Eddie Vedder-Live In Philadelphia, PA June 25, 2011

by Kathy Davis on June 26, 2011

Tower Theatre marquee & Philly show shirt

Ah, Philly. It’s no secret that Pearl Jam love the city, and the PJ fans there are just about the most passionate and loyal as they come. Our boy Ed.  It’s a constant source of amazement that each night of his solo tour can have so many uniquely special synergies that elevate the experience to new heights, and the evening in Philly is certainly proof of that.  Take an acoustically great, wonderful historic 84-year-old theatre, and sprinkle in guest appearances from Glen Hansard’s Swell Season partner-in-crime, fellow Oscar winner Marketa Irglova, add a Springsteen cover complete with Clarence Clemons’ nephew Jake on saxophone, and you get magic.

Here’s what we know about the night, a master post to be updated as details surface.

Setlist from PJ’s Official Message Board:

Eddie Vedder
Tower Theater, Philadelphia PA
June 25, 2011
Set List

01. Waving Palms
02. Can’t Keep
03. Sleeping By Myself
04. Without You
05. Goodbye
06. Broken Heart
07. Light Today
08. You’re True
09. Girl From The North Country-(Bob Dylan)
10. I Am Mine
11. Betterman {for Charles DeFabio on his 90th birthday. He was also brought on stage for the last show at the Spectrum)
12. Just Breathe
13. Far Behind
14. Long Nights
15. Lukin
16. Guaranteed
17. Rise
18. Unthought Known
19. Speed Of Sound
20. Arc

Encore Break 1
21. Parting Ways
22. You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away-(Lennon, McCartney)
23. Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town
24. Tonight You Belong To Me w/ Markéta Irglová -(Rose/David)
25. Society w/ Glen Hansard-(Jerry Hannan)
26. Falling Slowly {Glen singing and playing acoustic, Eddie duet vocal}-(Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová)
27. Drive All Night w/ Jake Clemons & Glen Hansard-(Bruce Springsteen) {Jake is Clarence Clemons’ nephew. Glen sings lead most verses and plays acoustic guitar, Ed plays pump organ, sings lead on first verse and backgrounds for the rest of the song, Jake plays saxophone}
28. Porch

Encore Break 2
29. Hard Sun w/ Jake Clemons, Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová,-(Gordon Peterson)

Poster:  Designed by LA-based husband and wife design team DabsMyla. The two hail from Melbourne, Australia and now live and work in Los Angeles.

Ed Ved Philadelpha 2011 poster designed by Dabsmyla

The two are offering a Limited Edition signed, numbered run of the 7-color screenprinted gem for sale on their site starting Monday, June 27 at 12 Noon Pacific time -for the low low price of $50!  If you want one of your own, you can get it here when the sale starts.

TFT was in the house, and here are Jessica’s TFTweets from the show (slightly edited for easier reading):

●Marketa showed up to sing with Glen Hansard! It’s a special show already.

●Never thot I’d hear EV refer to all the camera flashes as feeling like Justin Bieber Now: Sleeping By Myself

●Don’t know what to say about how fine a voice EV is in tonight. Plus the house sound is amazing. Light today.

●Stars in the ceiling are on. Sing-a-longs have begun. The in between is mine

●90 year old Charlie D from Spectrum staff brought out for a hug & standing ovation pre Better Man

●Arc gets me every time.

●EV telling a story about visiting the Dakota today in NYC where Lennon was shot w/his daughters ‘saddest place on earth’ now: Hide Your Love

●Tonight “You Belong to Me” with Marketa Irglova -Woot!

●If somehow possible EV singing Hansard’s falling slowly sounds even better than NYC

●Clarence Clemons’ nephew (Jake) is about to play sax with EV & Glen

● EV on organ w Jeff Clemons & Hansard guitar. Just wow.

●It is Springsteen’s “Drive All Night” they are covering if I didn’t mention that EV, Glen & (Jake) Clemons-We are only a few miles from Jersey, after all

●As you might have guessed Marketa Irglova, (Jake) Clemons, & Hansard are in lab coats w/EV on “Hard Sun” -I don’t say this often but it sounds good with sax on it

“Overheard” on the Official Message Board:

-(Ed) deserves big applause for calling out the shouters and the cameras the last two nights. Seriously, the cameras during first two songs were outta control. Here’s a few tips, turn off the flash and lower the brightness – use a black wallpaper and cover the screen when you are taking pics. Makes you considerably less of a giant a$. (Darthspacegrass) (or better yet, respect the No Cameras signs and warnings – Ed doesn’t want the distraction-KD)

-just got back! WOW what a show. We got there early (before 4). Saw Ed get out of the tour bus. Got to our seats (towards the back in ROW T). then some dude came over and asked if we wanted front row seats. I thought it was a joke or some catch, but it wasn’t. We (Ashlee/Afroannie) and I were right up there. 1st row could touch the stage. Security was like only thing is no pica and no touching the stage. I did manage to sneak a few pics in towards the end, sorry had to being that close up with my iphone.  (eeriepadave)

-Dude (He is being referred to as “livestrong” dude-KD) getting literally tossed. Seemed to refuse to get up then was physically lifted the fuck outta there with massive abrupt force by three security guys.   Lukin request – someone shouted it (there was very little shouting overall, very good, if not great, crowd) , Which Ed followed by saying “really?!”. Then said “how about I just say fuck you and play the next song”. He then said directly “fuck you”. Then played fast lukin with a furious ending!! Shit was funny.  Loved the waves ed played on his reel-to-reel. And the stars on the Tower Theatre ceiling (they were lit to add twinkle to the night – KD.) Amen.  …that whole John Lennon story was an intense story. Ed said he had left ny today. And that before he left he wanted to take his daughters to Strawberry Fields (in Central Park). And past where Yoko had lived. Then he was saying how that spot is probably the saddest spot in the world. And also that the park was beautiful. The moment and story was very Ed and PJ. Deep sadness and beauty and life all powerfully happening at once. This led into two great singalongs of Hide Your Love away and Elderly Woman b. Def great part of the set. Which was all great! (ryanevolution)

We’ll add reviews and whatever else that turns up when we find it.  Brotherly love Rock!

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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