Eddie Vedder-Live In Chicago June 29, 2011

by Kathy Davis on June 30, 2011

Well, we didn’t expect to have *too* much to post tonight, but…here are some nice details – and stories!

Setlist (from the Official Message Board)

Eddie Vedder
Chicago Theater-Chicago IL
June 29, 2011
Show 2

Set List
01. Without You
02. Sleeping By Myself
03. Goodbye
04. Broken Heart
05. Can’t Keep
06. Soon Forget
07. Longing To Belong w/Steven Houser playing cello
08. Around The Bend
09. Off He Goes
10. I Am Mine
11. Betterman
12. Speed Of Sound
13. Setting Forth
14. Guaranteed
15. Rise
16. Just Breathe w/ string quartet (dedicated to Charlie Watts & his wife)
17. Lukin w/string quartet (slow version)
18. Unthought Known
19. Porch

Encore Break 1
20. 4th Of July-(Dave Alvin)
21. I Used To Work In Chicago-(Vincent)
22. Wishlist
23. Picture In A Frame-(Kathleen Brennan/Tom Waits)
24. Society w/Glen Hansard-(Jerry Hannan)
25. . Falling Slowly w/string quartet {Glen singing and playing acoustic, Eddie duet vocal}-(Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová)
26. Open All Night-(Bruce Springsteen)
27. Let My Love Open The Door-(Pete Townshend)
28. Crazy Mary-(Williams)
29. Rockin’ In The Free World-(Young)

Encore Break 2
30. Hard Sun w/ Glen and various kids from the audience -(Peterson)
31. Dream A Little Dream-(Gus Kahn, Wilbur Schwandt, Fabian Andree)

String Quartet
Tom Yang-Violin 1
Katherine Huges Violin 2
Doyle Armbrust Viola
Steven Houser- Cello

Poster (all courtesy Inside The Rock Poster Frame)

Chicago 2 poster - by Munk One

And great Poster Sale details:

On Thursday JUNE 30 (THAT’S TODAY) at 7am PST Munk One will be selling both of his Chicago posters. Tuesday’s poster is a 5 color silk screen. Both are 18 x 24 inches. Artist edition is 100 signed and numbered posters.

$55 + shipping for either poster. Single orders of both prints may not have matching numbers.

$100.00 + shipping. (matching number set) Only 20 matching number sets of posters will be available.

Buy them at http://invisible_industries.storenvy.com/collections/23710-prints

Notes: Ed brought some kids and their parents who were in the front row onto the stage for “Hard Sun”, and here’s a sneaky snap:

Hard Sun - with help

NOTES: One of our Twitter followers Tyler Tate (@GoodHenchman) pointed out that Ed played songs from every Pearl Jam album except “Avocado” over the past 2 nights (11 each night if my count is right).  Sandwiched in between the 31 total tunes on the setlist this evening, a chatty Ed told some great stories. Fortunately, our eyes and ears in attendance tonight were able to jot down a few notes for us; thanks to SMM and AKM for the fine reporting.

Ed false started “Sleeping  By Myself”, saying I’m sorry I feel bad because there is a little boy, an 8-year-old  in the front row and this next song…He had the boy stand up, asked “What’s your name?”  (Stephen), and said ‘I’m sorry, kid this won’t happen to you until you’re at least 12 or 13’, and then sang the song.

After “Goodbye”, he said “I’m doing one more depressing one and then I’m off to the fucking  races.”

After “Can’t Keep”:  Ed started to do something, had the red/green flannel shirt on, unbuttoned, looked down and said “What the hell happened here?” There was a giant hole where pocket should be, big enough fit his whole hand through –which he did from behind the shirt. Said “This probably happened in the mid-‘90’s and I’m just now noticing it…speaking of the mid-‘90’s at least I think this was the mid 90’S I don’t know I forget …then went into “Soon Forget”.

Chicago Theatre story: After “Off He Goes” Ed tells a longer story- spoke about when he moved back to Chicago at the age of  17, he was living with his Mom, talking about the Chicago Theatre –that it used to be a movie house that showed porn – only without the porn. He and Mom were going through hard times, and were coming downtown to go to some Government building to apply for Food Stamps. They got in there, and it was a long wait so his Mom told him you don’t have to wait why don’t you walk about for a few hours. It was mid- January, cold outside…he had 17 bucks on him and it cost 2$ to get into Chicago Theatre to watch 2nd run movies, so he came in to watch Superman 2.  Got in there, and had to go down to bathroom, at the bottom of the theatre – there were lots of people are down there, since for $2 is was a good way to get in from the cold…Some guy told him they’d sell him 5 joints to 10$ -, to Ed that sounded like a deal, so the guy let him try it. He took one hit & “that was the real deal, so I gave him the ten bucks before I even exhaled. He said that left him with “5 bucks for the rest of the week, but I have 10 joints – what else do you need?” He took those, went to the balcony, which was closed off  - you weren’t supposed to go up there because  it was dangerous. Ed mentioned,  “at this point I don’t think anyone was even  working inside the theatre.” He lit up the first joint, started coughing profusely; teling the crowd “I don’t know if you’ve ever smoked pencil shavings before…” – Ed had been scammed. “So I figured out to go back with Mom for last ½ hour of waiting, which was more like 4 hours”.  He remembered sitting there in the government building waiting on the food stamps, and thinking “We’ve got to get out of this situation.” He paused and said “Let’s just say Mom’s got a nice place to live now.” Another pause as people cheer, he added “It’s not paid off yet, but….” And then went into ‘I Am Mine’

