard, Eric, et al. "Ten Past Ten". Spin. August 2001.
  8. ^ "Pearl Jam: 2000 Concert Chronology Part 3"". Fivehorizons.com. Retrieved 2007-07-01. 
  9. ^ Gundersen, Edna (2000-08-31). "Pearl Jam's Bootlegs Give Others the Boot". USA Today. Retrieved 2007-06-28. 
  10. ^ Davis, Darren (2001-03-07). "Pearl Jam Breaks Its Own Chart Record". Yahoo! Music. Retrieved 2007-06-28. 
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  12. ^ "The Five Horizons Concert Chronology". fivehorizons.com. Retrieved 2007-12-08. 
  13. ^ "The Pearl Jam Concert Chronology". twofeetthick.com. Retrieved 2007-12-08. 
  14. ^ "Set Lists and Shows of 2000-1". sonymusic.com. Archived from the original on 2007-11-26. Retrieved 2007-12-08. 
  15. ^ "Set Lists and Shows of 2000-2". sonymusic.com. Archived from the original on 2007-11-01. Retrieved 2007-12-08. 
  16. ^ "Set Lists and Shows of 2000-3". sonymusic.com. Archived from the original on 2007-10-11. Retrieved 2007-12-08.