The Ten Tour was a concert tour by the American rock band Pearl Jam to support its debut album, Ten. It was the band's first full-scale tour after a short tour of the United States in 1991.

Ten Tour
Tour by Pearl Jam
Associated albumTen
Start dateSeptember 25, 1991
End dateJune 26, 1992
No. of shows107 in North America
41 in Europe
148 in total
Pearl Jam concert chronology


Bassist Jeff Ament stated that "essentially Ten was just an excuse to tour". He added, "We told the record company, 'We know we can be a great band, so let's just get the opportunity to get out and play.'"[1] Pearl Jam faced a relentless touring schedule for Ten.[2] Drummer Dave Abbruzzese joined the band for Pearl Jam's live shows supporting the album. Halfway through its own planned North American tour, Pearl Jam cancelled the remaining dates in order to take a slot opening for the Red Hot Chili Peppers on the band's Blood Sugar Sex Magik tour in the fall of 1991 in North America. Former Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Jack Irons had called the Red Hot Chili Peppers and asked the band to allow his friend Eddie Vedder's new group to open for the band on its forthcoming tour.[3] The Smashing Pumpkins also accompanied the Red Hot Chili Peppers on the tour. With the Red Hot Chili Peppers playing shows at arenas rather than theaters, the promoters of the tour decided that Pearl Jam should be replaced with a more successful act.[3] Nirvana was chosen to replace Pearl Jam on the tour, however, The Smashing Pumpkins left the concert bill and were replaced by Pearl Jam.[3] Epic executive Michael Goldstone observed that "the band did such an amazing job opening the Chili Peppers tour that it opened doors at radio."[4] The band filmed its video for "Even Flow" at its January 17, 1992 show at the Moore Theatre in Seattle.[5]

In 1992, the band embarked on its first ever European tour. On March 13, 1992, at the Munich, Germany show at Nachtwerk, Pearl Jam played Ten in its entirety in order mid-way through its set.[6] The band then came back and did another tour of North America. Goldstone noted that the band's audience expanded, saying that unlike before "everyone came."[4] The band's manager, Kelly Curtis, stated, "Once people came and saw them live, this lightbulb would go on. Doing their first tour, you kind of knew it was happening and there was no stopping it. To play in the Midwest and be selling out these 500 seat clubs. Eddie could say he wanted to talk to Brett, the sound guy, and they'd carry him out there on their hands. You hadn't really seen that reaction from a crowd before..."[4] When Pearl Jam came back for a second go-around in Europe the band appeared at the well-known Pinkpop Festival in the Netherlands on June 8, 1992. This concert became legendary when Vedder jumped from a TV-camera-mast right into the crowd. The band cancelled its remaining European dates after an appearance at the Roskilde Festival on June 26, 1992 due to a confrontation with security at that event as well as exhaustion.[7] Regarding the situation, Ament said, "We'd been on the road over 10 months. I think there just came a point about half way through that tour it was just starting to get pretty intense. I mean just being away from home, being on the road all the time and being lonely or being depressed or whatever."[8] After this tour, the band would go on to play the 1992 Lollapalooza tour with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soundgarden, and Ministry, among others.

During this time period, Pearl Jam became known for its intense live performances. Vedder participated in stage diving as well as crowd surfing. Looking back at this time, Vedder said:

It's hard for us to watch early performances, even though that's when people think we were on fire and young. Playing music for as long as I had been playing music and then getting a shot at making a record and at having an audience and stuff, it's just like an untamed force...a different kind of energy. And I find it kind of hard to watch those early performances because it's so just fucking, semi-testosterone-fueled or whatever. But it didn't come from jock mentality. It came from just being let out of the gates. And Jeff and Stone, their horse was just about to be put down when it was put in the race. And I was coming from the same place. So when they finally let us out of the gates, we didn't have a smooth, galvanized, streamlined gate [sic]. We were just rocking all over the place.[9]

