The Beautiful Letdown Tour

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The Beautiful Letdown Tour
Tour by Switchfoot
Associated album The Beautiful Letdown
Start date February 25, 2003
End date November 9, 2004
Legs 6
Switchfoot concert chronology

The Beautiful Letdown Tour was a massive series of concerts by the alternative rock band Switchfoot, played to audiences all around the world. It was the band's first real headlining tour, spanning six different legs, and was carried out in support of the band's double-platinum selling 2003 album of the same name. The band also made many late-night television appearances, thanks to the giant radio success of the singles from the album. The tour was depicted through one live concert DVD, Live in San Diego.


The band played the first show of the tour the same week the album was released,[1] and sold out nearly every show in advance, including the top U.S. markets such as Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Chicago, Nashville and Los Angeles, notably selling out the famed rock venue The Roxy.[1]

The second leg of the tour commenced October 23, 2003 at the Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. This portion of the tour ran until November 7, 2003, where the band entertained a hometown crowd at the SOMA in San Diego, California.

In February, 2004, Switchfoot toured across key radio stations across America, embracing the success of their singles "Meant to Live" and "Dare You to Move."[2] This was quickly followed by yet another full-time headlining tour in March.[3]

The band then carried the tour overseas, playing a limited amount of shows in Europe and Australia for a series of concerts September 10 – 22, 2004. Three of the shows in Europe were in support of fellow alternative rock acts Alter Bridge, and were played in Berlin, Amsterdam, and London,[4] while shows in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia were sold out. It was reported that most of the crowd unabashedly were only interested to see Switchfoot, and promptly left before the main act, Killing Heidi, took the stage.[5] This in effect, represented the fourth leg of the tour.

Later, in October, 2004, the band launched the fifth leg of the tour, in support of the single "This Is Your Life," touring across the states once more, concluding at the Wright Center in Birmingham, Alabama. This was followed by their sixth and final leg, a proper headlining tour once more across Australia, performing 7 times in 8 days. Switchfoot bassist Tim Foreman expressed the band's affinity to Australia, saying "It's an amazing feeling to be on the other side of the world and have a few thousand people singing our songs louder than we are... it made us feel like family." [6]

Tour dates (partial list)[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America Leg 1
October 23, 2003 Atlanta, Georgia United States Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre
October 24, 2003 Orlando, Florida The Social (Sapphire Supper Club)
October 25, 2003 Tampa, Florida Guavaween
October 26, 2003 Jacksonville, Florida Freebird Cafe
October 27, 2003 Birmingham, Alabama Workplay Theatre
October 28, 2003 Nashville, Tennessee Rocketown
October 30, 2003 Dallas, Texas Trees
October 31, 2003 Norman, Oklahoma University of Oklahoma
November 1, 2003 Austin, Texas The Parish
November 3, 2003 Colorado Springs, Colorado 32 Bleu
November 4, 2003 Albuquerque, New Mexico Launchpad
November 5, 2003 Tempe, Arizona Nita's Hideaway
November 6, 2003 Tucson, Arizona City Limits
November 7, 2003 San Diego, California Soma San Diego
North America Leg 2
October 7, 2004 Anaheim, California United States The Grove of Anaheim
October 8, 2004 San Francisco, California The Warfield
October 9, 2004 Fresno, California Big Fresno Fairgrounds
October 11, 2004 Seattle, Washington Moore Theatre
October 12, 2004 Portland, Oregon Crystal Ballroom
October 13, 2004 Boise, Idaho Big Easy
October 14, 2004 Logan, Utah Smith Spectrum
October 15, 2004 Denver, Colorado Paramount Theatre
October 16, 2004 Washington, D.C. DC101 Chili Cook-Off
October 19, 2004 Minneapolis, Minnesota Quest Club
October 20, 2004 Milwaukee, Wisconsin The Rave
October 21, 2004 Chicago, Illinois Riviera Theatre
October 22, 2004 Detroit, Michigan State Theatre
October 23, 2004 Las Vegas, Nevada Desert Breeze Park
October 25, 2004 St. Louis, Missouri The Pageant
October 27, 2004 Cleveland, Ohio Agora Theatre
October 28, 2004 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Electric Factory
October 29, 2004 New York City, New York Hammerstein Ballroom
October 30, 2004 Worcester, Massachusetts The Palladium
November 4, 2004 Lake Buena Vista, Florida House of Blues
November 5, 2004 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina House of Blues
November 6, 2004 Norfolk, Virginia Norva Theatre
November 8, 2004 Atlanta, Georgia The Tabernacle
November 9, 2004 Birmingham, Alabama Wright Center