Eddie Vedder-Live In St. Louis July 1, 2011

by Kathy Davis on July 2, 2011

before the curtain rises - by @dandrake333

Not a heckuva lot to report at posting time here, though the setlist kind of speaks for itself – the sets keep getting longer…and longer…maybe by the time I get to San Diego, we’ll be there all night!  The Fox Theatre in St. Louis has hosted notable visits from Pearl Jam before (March  14/15, 1994; Oct. 5, 2004) -and for two hours and twenty minutes tonight, Ed infused the room with more magic.

Setlist (from the Official Message Board)

Eddie Vedder
Fox Theater
St. Louis, MO
July 01, 2011

Set List

01. Waving Palms
02. Can’t Keep
03. Sleeping By Myself
04. Without You
05. Goodbye
06. Havana Moon-(Chuck Berry)
07. You’re True
08. Light Today
09. Trouble-(Yusuf Islam)
10. Sometimes
11. I Am Mine (for Christopher Lee-Sye & his wife Nicole)
12. Thumbing My Way
13. Driftin’
14. Betterman
15. Far Behind
16. Long Nights w/Glen Hansard
17. Guaranteed
18. Improv on Mandolin for ASL interprater
19. Rise (for ASL interpreter and those benefitting from the interpretation)
20. Just Breathe (for expectant parents Jennifer & Robbie)
21. Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town
22. Unthought Known
23. Arc

Encore Break 1
24. Wishlist
25. Immortality
26. Sleepless Nights w/Glen Hansard-(Boudleaux Bryant, Felice Bryant)
27. Society w/Glen Hansard-(Jerry Hannan)
28. Falling Slowly {Glen singing and playing acoustic, Eddie duet vocal}-(Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová)
29. Last Kiss-(Cochran)
30. So You Want To Be A Rock ‘N’ Roll Star-(Hillman, McGuinn)
31. Lukin
32. Porch

Encore Break 2
33. Hard Sun w/Glen Hansard-(Peterson)
34. Dream A Little Dream-(Gus Kahn, Wilbur Schwandt, Fabian Andree)

A few notes:

Noted on setlist (may have been just a snippet done as a lead-in to You’re True),  Havana Moon honors legendary Rock & Roll guitarist Chuck Berry,  a St. Louis native who at the age of 85 is still out there doin’ it!  The I Am Mine dedication was for the Lee-Sye family, who along with their daughter Carolyn lost their home & possessions in the tornado that devastated Joplin, MO earlier this year. (Wishlist Foundation pre-party fundraiser tonight was for them, and the Foundation has a benefit page for the family if you’d like to help).

From Big Green Country on the Official Message Board:

Fantastic night. I took my 65 year old dad. Awesome times. The dedication of I Am Mine to Chris was killer…”We’re all safe tonight”. Story of remembering the night he wrote Immortality in the basement on masking tape was my favorite part. Funny that he woke up to see a “Snoopy Red Baron” plane flying by the Arch dive bombing a bridge with smoke coming out of the tail. (He said) “I thought, What’s the world coming to? Snoopy’s a terrorist now? What the fuck does Snoopy have against St. Louis? Then I saw all of the people standing underneath the Arch clapping…I realized it was an airshow!” Good laugh.  By the way, I’m sure most of you know this, but Glen Hansard is bad ass. Incredibly cool story how he and Ed connected after the stage diver during the Swell Season show. Don’t miss this show if you still have a chance to go.

Poster: (all info from Inside The Rock Poster Frame)

poster design by John Glomb

The designer is surfboard designer & embellishment artist John Glomb, co-founder of BYB (Back Yard Boards) and his own surfboard art company Nutz.

Hopefully, more reports will surface soon. Feel free to chime in  - or e-mail us reviews if you were there.

Hail, hail rock & roll!

