Eddie Vedder Concert Chronology

U.S. April Fool’s Tour 2008 | U.S. August Tour 2008 | U.S. Summer Tour 2009 | Australia 2011 | U.S. Tour 2011 | Europe 2012 | North America 2012 | 2013 | Australia 2014

April Fool’s Tour 2008

03/24/08 – Kenyon Hall, West Seattle, WA

03/25/08 – Kenyon Hall, West Seattle, WA

04/02/08 – The Centre, Vancouver, BC, CAN
set: Walking the Cow, Around the Bend, I Am Mine, Dead Man, Man of the Hour, Guaranteed, No Ceiling, Far Behind, Rise, Millworker, Goodbye, Broken Hearted, You’re True, Driftin’, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, Picture in a Frame, Trouble, I Won’t Back Down, Forever Young
first encore: Society, Growing Up, No More, Porch
second encore: Hard Sun
TFT Notes: Aside from benefit and other appearances in the past, this show kicks off Eddie Vedder’s first official solo tour, presenting songs from the Into the Wild Soundtrack. More notes coming soon…

04/03/08 – The Centre, Vancouver, BC, CAN
set: Walking the Cow, Around the Bend, I Am Mine, Dead Man, Setting Forth, No Ceiling, Guaranteed, Far Behind, Rise, Millworker, Goodbye, Broken Hearted, Soon Forget, Used to Work in Chicago, Drifting, Hide Your Love Away, Trouble, If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out, Porch
first encore: Forever Young, Society, Lukin, No More
second encore: Arc, Hard Sun
TFT Notes: “Society” and “Hard Sun” are accompanied by Liam Finn. “If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out” is by Cat Stevens.

04/05/08 – SC Civic Auditorium, Santa Cruz, CA
set: Walking the Cow, Around the Bend, I Am Mine, Dead Man, I’m Open, Man of the Hour, Setting Forth, Far Behind, Rise, No Ceiling, Guaranteed, Millworker, Broken Hearted, Goodbye, You’re True, Chicago, Driftin’, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, Trouble, Forever Young, Porch
first encore: Happy Birthday (to Mike McCready), Society, Lukin, No More, Arc
second encore: Santa Cruz, Hard Sun
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04/07/08 – Zellerbach Theatre, Berkeley, CA
set: Walking the Cow, Around the Bend, I Am Mine, Dead Man, I’m Open, Man of the Hour, Setting Forth, Guaranteed, No Ceiling, Far Behind, Rise, Millworker, Goodbye, Satellite, Driftin’, You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away, Here’s to the State of Mississippi, Trouble, If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out, Parting ways, Forever Young, Porch
first encore: Society (with Jerry Hannah), Growin’ Up, Lukin, No More, Arc
second encore: Hard Sun (with Liam Finn)
TFT Notes: Jerry Hannan joins Ed for “Society”. Liam Finn, Eliza Jane Barnes and Jerry Hannan join Ed on “Hard Sun”.

04/08/08 – Zellerbach Theatre, Berkeley, CA
set: Walking the Cow, Around the Bend, I am Mine, Masters of War, Dead Man, I’m Open, Man of the Hour, Soon Forget, Broken Hearted, Setting Forth, Guaranteed, No Ceiling, Far Behind, Rise, Millworker, Driftin’, You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away, Trouble, Picture in a Frame, Forever Young, Porch
first encore: Society, Santa Cruz, No More, Arc
second encore: Song to Sean Penn, Hard Sun, Yellow Ledbetter, All Along The Watchtower
TFT Notes: Jerry Hannan joins Ed for “Society”. Liam Finn, Eliza Jane Barnes and Jerry Hannan join Ed on “Hard Sun”. Mike McCready and Liam Finn join Ed for “Yellow Ledbetter” and “All Along the Watchtower”.

