The Appetite for Construction Tour

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The Appetite for Construction Tour
Tour by Switchfoot, Relient K, Ruth
Appetite For Construction Tour.jpg
Legs 1
No. of shows 34
Switchfoot tour chronology
Oh! Gravity. Tour
Appetite For Construction Tour
Up in Arms Tour

The Appetite for Construction Tour was a three-month 2007 concert tour that was co-headlined by rock bands Switchfoot and Relient K, with special guests Ruth.

The tour was unique in the fact that none of the bands involved were touring to push a new album or single. They embarked on the tour to benefit Habitat For Humanity, and donated one dollar per ticket sold to the organization. At end of the tour, the bands had raised over $100,000 for Habitat.[1]

Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman also co-wrote a song with Relient K singer Matt Thiessen called "Rebuild" for the tour. It was released as a "donation single" on Switchfoot's website, with options to donate time or money to Habitat For Humanity, in exchange for the song.

The tour was Tour Managed by Jennifer Manning and Production Managed by Scott Cannon. It played mostly in indoor arenas or stadiums, as opposed to small rock clubs, Switchfoot's favored stomping grounds. The tour's name is a reference to "Appetite for Destruction", the debut album of American hard rock band Guns N' Roses.

Show and Set list[edit]


Ruth was the first band to perform at the shows, playing 4-5 songs in a half-hour-long set.

Relient K[edit]

Relient K was the first of the headlining acts to perform, with their set usually lasting about an hour and a half. The set list featured hits like "Be My Escape" and "Who I Am Hates Who I've Been" from their 2004 breathrough record, "Mmhmm", as well as some of their older classics and newer songs. The band did not perform an encore, playing all their songs in one set.

  • The band also routinely covered the theme from the hit TV show, The Office.
  • For the dance-floor favorite "Sadie Hawkins Dance", the band usually brought up people from the audience to play guitar and percussion instruments for the end of the song.


Switchfoot was the second of the two headliners to play, and their set usually lasted about an hour and a half as well. Because they were co-headlining with Relient K, many of the songs on this tour were old favorites from the band's multi-platinum "The Beautiful Letdown", along with their singles.

The setlist generally consisted of the following, with minor variations in song order:

  1. "Meant to Live intro
  2. "Oh! Gravity."
  3. "Stars"
  4. "This Is Your Life"
  5. "Gone/Crazy In Love mash-up"
  6. "American Dream"
  7. "Dirty Second Hands"
  8. "We Are One Tonight"
  9. "Rebuild"
  10. "On Fire"
  11. "Awakening"
  12. "Meant to Live"
  13. "Rebuild"


  1. "Only Hope"
  2. "Dare You to Move"
  • Songs like "Ammunition" and "Head over Heels (In This Life)" were also played in light rotation.
  • Rebuild was played with every band member from the other two bands on-stage.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
October 16, 2007 Charleston, West Virginia United States Charleston Municipal Auditorium
October 17, 2007 Columbus, Ohio Veterans Memorial Auditorium
October 18, 2007 Grand Rapids, Michigan DeltaPlex Arena
October 19, 2007 Cedar Falls, Iowa University of Northern Iowa
October 20, 2007 Saint Paul, Minnesota Concordia University
October 21, 2007 Fargo, North Dakota Fargo Civic Center
October 23, 2007 Merrillville, Indiana Star Plaza Theatre
October 24, 2007 Evansville, Indiana The Centre
October 25, 2007 Jonesboro, Arkansas ASU Convocation Center
October 26, 2007 Grand Prairie, Texas Nokia Theater at Grand Prairie
October 27, 2007 Cypress, Texas Berry Center
October 28, 2007 Mobile, Alabama Mobile Civic Center
October 29, 2007 Baton Rouge, Louisiana Baton Rouge River Center
November 1, 2007 Columbia, South Carolina Township Auditorium
November 2, 2007 Winston-Salem, North Carolina Joel Coliseum Theatre
November 3, 2007 Greenville, South Carolina BI-LO Center
November 4, 2007 Atlanta Atlanta Civic Center
November 8, 2007 Knoxville, Tennessee Knoxville Coliseum
November 9, 2007 Springfield, Illinois Prairie Capital Convention Center
November 10, 2007 Green Bay, Wisconsin University of Wisconsin–Green Bay – Campus Grounds
November 11, 2007 Moline, Illinois The Mark of the Quad Cities
November 13, 2007 Ypsilanti, Michigan Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center
November 14, 2007 Cincinnati Cincinnati Gardens
November 15, 2007 University Park, Pennsylvania Bryce Jordan Center
November 16, 2007 Bethlehem, Pennsylvania Stabler Arena
November 17, 2007 New York City Hammerstein Ballroom
November 18, 2007 Baltimore, Maryland 1st Mariner Arena
November 27, 2007 Irvine, California Bren Events Center
November 28, 2007 San Luis Obispo, California Recreation Center
November 29, 2007 San Jose, California San Jose Civic Auditorium
November 30, 2007 Davis, California UC Davis Pavilion
December 1, 2007 Medford, Oregon Jackson County Expo
December 2, 2007 Salem, Oregon Oregon State Fair
December 3, 2007 Everett, Washington Everett Events Center


  1. ^ SWITCHFOOT SWAPS BAND INSTRUMENTS FOR BUILDING TOOLS, RAISES OVER $100,000 FOR HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Archived 2009-03-25 at the Wayback Machine. – published December 17, 2007 (retrieved March 20, 2008)

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