UPDATE:

The St. Louis media stepped up with some  nice reviews, highlights and links below:

Eddie V & Elvis C.:  First, a little bit about Ed’s surprise appearance at Elvis Costello’s show at the Pageant in St. Louis Friday, from the website Ultimate Classic Rock:

Wearing a Who t-shirt, Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder popped in on Elvis Costello’s Friday night show at the Pageant in St. Louis to jam out on a cover of ‘Substitute,’ by, go figure, the Who. Vedder’s performance was a surprise drop-in prior to his own show at the Fabulous Fox Theatre that same night. He hung out after ‘Substitute’ to participate in Costello’s ongoing spinning wheel gag, a bit in which audience members get to spin the wheel to help pick the setlist for Costello’s show. Vedder’s spin landed on ‘Pump It Up.’

It was the latest in a series of venue-crashing performances by Vedder, who showed up on Thursday night at the Chicago area bar Murphy’s Bleachers in Wrigleyville for open mic night. He sang his Cubs tribute song ‘All The Way’ and covered Neil Young’s ‘Rockin’ in the Free World,’ a longtime Pearl Jam setlist staple.

Vedder had been in town for two Chicago area performances Tuesday and Wednesday prior to singing ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game’ on Thursday at the Cubs game with former Cub Jose Cardenal. According to Murphy’s co-owner James Murphy, Vedder stopped by the bar after the Cubs game with co-owner Beth Murphy and Ron Santo Jr.

“Beth asked him to play a couple of songs at our open mic … before getting back on his tour bus last night.”Vedder’s solo tour for ‘Ukulele Songs’ continues on Saturday night with a show in Minneapolis.

Review from St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  Eddie Vedder is masterful at the Fox

Excerpt: Rocker Eddie Vedder is well known as a commander of the stage when he goes out on the road with his long-time band Pearl Jam, but who’d imagine he’d be able to command the stage with just a ukulele? Vedder made his way over the Fox to get these ukulele songs cracking.  And snap, crackle and pop is what these songs did, with a master like Vedder behind them.

Review: RiverFront Times Music Blog with photo

photo by Jason Stoff-Riverfront Times

Excerpt: Nobody tell Nic Cage, but Eddie Vedder’s voice is basically a national treasure at this point. It’s the voice that launched a thousand alt-rock vocalists, those of Creed and Fuel least notable on the list. And when it comes to shows with the level of intimacy created last night at the Fox, it’s the only instrument that actually matters, a guttural, still-jarring yaw that is as dramatic as it is dynamic. Vedder can — and did, frequently — take that voice from Bolton to Jackson to Jagger in one note. Sometimes, it’s almost alarming.

Review:  Picture of Ed at Elvis Costello’s show in St. Louis – link to review of that show in the Riverfront Times here.

photo by Jon Gitchoff/Riverfront Times

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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Kate July 2, 2011 at 2:28 am

Was an amazing show. You could really tell that Eddie was having fun. And Glen…wow.

Jennifer July 2, 2011 at 10:43 am

I’ve always liked Pearl Jam, but became a huge Eddie Vedder fan when Into the Wild came out. This was the first time I’ve seen him live… What a GREAT show! He rocked the house & personalized the show with his stories & tributes. Totally worth the 12 hour drive up from Ft Worth, TX.

Fenzitter July 3, 2011 at 9:47 am

Not being a die hard Pearl Jam fan, this show proved to me that Eddie Vedder is a great musician, songwriter and storyteller and that Springsteen has passed the baton he took up from Dylan to Eddie. One of the encores he performed with Glen Hansard – Hansard’s riveting “Falling Slowly” – is perhaps the best song I’ve ever seen performed live. And I’ve seen the Stones, Wilco, Springsteen, etc., multiple times. Maybe it’s his Midwestern roots, but, despite his becoming a rock legend, he has shown a deep appreciation of the human existence and has the humility befitting his accolades.

Christy October 21, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Does anyone know if it’s possible to purchase a CD of a sound recording from the Eddie Vedder solo concert that took place July 1, 2011 at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis? If so, how?

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