04/10/08 – Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara, CA
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04/12/08 – Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
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04/13/08 – Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
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04/15/08 – Spreckels Theater, San Diego, CA
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04/16/08 – Spreckels Theater, San Diego, CA
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08/01/08 – Opera House: Boston, MA
set: Walking the Cow, Trouble, I Am Mine, Dead Man Walking, I’m Open, Man of the Hour, Wishlist, Setting Forth, Guaranteed (stopped), No Ceiling, Guaranteed , Far Behind, Millworker, Goodbye, Broken Hearted, Driftin’, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, I’m One, Porch
first encore: Untitled, Small Town, Society (w/ Liam Finn), Lukin, No More, Arc
second encore: Hard Sun (w/ Liam Finn on drums)
TFT Notes: Stage setup similar to West Coast tour with Ed surrounded by equipment, kickdrum, applebox floor apparatus. The batwings are there, with the Golden Globe tucked in the middle and wrapped in a black shirt. Backdrops: First is new – a giant mural that looks like an old neighborhood or village-with back of red brick buildings, a large alleyway with dumpsters, old fashioned metal trash cans. The perspective is painted in such a way that it looks like some of the buildings are coming toward you and you could walk through. It later switched to the “behind the scenes” stage backdrop, then the for “Hard Sun” it was the sea/sky landscape. Clad in a black “Devo” shirt, gray button down shirt and grayish jeans, from the beginning it seemed apparent that Ed was unwell; during the first 6 to 8 songs he was sweating, dropping chords, missing lines, blowing nose, not looking up to crowd. The first time he spoke was at the beginning of “Wishlist” when the crowd started clapping along with the beat extremely loud and he said “Ah! But can you sing it?” and the crowd did. (When he started “Wishlist”, he couldn’t get it going, then started tapping the beat. Some people tapped along, then the crowd recognized the song and everyone started clapping). Before the second verse, he turned his head to the side and ran from the beginning off mic trying to remember it. As soon as he got it, he looked up at the audience and smiled, acknowledging that he remembered. Before “I’m One”, Ed told the crowd that when he was going to work in Chicago, this was the song he sang to himself to tell authority to fuck off. Prior to “Elderly…”, he did an improv about Boston; some people were shouting out things (AGAIN with this????-Kath) and Ed commented “You can yell all you want, but I can’t hear what you’re saying” adding something like …”oh wait, I can hear you and yes I do want an omelet.” (Favorite overheard yelled-out request: “Obscure Pearl Jam rarities!”) At one point to quiet the yelling, Ed said “I thought I wouldn’t run into the screaming assholes until New York” and that got to the proud Boston crowd to quiet down. Prior to “Rise”, people started yelling out “Luuuuuke” thinking they recognized Ed’s ukulele … to which he teasingly said “mandolin….it’s a fucking mandolin!” At the beginning of “Arc”, Ed had trouble getting the in ear monitor set up, saying he’d work on “a way to do this faster tomorrow.” He started the first loop, for the 2nd loop George came out, but the song never really caught on and he let it play out while the crowd cheered. Between main set and first encore, the giant white furry Yeti came out, lab coat on, and swept the stage. Early in the first encore, Ed motioned to George Webb for a towel and wiped his face off, eliciting a hearty cheer from the Boston crowd. He motioned for Kleenex and blew his nose a couple of times. Then he wrapped the towel around his head and said “Who am I? Gimme another 10 million dollars!” (recently traded Red Sox centerfielder Manny Ramirez) Ed then finally told the crowd that he had an “issue with his health” and that he was on prescription medication. The container said “do not drive, do not operate heavy machinery” or do “anything that requires alertness. We’ll see what it’s like to play Boston when you’re not alert.” He tried to launch into the opening riffs of “Guaranteed”, but just couldn’t quite do it right, so he gave up, commenting “Some songs are more difficult to play on drugs than others” and launched into “No Ceiling”. Liam came out join Ed on “Society” with him and Ed said he was really happy that Liam could come out and do these little satellite shows, but that they haven’t played these songs since we were together in April, and he always forgets the 2nd verse, would someone in the front mind whispering it to him when he gets to it.

