Vs. Tour

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Vs. Tour
Tour by Pearl Jam
Location United States
Associated album Vs.
Start date October 28, 1993
End date April 17, 1994
Legs 2
Shows 52 in United States
52 in total
Pearl Jam concert chronology
1993 European/North American Tour
(1993)
Vs. Tour
(1993-1994)
Vitalogy Tour
(1995)

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

History[edit]

Pearl Jam promoted Vs. with tours in the United States in the fall of 1993 and the spring of 1994. The fall 1993 tour focused on the Western United States, while the spring 1994 tour focused on the Eastern United States. Industry insiders compared Pearl Jam's tour to the touring habits of Led Zeppelin, in that the band "ignored the press and took its music directly to the fans."[1] During this tour the band set a cap on ticket prices in the attempt to thwart scalpers.[2]

During the tour Pearl Jam concurrently worked on its third album. Several songs from the band's third album, Vitalogy, were premiered during this tour. These include "Last Exit", "Spin the Black Circle", "Not for You", "Tremor Christ", "Nothingman", "Whipping", "Corduroy", "Satan's Bed", "Better Man", and "Immortality".[3]

On the evening of November 5, 1993, Pearl Jam performed before almost 25,000 fans that stood and sat through the night on the lawns of Indio, California's historic and previously rock-festival free Empire Polo Club. (This show is well-known among fans because halfway through the set, fans in the pit began pelting the band with shoes, provoking Vedder and the band to walk off stage, only to come out and play the rest of the set from behind a wall of speakers.) Although band management had chosen this untested and under-developed site as part of a boycott of Ticketmaster and the Southern California auditoriums it controlled, the event established the new venue's suitability for large-scale rock events. Pearl Jam's November 30, 1993 concert in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Aladdin Theatre for the Performing Arts featured a reunion by the grunge band Green River. Participating in the reunion were Pearl Jam members Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard, Mudhoney members Mark Arm and Steve Turner, and Chuck Treece, who filled in on drums for Green River drummer Alex Vincent.

Pearl Jam was outraged when it discovered after a pair of shows in Chicago, Illinois in March 1994 that ticket vendor Ticketmaster had added a service charge to the tickets.[4] The band's April 3, 1994 concert in Atlanta, Georgia at the Fox Theatre was broadcast live on the radio in the United States and was also eventually released as a part of the "Dissident"/Live in Atlanta box set released in Europe. On April 8, 1994, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain was found dead in his home in Seattle, Washington due to an apparent suicide, which deeply affected Pearl Jam vocalist Eddie Vedder. At the band's April 8, 1994 concert in Fairfax, Virginia at the Patriot Center, Vedder proclaimed, "I don't think any of us would be in this room tonight if it weren't for Kurt Cobain."[5] Vedder later said that "the day that we found out about Kurt...I was just spinning. I was lost and didn't know if we should play, or if we should just go home, or if we should attend the services. I still have some regrets about that, even though in the end it was probably better that we played the last two weeks of the tour. I decided I would play those next two weeks and then I'd never have to play again."[6] This was Pearl Jam's last tour with drummer Dave Abbruzzese.

Following the tour, the band brought a lawsuit against Ticketmaster that accused them of being a monopoly whose anticompetitive practices allowed markup prices of more than 30%. The band's intention was to get ticket prices lowered for its fans.[7] Pearl Jam's plans for a 1994 summer tour were cancelled as a result of a Ticketmaster boycott.[8]

Tour dates[edit]

Information taken from various sources.[9][10][11]

Warm-Up Shows[edit]

Date Location Venue Opening act
October 25, 1993 Seattle, Washington Off Ramp Café
October 27, 1993 Santa Cruz, California The Catalyst American Music Club

United States Leg 1[edit]