Tour datesEdit

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

Date[12][13] City Country Venue Opening act[14][15][13] Supporting[14][15]
North America Leg 1
September 25, 1991 Victoria Canada Harpo's The Colour out of Space
September 26, 1991 Vancouver Town Pump Dead Surf Kiss
September 28, 1991 Portland United States Satyricon Beauty Stab
September 30, 1991 San Francisco I-Beam I Love You, Law and Order
October 1, 1991 Los Angeles The Cathouse I Love You
October 2, 1991 The Troubadour I Love You, Burning Hands
October 5, 1991 San Diego Winter's
October 6, 1991 Los Angeles Hollywood Palladium
October 7, 1991 Phoenix Mason Jar I Love You
October 9, 1991 Austin Back Room
October 10, 1991 Dallas Trees
October 11, 1991 Houston The Vatican
October 13, 1991 Atlanta The Point
October 14, 1991 Carrboro Cat's Cradle
October 15, 1991 Washington, D.C. Nightclub 9:30 Cancelled
October 16, 1991 Madison Oscar Mayer Theater The Smashing Pumpkins,
Red Hot Chili Peppers
October 17, 1991 DeKalb Duke Ellington Ballroom,
Holmes Student Center,
Northern Illinois University
October 19, 1991 Ames C.Y. Stephens Auditorium,
Iowa State University
October 20, 1991 Omaha Peony Park Ballroom
October 22, 1991 Milwaukee Central Park, Eagle's Ballroom
October 23, 1991 East Lansing MSU Auditorium,
Michigan State University
October 25, 1991 Pittsburgh Palumbo Center
October 26, 1991 Cleveland Cleveland Music Hall
October 27, 1991 Rochester Rochester Auditorium Theatre
October 29, 1991 Toronto Canada Concert Hall The Smashing Pumpkins
October 30, 1991 The Smashing Pumpkins,
Red Hot Chili Peppers
November 1, 1991 Boston United States Walter Brown Arena,
Boston University
November 2, 1991 Burlington Burlington Memorial Auditorium,
University of Vermont
November 3, 1991 Springfield Springfield Civic Center
November 4, 1991 Amherst Student Union Ballroom,
University of Massachusetts Amherst
November 5, 1991 Troy Houston Field House The Smashing Pumpkins,
Red Hot Chili Peppers
November 6, 1991 Ithaca The Haunt (rescheduled from 4 Nov.) Carnival Art
November 7, 1991 Syracuse Landmark Theatre The Smashing Pumpkins,
Red Hot Chili Peppers
November 8, 1991 New York City CBGB
November 9, 1991 Washington, D.C. Bender Arena,
American University
The Smashing Pumpkins,
Red Hot Chili Peppers
November 11, 1991 New York City Roseland Ballroom
November 12, 1991
November 13, 1991 Warwick Rocky Point Palladium The Smashing Pumpkins
November 15, 1991 New York City Roseland Ballroom The Smashing Pumpkins,
Red Hot Chili Peppers
November 16, 1991
November 17, 1991 State College Rec Hall,
Pennsylvania State University
November 18, 1991 Columbus Veterans Memorial Auditorium Eleven The Smashing Pumpkins
November 20, 1991 Kalamazoo The State Downtown Theater
November 21, 1991 Ann Arbor Blind Pig Zoo Gods
November 22, 1991 Detroit State Theatre (Clubland) The Smashing Pumpkins,
Red Hot Chili Peppers
November 23, 1991
November 24, 1991 Indianapolis Indiana Convention Center
November 26, 1991 Normal Braden Auditorium,
Illinois State University
November 27, 1991 Cincinnati Cincinnati Gardens The Smashing Pumpkins
November 29, 1991 Chicago Aragon Ballroom
November 30, 1991 Saint Paul Roy Wilkins Auditorium The Smashing Pumpkins,
Red Hot Chili Peppers
December 2, 1991 St. Louis The American Theater
December 3, 1991
December 4, 1991 Kansas City Memorial Hall
December 6, 1991 New Orleans Municipal Auditorium
December 7, 1991 Houston Unicorn Ballroom
December 8, 1991 The Vatican
December 10, 1991 Austin City Coliseum
December 11, 1991 Dallas Bronco Bowl
December 12, 1991 Norman Hollywood Theater The Smashing Pumpkins
December 14, 1991 Denver Denver Coliseum The Smashing Pumpkins,
Red Hot Chili Peppers
December 15, 1991 Salt Lake City Club DV8 The Smashing Pumpkins
December 27, 1991 Los Angeles Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena Nirvana,
Red Hot Chili Peppers
December 28, 1991 San Diego Del Mar Pavilion
December 29, 1991 Tempe Arizona State University Center
December 31, 1991 Daly City Cow Palace
January 2, 1992 Salem Salem Armory
January 3, 1992 Seattle RKCNDY
January 17, 1992 Moore Theatre Gruntruck
January 24, 1992 Los Angeles Rock for Choice
Europe Leg 1
February 3, 1992 Southend-on-Sea England The Esplanade Club Chickenhawk
February 4, 1992 London Borderline
February 7, 1992 Stockholm Sweden Koolkat Klub
February 8, 1992 Oslo Norway Alaska The Swamp Babies
February 9, 1992 Copenhagen Denmark Pumpe Huset
February 11, 1992 Paris France Locomotive
