Eddie Vedder Live at Eventim Apollo (Hammersmith), London [7th June 2017] - Review
Eddie Vedder has made his way over the pond this spring/summer to tour Europe, and I managed to witness his performance at the Hammersmith Eventim Apollo. Eddie and Pearl Jam have been very important to me for a long time, so seeing this was an opportunity I couldn’t afford to miss.
The supporting set was performed by Irish folk songwriter and ‘Once’ star Glen Hansard. Glen was a very energetic performer despite being seated the whole time. The songs (performed solely on acoustic guitar) were powerful and full of emotion. He talked to the audience like friends having drinks, and it was very intimate.
Eddie arrived on stage just before 9pm and played a solid set that lasted just over two hours (probably because the curfew was 11pm, I’m sure if he were given the chance the gig would have gone on much longer). The set was beautiful, adorned with homely accents such as a circular rug, suitcase, tape recorder, and memorabilia from ‘The Big Lebowski’, the set was added to later on in the show as a fake campfire was wheeled out to accompany Eddie when performing tracks from the ‘Into The Wild’ album. The sound was fantastic, even though I was sitting up in the balcony I could hear the guitars and vocals extremely clearly, with neither one overpowering the other.
Eddie was extremely communicative with the crowd, again treating the thousands of people before him as old friends. He even gave one of his ukuleles to a young member of the audience, then stated ‘I gotta plant the seed’, hopefully that kid is strumming away as we speak.
The show was one of the best I have been to. Though I may be biased, it was a fantastic performance and one I will never forget.
The Needle and the Damage Done (Neil Young cover)
Off He Goes
Sleeping By Myself
It Happened Today (R.E.M. cover)
Out of Sand
Good Woman (Cat Power cover)
Masters of War (Bob Dylan cover)
I’m So Tired (Fugazi cover)
Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town
Sleepless Nights (Everly Brothers cover) with Glen Hansard
I’m the Answer (Simon Townshend cover) with Simon Townshend
Should I Stay or Should I Go (The Clash cover) with Dhani Harrison
Society (Jerry Hannan cover) with Glen Hansard
Hard Sun (Indio cover) with Glen Hansard and Simon Townshend
The Commitments (1991) Dir. Alan Parker ↳ “Do you not get it, lads? The Irish are the blacks of Europe. And Dubliners are the blacks of Ireland. And the Northside Dubliners are the blacks of Dublin. So say it once, say it loud: I’m black and I’m proud.”
This song’s about the possibility of you finding yourself at a party with your girlfriend, you both arrive in, she goes off to get a drink, you stand there for a minute, you’re looking around, and next thing you see this girl, that you absolutely and utterly can’t take your eyes off, just for a split second you’re like ‘oh my God who is she?’ and then it turns out to be your girlfriend. And just from what it was, she was coming around the corner, and it’s just a moment of 'cha-ching. I’m taking her home tonight.’