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Eddie Vedder & Glen Hansard - Falling Slowly - 9/9/2017

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.

Setlist:

  1. Long Road
  2. Dead Man
  3. The Needle and the Damage Done (Neil Young cover)
  4. Off He Goes
  5. Wishlist
  6. Can’t Keep
  7. Sleeping By Myself
  8. Soon Forget
  9. It Happened Today (R.E.M. cover)
  10. Out of Sand
  11. Driftin’
  12. Far Behind
  13. Guaranteed
  14. No Ceiling
  15. Rise
  16. Good Woman (Cat Power cover)
  17. Unthought Known
  18. Masters of War (Bob Dylan cover)
  19. Parting Ways
  20. Porch
  21. I’m So Tired (Fugazi cover)
  22. Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town
  23. Black
  24. Come Back
  25. Sleepless Nights (Everly Brothers cover) with Glen Hansard
  26. I’m the Answer (Simon Townshend cover) with Simon Townshend
  27. Should I Stay or Should I Go (The Clash cover) with Dhani Harrison
  28. Society (Jerry Hannan cover) with Glen Hansard
  29. Hard Sun (Indio cover) with Glen Hansard and Simon Townshend
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In the end, this is all that really matters.

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.’
—  Glen Hansard about “Falling Slowly” (x)