Rolling Stones story:  Prior to “Speed of Sound”,  Ed said he wrote the song for Ronnie Wood, but Ronnie never got around to it…Asked the crowd “do you want me to tell a story about Ron Wood & The Stones?”… After the cheers, talked about how when they were opening for the Rolling Stones (in 1997), on a night off Ronnie says to come back to his room, Ed though that “sounds like fun” and it was. When the Stones get a hotel room, each band member has his own floor, with security guards at each end near the elevators. So you have to get past all the security to you get to the room – and that’s where the trouble started.  Ron had two huge road cases that travel with him, one with all of his equipment like a TV, CD player, DVD player and turntable, and another with all vinyl and CD’s and DVD’s. Amongst other things.  So they spent the night smoking weed and listening to music from hard cases, (impersonating Ron Wood)  ”Did you ever hear Junior Walker?”   So they are smoking out and listening to music, and the phone rings. Woods’ wife Jo answers saying someone is calling to complain about the loud music, and Ron says to “tell ‘em to fuck off, we’re the Rolling Stones we know what we’re doing!” So she hung up.  A few minutes later, the phone rang again with the same complaint;  Ron again told Jo to tell them to fuck off, and Jo says  “It’s Charlie.” It was Stone’s drummer Charlie Watts calling to tell him to turn it down, because his wife had just flown in to see him. Jo asked Ron ‘how do I turn this down?’ to which Ron replied…”Don’t turn it down, put on something romantic.” Ed later dedicated “Just Breathe” to Charlie Watts & his wife.

Comment about Dad: Someone in the crowd called out something about being Ed’s Dad, and Ed replied “I know you’re not my Dad because my dad’s dead.” Someone called out “I love you Eddie”, he said “It’s okay that my Dad didn’t love me he just didn’t know how…my Dad didn’t even know who I was!” Ed stopped himself and said “What am I getting into up here?”

Explained the reason he was singing “4th of July” was because it reminded him of being in (Chicago’s) Grant Park & riding his bike down there in the summer.

‘Brilliant’ London Bridge Studios: Glen came out for the encore, and Ed told a story about taking his first trip overseas, being at London Bridge Studios when  Pearl Jam were making Ten. The recording studio was in the back, and the band were all staying at the house in the front. Ed went into the kitchen, and there was really cool British lady who worked at the house, and she had heard Black. She asked who that was singing, and Eddie said ‘that would be me’. And she replied ‘brilliant’. Ed got all excited because “God knows the guys in the band would never tell me that.” So he went upstairs to write a postcard to tell little brother about it and wrote “Yeah man, I  think we’re really on to something here”, so thrilled that the woman thought Black was “brilliant”. He goes downstairs the next morning and Stone is in the kitchen, and the woman is also down there and Stone is making toast (presume the woman asked him to help?-KD), and he puts it in the toaster, pulls down the lever of the toaster, and the woman says “Brilliant.”  Ed makes an extremely annoyed face, showing how incredulous he felt upon hearing her referring to the action of Stone pulling the toaster lever down “brilliant.”  Later, she hands Ed the peel from an orange and says “Could you put that in the receptacle (trash)?” which Ed does. And the woman says…”Brilliant.”  After which Ed heads up stairs, gets the postcard he wrote to his brother tore it into pieces (the gestures of which he reenacted animatedly with ‘tearing’ motions) and “threw it in the receptacle with the orange peel”.

If any other info comes up, we’ll update the post when we can. Midwest 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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Mike Blanche June 30, 2011 at 8:40 am

Hi Kathy,
Thanks so much for posting these details and stories! BRILLIANT indeed !
I saw Ed last Wednesday for “Ukes Got Balls” (formerly known as Beacon night 2:) and its been nice to follow your posts
All the best
Mike

Liz L. June 30, 2011 at 9:07 am

Thanks so much for sharing the stories. Those are the best parts! Okay, well, the music is THE best, but stories are a close second.

Suew June 30, 2011 at 11:59 am

Thanks for posting, I was at the concert and loved the stories (almost) as much as the music! The setting was so much more intimate than any Pearl Jam concert I’ve been at, and the stories just kinda flowed… Loved, loved the concert

KB June 30, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Ed is personally responsible for Global Warming!

Tim June 30, 2011 at 1:30 pm

The bald dad who was on the stage at the end got a shoutout during Wishlist, I think. Something about the shine off Keith Bullard’s (??) head or something along those lines – the name isn’t right. I imagine those kids were not randomly chosen.

lindsay lake June 30, 2011 at 10:42 pm

Kathy! I’ll be hanging on your every word the rest of the tour. This is GREAT stuff!

Jack July 5, 2011 at 11:06 am

Thanks Kathy!! I am the bald guy who was pulled up with his son to sing Hard Sun with Ed. I think he knew it was my son’s birthday as I have a friend who works with Ed. He also bent down and said hi during the show and gave my son one of his picks. Very cool! The other kids and their parents were originally seated in the back but Ed sent his people out before the show to give them the surprise opportunity to sit up front. Non of us knew anything about getting up on stage. Just another cool moment that Ed created. My son will never forget it. You can watch the you tube video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmfLZCHrc2Q. There were a ton of them posted the morning after, but were taken down. This has no reference to the band or EV so it has slipped by.
The reference above from the change in lyrics in Wishlist was specific to two friends of Ed’s that were in the crowd and live in Chicago.
Great post!

Kathy Davis July 5, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Hi Jack! Thanks for commenting, what an amazing story…I will migrate it to the notes on the show, what a special night it was for you and your son! He’s going to think all shows are like that, just like Ed at his first concert- Bruce Springsteen. Wonderful for you both, thanks again for sharing.

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