Pearl Jam Unveils North American Tour Plans

Pearl Jam will kick off its 2003 North American tour April 1 at the Pepsi Center in Denver. As previously reported, the 48-date trek will play a mix of arenas and amphitheatres and is scheduled to wra

Pearl Jam will kick off its 2003 North American tour April 1 at the Pepsi Center in Denver. As previously reported, the 48-date trek will play a mix of arenas and amphitheatres and is scheduled to wrap with a July 8-9 stand at New York's Madison Square Garden. Pearl Jam kicks off an Australian swing Feb. 8 in Brisbane and will then proceed to Japan for four shows through March 6.

The North American trek will be broken into two legs. The first portion will wrap May 3 in State College, Pa., with the second leg beginning May 28 in bassist Jeff Ament's hometown of Missoula, Mont. No ticket on-sale information has yet been revealed, although the band plans to announce opening acts in the next week and a handful of additional U.S. dates within the next month.

As on its 2000 world tour in support of "Binaural," the band will again be offering authorized soundboard-sourced "bootlegs" of each show on the upcoming itinerary. Shows will also be offered for streaming on the official Web site of Pearl Jam's Ten Club fan organization. In a first, Ten Club members will be able to pre-order two tickets per show; more information on this ticketing procedure will be released later this week.

Fans can expect the band to revive a handful of rarities from its vast back catalog for the shows, but guitarist Stone Gossard tells the focus will most likely be on "Riot Act" material. "If anything, I could see us playing more new stuff than old. But, it's always fun to go back and embrace something from the past and make it new again," he says, noting the "Vs." track "Blood," which was played during some December Seattle warm-up shows for the first time in more than four years.

Pearl Jam is touring in support of its seventh Epic studio album, "Riot Act," which debuted in November at No. 5 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 392,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. Second single "Save You" is No. 24 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and No. 31 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart this week. A commercial single for the cut, due Feb. 11, is backed by the non-album track "Other Side."

Here are Pearl Jam's North American tour dates:

April 1: Denver (Pepsi Center)
April 3: Oklahoma City, Okla. (Ford Center)
April 5: San Antonio (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)
April 6: Houston, Texas (Mitchell Pavilion)
April 8: New Orleans (New Orleans Arena)
April 9: Birmingham, Ala. (Birmingham Jefferson Complex)
April 11: West Palm Beach, Fla. (Coral Sky Amphitheatre)
April 13: Tampa, Fla. (St. Pete Times Forum)
April 15: Raleigh, N.C. (Alltel Pavilion at Walnut Creek)
April 16: Charlotte, N.C. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)
April 18: Nashville (Am South Amphitheatre)
April 19: Atlanta (Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheatre)
April 21: Lexington, Ky. (Rupp Arena)
April 22: St. Louis (Savvis Center)
April 23: Champaign, Ill. (Assembly Center)
April 25: Cleveland (Gund Arena)
April 26: Pittsburgh (Mellon Arena)
April 28: Philadelphia (First Union Spectrum)
April 29: Albany, N.Y. (Pepsi Center)
April 30: Uniondale, N.Y. (Nassau Coliseum)
May 2: Buffalo, N.Y. (HSBC Arena)
May 3: State College, Pa. (Bryce Jordan Center)
May 28: Missoula, Mont. (Adams Fieldhouse)
May 30: Vancouver (GM Place)
June 1: Mountain View, Calif. (Shoreline Amphitheatre)
June 2: Los Angeles (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)
June 5: San Diego (Sports Arena)
June 6: Las Vegas (Mandalay Bay)
June 7: Phoenix (Cricket Pavilion)
June 9: Dallas (Smirnoff Music Center)
June 10: Little Rock, Ark. (Alltel Arena)
June 12: Kansas City, Mo. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)
June 13: Council Bluff, Iowa (Mid-America Center)
June 15: Fargo, N.D. (Fargo Dome)
June 16: St. Paul, Minn. (Xcel Arena)
June 18: Chicago (United Center)
June 19: Cincinnati (Riverbend Music Center)
June 21: East Troy, Wisc. (Alpine Valley)
June 22: Noblesville, Ind. (Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre)
June 24: Columbus, Ohio (Polaris Amphitheatre)
June 25: Detroit (DTE Energy Pavilion)
June 28: Toronto (Molson Amphitheatre)
June 29: Montreal (Bell Center)
July 1: Bristow, Va. (Nissan Pavilion)
July 2: Boston (Tweeter Center)
July 5: Camden, N.J. (Tweeter Center)
July 8-9: New York (Madison Square Garden)