Date Location Venue Opening acts Notes
October 28, 1993 San Francisco, California The Warfield Theatre Rollins Band
October 30, 1993 San Jose, California SJSU Event Center
October 31, 1993 Berkeley, California Greek Theatre Rollins Band, American Music Club
November 2, 1993 San Diego, California Civic Theatre American Music Club
November 3, 1993
November 4, 1993 Hollywood, California Whisky a Go Go
November 5, 1993 Indio, California Empire Polo Fields American Music Club, Weapon of Choice, Eleven
November 6, 1993 Mesa, Arizona Mesa Amphitheatre Bill Miller, Butthole Surfers
November 7, 1993
November 9, 1993 Albuquerque, New Mexico Convention Exhibition Hall Butthole Surfers
November 11, 1993 Denton, Texas University of North Texas Coliseum, Super Pit
November 12, 1993 Dallas, Texas Moody Coliseum
November 16, 1993 New Orleans, Louisiana Lakefront Arena Urge Overkill
November 17, 1993
November 19, 1993
November 20, 1993 Nacogdoches, Texas William R. Johnson Coliseum at Stephen F. Austin State University
November 22, 1993 Little Rock, Arkansas Barton Coliseum
November 23, 1993 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma T&T Center
November 24, 1993 Wichita, Kansas Century II
November 26, 1993 Boulder, Colorado Balch Fieldhouse, University of Colorado at Boulder Urge Overkill, Mudhoney
November 27, 1993 Mudhoney
November 28, 1993 Cancelled
November 30, 1993 Las Vegas, Nevada Aladdin Theatre for the Performing Arts Previously scheduled for the Sands Hotel.
December 1, 1993
December 2, 1993 Reno, Nevada Lawlor Events Center Urge Overkill, Mudhoney
December 7, 1993 Seattle, Washington Seattle Center Arena Urge Overkill, Six in the Clip
December 8, 1993
December 9, 1993 Urge Overkill, Hater

United States Leg 2[edit]

Date Location Venue Opening acts
March 6, 1994 Denver, Colorado Paramount Theatre The Frogs
March 7, 1994
March 9, 1994 Pensacola, Florida Civic Center L7, Follow for Now
March 10, 1994 Chicago, Illinois Chicago Stadium The Frogs, Urge Overkill
March 13, 1994 New Regal Theater The Frogs, Magic Slim and the MGs
March 14, 1994 St. Louis, Missouri Fox Theatre The Frogs, Grant Lee Buffalo
March 15, 1994 The Frogs
March 17, 1994 West Lafayette, Indiana Elliot Hall, Purdue University Grant Lee Buffalo
March 19, 1994 Detroit, Michigan Masonic Theater
March 20, 1994 Ann Arbor, Michigan Crisler Arena
March 22, 1994 Cleveland, Ohio Cleveland State University Convocation Center
March 24, 1994 Louisville, Kentucky Louisville Gardens King's X
March 25, 1994 Memphis, Tennessee Mid-South Coliseum
March 26, 1994 Murfreesboro, Tennessee Murphy Center
March 28, 1994 Miami, Florida Bayfront Amphitheater
March 29, 1994 St. Petersburg, Florida Bayfront Arena
April 2, 1994 Atlanta, Georgia Fox Theatre
April 3, 1994
April 6, 1994 Springfield, Massachusetts Civic Center Mudhoney
April 7, 1994 Rochester, New York War Memorial
April 8, 1994 Fairfax, Virginia Patriot Center
April 10, 1994 Boston, Massachusetts Boston Garden
April 11, 1994
April 12, 1994 Orpheum Theatre
April 17, 1994 New York, New York Paramount Theater

Band members[edit]

Songs performed[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ DeRogatis, Jim. Milk It!: Collected Musings on the Alternative Music Explosion of the 90's. Cambridge: Da Capo, 2003. ISBN 0-306-81271-1, pg. 58
  2. ^ DeRogatis, Jim. Milk It!: Collected Musings on the Alternative Music Explosion of the 90's. Cambridge: Da Capo, 2003. ISBN 0-306-81271-1, pg. 59
  3. ^ Pearl Jam: Song Index. pearljam.com.
  4. ^ Wall, Mick. "Alive". Nirvana and the Story of Grunge. Q p. 99
  5. ^ Gunderson, Edna. "Musical artists offer commentary on the late Kurt Cobain". Gannett News Service.
  6. ^ Marks, Craig. "Let's Get Lost". Spin. December 1994.
  7. ^ "PJ's testimony before Congress regarding Ticketmaster". June 30, 1994.
  8. ^ Gordinier, Jeff (1994-10-28). "The Brawls in Their Courts". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2007-09-03. 
  9. ^ "Pearl Jam: Set Lists". Pearljam.com. Retrieved 2007-12-08. 
  10. ^ "The Five Horizons Concert Chronology". fivehorizons.com. Retrieved 2007-12-08. 
  11. ^ "The Pearl Jam Concert Chronology". twofeetthick.com. Retrieved 2007-12-08.