February 12, 1992 Amsterdam Netherlands Melkweg The Covenant (NL)
February 15, 1992 Madrid Spain Revolver The Smashing Pumpkins[citation needed]
February 18, 1992 Milan Italy Sorpasso
February 19, 1992 Winterthur Switzerland Albani Bar of Music
February 21, 1992 Manchester England International II Claytown Troupe
February 22, 1992 Newcastle upon Tyne Riverside
February 23, 1992 Glasgow Scotland Glasgow Cathouse
February 25, 1992 Nottingham England Rock City
February 26, 1992 Birmingham Edward's No. 8
February 27, 1992 Bradford Queenshall
February 28, 1992 London University of London Union
March 1, 1992 Groningen Netherlands Vera Captain Nemo
March 2, 1992 The Hague Paard
March 3, 1992 Nijmegen Concertgebouw de Vereeniging Cancelled
March 4, 1992 Utrecht Tivoli City Pig Unit
March 5, 1992 Eindhoven Effenaar The Covenant (NL)
March 6, 1992 Rotterdam Nighttown Prodigal Sons
March 8, 1992 Cologne Germany Live Music Hall Sun
March 9, 1992 Berlin The Loft
March 10, 1992 Hamburg Markthalle
March 12, 1992 Frankfurt Batschkaap
March 13, 1992 Munich Nachtwerk
North America Leg 2
March 25, 1992 Minneapolis United States First Avenue Club Eleven
March 26, 1992 Madison R & R Station
March 27, 1992 Milwaukee Marquette University Alumni Hall The Smashing Pumpkins
March 28, 1992 Chicago Cabaret Metro
March 30, 1992 Cincinnati Bogart's Eleven
March 31, 1992 Columbus Newport Music Hall
April 2, 1992 Cleveland Peabody's Down Under
April 3, 1992 Detroit St. Andrew's Hall
April 4, 1992 Toronto Canada Concert Hall
April 6, 1992 Lowell United States Cumnock Hall
April 7, 1992 Amherst Student Union Ballroom,
University of Massachusetts Amherst
April 8, 1992 Boston Axis Club
April 10, 1992 Philadelphia Trocadero Club Eleven, Pond
April 12, 1992 New York City The Limelight
April 13, 1992 College Park Ritchie Coliseum,
University of Maryland, College Park
Follow for Now
April 15, 1992 Charlotte 1313 Cancelled
April 16, 1992 Athens Legion Field,
University of Georgia
Follow for Now
April 17, 1992 Atlanta The Masquerade Cancelled
April 19, 1992 Dallas Starplex Amphitheater
April 20, 1992 New Orleans Tipitina's Follow for Now
April 22, 1992 St. Petersburg Janus Landing
April 23, 1992 Miami Cameo Theater
April 24, 1992 Orlando The Edge Follow for Now, Slow
April 25, 1992 Pensacola Night Owl Cancelled
April 28, 1992 Austin The Coliseum Swervedriver,
Monster Magnet
April 29, 1992 Dallas Bronco Bowl
April 30, 1992 Houston Unicorn Club
May 2, 1992 Lawrence Day on the Hill,
University of Kansas
Tribe After Tribe, Let's Go Bowling, Zoom, Trademark
May 3, 1992 Omaha The Ranch Bowl Tribe After Tribe
May 5, 1992 Boulder Glenn Miller Ballroom,
University of Colorado Boulder
May 7, 1992 Bozeman Gallitan Fairgrounds
May 9, 1992 Mesa Mesa Amphitheatre
May 10, 1992 Tijuana Mexico Iguana's
May 12, 1992 Ventura United States Ventura Theater
May 13, 1992 Los Angeles Hollywood Palladium Tribe After Tribe, Rage Against the Machine
May 15, 1992 San Francisco Warfield Theatre
May 16, 1992 Santa Cruz The Catalyst
May 17, 1992 Portland Roseland Theater Tribe After Tribe
May 18, 1992 Vancouver Canada Plaza of Nations
(rescheduled from the Town Pump, May 21, 1992)
Tribe After Tribe, Mystery Machine
May 19, 1992 Portland United States Melody Lane
May 20, 1992 Seattle Gas Works Park Cancelled
Europe Leg 2
June 5, 1992 Nürburg Germany Rock am Ring
June 6, 1992 London England Finsbury Park Festival Redd Kross, L7,
The Cult
June 8, 1992 Landgraaf Netherlands Pinkpop Festival
June 10, 1992 Stuttgart Germany Kongresszentrum Eleven
June 11, 1992 Hamburg Große Freiheit 36
June 13, 1992 Berlin Wuhlheide Bad Religion
June 14, 1992 Bremen Kloecknergelaende im Industriehafen
June 15, 1992 Nuremberg Serenadenhof Eleven
June 17, 1992 Milan Italy City Square Club
June 18, 1992 Zürich Switzerland Volkshaus
June 19, 1992 Vienna Austria Rockhaus
June 22, 1992 Paris France Élysée Montmartre
June 25, 1992 Stockholm Sweden Moderna Museet, Skeppsholmen
Previously scheduled for the Melody Club.
June 26, 1992 Roskilde Denmark Roskilde Festival
June 27, 1992 Turku Finland Ruisrock Cancelled
June 28, 1992 Oslo Norway Kalvøyafestivalen Cancelled
June 30, 1992 London England Brixton Academy Cancelled
July 1, 1992 London Astoria Cancelled
July 2, 1992 Belfort France Eurockenes Festival Cancelled
July 4, 1992 Torhout Belgium Torhout Festival Cancelled
July 5, 1992 Werchter Werchter Festival Cancelled

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