08/02/08 – Opera House: Boston, MA
set: Walking the Cow, Trouble, I Am Mine, Dead Man Walking, Man of the Hour, Sometimes, Masters of War, Setting Forth, Guaranteed, No Ceiling, Far Behind, Rise, Millworker, Soon Forget, Goodbye (incomplete), Driftin’, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, Forever Young, Porch
first encore: Don’t Be Shy, Growin’ Up, Wishlist, Society, No More, Arc
second encore: Hard Sun (w/ Liam Finn on drums)
TFT Notes: The recorded version of “Elderly Woman” by African singer Mburu played as the curtain went up and as soon as Ed came out, the crowd started singing along with the song. “I just wanna scream HELLO…” ; after the first “hearts & thoughts” verse he commanded that everyone sit with one swoop of his hand. He then sat down with his guitar and said “Thank you. And welcome to a night at the opera.” Ed mentioned that he wanted to “see what we can do” and that he wanted to push the boundaries. After the first couple of songs, Ed remarked about the shouting that he was “not going to tolerate the shit I tolerated the night before.” After “Dead Man”, Ed retrieved some lyrics from his notebook and launched into “Sometimes”. The song developed a different vibe toward the end; where the song would normally have faded, the audience were clapping along and it transformed and strengthened the song. Ed seemed very pleased by the transformation. Again when Ed got out the mandolin for “Rise”, people were shouting “Luuuuuuuke”, and he scolded “you uncultured bastards this is a mandolin!” and later, “This is the first time your ass has been in a velvet seat, right?” He spoke of how nice the theatre was and that he’d had an opportunity to play there…and held out the mandolin, showing off how “nice” it is. He started to play “Rise” and couldn’t quite get the fingering, saying “looks nice, but I can’t play it.” Regarding the shouting, Ed said that no matter where you are in the building, in the balcony or anywhere it doesn’t matter if you’re a man or a woman, it sounds like “I’m an idiot!”. Then the first time someone shouted “I’m an idiot!” after that and it caught Ed’s ear, it made him laugh pretty hard. Before “Millworker”, Ed commented about the song’s author James Taylor “He’s a badass motherfucker. Walk up to him and say ‘hi’ and he’ll tell you to get the fuck away and you wanna know why? …… Cuz he’s a bad ass motherfucker.” He then impersonated one of his fans talking to James Taylor and kind of whimpered “But…Ed…said…to say hi.” He commented that Exxon made 11 billion dollars in the last quarter, saying “I’m so bad at math…maybe it’s my low intellect but I don’t really get this math thing” incredulous at their glut of profit. He dedicated “Soon Forget” to Exxon. He started “Goodbye” next, playing the first verse then stopped, saying it didn’t go with “Soon Forget”. For “Driftin’”, Ed got a harmonica, started playing it then said “fuck it” and tossed it. He got a second one and said he didn’t like that one either, “it must be me or something.” After “Driftin’”, he retrieved a piece of paper that George put on the clipboard; Ed dedicated “Forever Young” to a young girl named Lindsey that he met earlier that day before the soundcheck. She had given him this letter that meant a lot to him – [A run down of the letter's content, from the writer herself: "In a nutshell, I explained that I just graduated high school and in general I am disgusted by the amount of materialism and conformity in most other teenagers. I told him that his music saved me from this. I wrote that at the end of middle school I was headed down the same path- listening to pop music and obsessing over brand name clothes. I told him about the first time I ever heard Pearl Jam and how I stayed up all night listening, completely blown away. Then I used the phrase (which he read out loud) "4 years and 11 Pearl Jam concerts later.. I am a completely different person" I explained a couple other ways he changed my life that he read out loud. It was something like "Instead of listening to pop music on my ipod, I'm listening to albums like Quadrophenia on vinyl. Instead of watching tasteless reality TV, I'm playing guitar and writing music. Instead of voting for the next American Idol, I'm making sure everyone my age is registered to vote for the next president."] After the song, he pointed out Howard Zinn in the crowd (who gave him a standing ovation) and said that what the band’s music had done for Lindsey (inspiration-wise), Howard had done for him. Prior to (Bruce Springsteen cover) “Growin’ Up”, Ed remarked on how Bruce was also in town (he was playing Gillette Stadium that night) so he was surprised that we had all given up that show to come see him instead, but that we were better off because it was raining so hard. So he figured he would do a song by him for us. The crowd started going “Bruuuuuuuuuuuuce!” and Ed remarked to Howard Zinn, “Howard, I just want you to know they are chanting ‘Bruce’, they are not booing” and smiled. Before “Wishlist” Ed said “I tried this last night and liked how it went so I’m trying it again.” Instead of using the e-bow to play the solo at the song’s end, Ed sang the notes instead. He uses the apple box foot platform to drive the beat of the song. “No More” is played on an almost glowing radiantly white acoustic guitar with a red sticker by the sound hole. “Arc” continued to play as the curtain went down; Ed came out in front of it and spent a few minutes blowing kisses, shaking hands and soaking in the love from the crowd. He seemed touched and emotional by the crowd’s response.

