No Code Tour

No Code Tour
Tour by Pearl Jam
Associated album No Code
Start date September 16, 1996
End date November 25, 1996
Legs 2
No. of shows 19 in Europe
14 in North America
33 in total
Pearl Jam concert chronology

The No Code Tour was a concert tour by the American rock band Pearl Jam to support its fourth album, No Code.


Pearl Jam promoted No Code with tours in North America and Europe in the fall of 1996. The short tour of North America focused on the East Coast of the United States. As with Vitalogy, very little touring was done in the United States to promote No Code because of the band's refusal to play in Ticketmaster's venue areas.[1] The band chose to use alternate ticketing companies for the shows. Nevertheless, the band toured the United States playing shows in locations such as Downing Stadium on Randall's Island and The Meadows in Hartford, Connecticut. Chicago Bulls player Dennis Rodman attended the band's September 26, 1996 show in Augusta, Maine at the Civic Center, and during the climax of "Alive" came onstage to offer Vedder some red wine. To the excitement of the crowd, Vedder responded by hopping on Rodman's back and riding him piggyback style across the stage while singing. Rodman later received a Walkman carved with Vedder's initials containing the concert recording and cited this as one of his most thrilling experiences.[2] A European tour followed in the fall of 1996. The band's November 3, 1996 show in Berlin, Germany at Deutschlandhalle was broadcast on many radio stations worldwide. This show is commonly called "Checkpoint Charlie" by fans.[3]

During the North American tour fans complained about the difficulty in obtaining tickets and the use of non-Ticketmaster venues, which were judged to be out-of-the-way and impersonal.[4] Guitarist Stone Gossard stated that there was "a lot of stress associated with trying to tour at that time" and that "it was growing more and more difficult to be excited about being part of the band." He added, "Ticketmaster, as monopolistic as it may be, is very efficient so we weren't playing the venues we wanted to play."[5]

Tour dates

Information taken from various sources.[6][7][8][9]

Date City Country Venue Opening act
Warm-up shows
September 14, 1996 Seattle United States The Showbox Gus
North America leg
September 16, 1996 Seattle United States KeyArena Fastbacks
September 21, 1996 Toronto Canada Maple Leaf Gardens
September 22, 1996 Toledo United States John F. Savage Hall
September 24, 1996 Columbia Merriweather Post Pavilion
September 26, 1996 Augusta Augusta Civic Center
September 28, 1996 New York City Downing Stadium Fastbacks, Ben Harper
September 29, 1996
October 1, 1996 Buffalo Marine Midland Arena Fastbacks
October 2, 1996 Hartford Meadows Music Theater
October 4, 1996 Charlotte American Legion Memorial Stadium Fastbacks, Ben Harper
October 5, 1996 Charleston North Charleston Coliseum Fastbacks
October 7, 1996 Fort Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale Stadium
October 19, 1996 Mountain View Bridge School Benefit, Shoreline Amphitheatre
October 20, 1996
Europe leg
October 24, 1996 Cork Ireland Millstreet Arena Fastbacks
October 26, 1996 Dublin The Point
October 28, 1996 London England Wembley Arena
October 29, 1996
November 1, 1996 Warsaw Poland Torwar Hall
November 3, 1996 Berlin Germany Deutschlandhalle
November 4, 1996 Hamburg Alsterdorfer Sporthalle
November 6, 1996 Amsterdam Netherlands RAI Parkhal
November 7, 1996 Paris France Le Zénith
November 9, 1996 Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion
November 10, 1996 Munich Germany Olympiahalle Cancelled
November 12, 1996 Rome Italy PalaEUR
November 13, 1996 Milan Forum
November 15, 1996 Prague Czech Republic Sports Hall
November 17, 1996 Budapest Hungary Sports Hall Fastbacks
November 19, 1996 Istanbul Turkey World Trade Center
November 21, 1996 Barcelona Spain Sports Palace
November 22, 1996 San Sebastián Anoeta Velodrome
November 24, 1996 Cascais Portugal Dramatico
November 25, 1996

Band members

Songs performed




  1. Philips, Chuck. "Pearl Jam to Tour on Own Terms Again". Los Angeles Times. July 25, 1996.
  2. Pearl Jam references in Dennis Rodman's book (July 1, 1997). Retrieved on 4-11-09.
  3. "The Unofficial Pearl Jam FAQ".
  4. Symonds, Jeff (1998-02-14). "Pearl Jam Yields to Ticketmaster". E! Online. Retrieved 2007-06-27.
  5. Weisbard, Eric, et al. "Ten Past Ten". Spin. August 2001.
  6. "Pearl Jam: Set Lists". Retrieved 2007-12-08.
  7. "The Five Horizons Concert Chronology". Retrieved 2007-12-08.
  8. "The Pearl Jam Concert Chronology". Retrieved 2007-12-08.
  9. "Set Lists and Shows of 1996-1". Retrieved 2007-12-08.
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