Thick Pix: Man In The Black Hat

by Kathy Davis on April 12, 2009

Man In The Black Hat, Jan 20 2009 @ The Tractor Tavern, Seattle

Man In The Black Hat, Jan 20 2009 @ The Tractor Tavern, Seattle

Ed joined The Knitters for X song “The New World”  at The Tractor Tavern back on Inauguration Day.  We were reminded of this show when a nice quote about Ed came up in this phone interview  Exene Cervenka did with the Tacoma News Review:  “You missed some good shows if you missed that,” X and Knitters singer Exene Cervenka scolded when I caught up with her for a phoner last month. “You know, any time that you get to slow dance with Eddie Vedder during ‘New World’ is happy … because I love him dearly.”

A little recap of the show:  The country’s best inauguration party Tuesday night turned out to be in the other Washington: At Seattle’s tiny Tractor Tavern club, the Knitters (the rootsy side band led by X’s John Doe and Exene Cervenka) played a Americana-soaked barnstormer of a show — complete with a guest appearance by Eddie Vedder. “Whenever anyone’s being a cynic and an asshole, saying it’s just gonna be the same old thing, do me a favor and tell ‘em to fuck off,” Doe told the crowd, in one of the evening’s many happy references to the day’s events. Then he invited Vedder onstage to duet with Cervenka on a gleefully frenzied version of X’s 1983 tune “The New World,” with its sardonic lyrics about another election: “It was better before they voted for what’s his name.”

Vedder, who had managed to blend in to the crowd (which also included his Pearl Jam bandmates Jeff Ament and Mike McCready) with his hair tucked into a big black knit cap, was in a mood to celebrate: He pounded out the beat on Doe’s back with his fists, slow-danced with Cervenka, and played air guitar while the Knitters’ Dave Alvin (formerly of the Blasters) finished the song with a lengthy solo that incorporated both Chuck Berry licks and what sounded like part of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” “Thank you, man in the black hat,” Doe said.

Kathy Davis ( Twitter: @CrookedArm23 )
A Bay-Area based entrepreneur, co-editor Kathy conceives and writes her share of TFT’s articles and sections. She was co-editor/co-founder of one of the first Pearl Jam fanzines "Footsteps" (1992-1997). Kathy’s first Pearl Jam show was at the Bridge School Benefit on November 1, 1992.

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