08/04/08 – United Palace Theater, New York, NY
set: Walking Cow, Trouble, Around the Bend, I Am Mine, Dead Man, I’m Open, Man of the Hour, Sometimes, Setting Forth, No Ceiling, Guaranteed, Far Behind, Rise, Millworker, Soon Forget, Goodbye, I Used to Work in Chicago, Walk Hard (tease), Driftin’, You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away, Porch
first encore: Wishlist, Let My Love Open the Door, Society, Masters of War, No More, Arc
second encore: Hard Sun
TFT Notes: Notes coming soon…

08/05/08 – United Palace Theater, New York, NY
set: Walking the Cow, Trouble, Sometimes, I Am Mine, Dead Man, Man of the Hour, Setting Forth, Guaranteed, No Ceiling, Far Behind, Rise, Millworker, Goodbye, Broken Hearted, Driftin’, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, Girl from North Country, Thumbing My Way, Porch
first encore: Wishlist, Here’s to the State of Mississippi, Society (w/ Liam Finn), No More, Arc
second encore: Hard Sun
TFT Notes: Notes coming soon…

08/07/08 – New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ
set: Walking the Cow, Trouble, Don’t Be Shy, Around the Bend, I Am Mine, Dead Man, Sometimes, I’m Open, Man of the Hour, Unthought Known, Driftin’, Masters of War, Setting Forth, No Ceiling, Guaranteed, Far Behind, Rise, Elderly Woman…, You’re True, Soon Forget, Forever Young, Porch
first encore: Society (with Liam Finn), Throw Your Arms Around Me (with Liam Finn), Growin’ Up, Lukin, Let My Love Open the Door, Arc
second encore: Hard Sun
TFT Notes: After “Walking the Cow”, Ed indicates the he was going to choose between the next two songs but that he’ll “just play them both”, playing Cat Stevens’ “Trouble” and “Don’t Be Shy”. There are tolerable shouts from the crowd, to which Ed says maybe later they’ll have “a little question and answer”. Someone asks “What are you drinking?” and he tells a story about drinking a lot the night before and coming up with a new song at 5AM that day. He uses a few analogies – “fruit that’s not yet ripe and “pants that need to be hemmed” – and plays a new song listed as “Unthought Known” on the setlist (three verses, three choruses) with one chorus repeating “Nothing left…” After “No Ceiling”, he puts a guy in the front row on the spot and asks him if he has a question and the guy asks “Can I request a song?”. Ed jokingly responds that he intended to give him an answer to a question, not give him a song. He makes a song request but Ed continues with “Guaranteed”. After “Rise” Ed grabs a guitar, strums a few (familiar) chords, and shakes his head realizing “I think I just played ‘Turning Japanese’ (The Vapors)”. He comments that of all the songs that could have channeled through him, he’s going to figure out why it was that song. Prior to “Elderly Woman…”, Ed says it’s “not requested but by request” and says that it’s the middle of the show and encourages the crowd to stand up for a “seventh inning stretch”, leading to a rousing version with Ed letting the crowd sing most of the lyrics. Following “You’re True”, Ed says after soundcheck he was walking around the venue and walked all the way up to the 4th tier (the venue has orchesta seating, then four vertically-tiered balconies) and recalled how he saw his first concert at the very last row in the top balcony (Springsteen at the Auditorium in Chicago). He mentions that because of the steep balconies he wasn’t going to play as many sad songs “to prevent jumpers”. He continues by mentioning he woke up and read his “first bad review” in the New York Times (of the August 5 show) that called him “brooding” and “righteous” and – after stating how Exxon/Mobile had $11 billion in profits while people couldn’t afford gas – that he’s “right” not “righteous”. “Forever Young” is dedicated to everyone whose birthday is today. Coming back from the first encore, Ed praises the venue saying that he gets asked a lot of questions at various events like barbecues and is always asked “where is the best place to play?” and for now on he’s going to say “Newark”. Getting back to the Q&A, Ed asks for another question and one fan’s asks “What are the lyrics to ‘Yellow Ledbetter’?”. The crowd roars in approval and Ed says “Wait … you mean there’s lyrics?” He then proceeds to tell the story surrounding the lyrics, saying it was written around the time of the Gulf War when “Papa Bush” was President. He knew an “alternative-looking” friend from Seattle who received a “yellow letter” when his brother died in the war. Ed was walking with this friend and there was a flag hanging from a porch on a house along the road. When the friend acknowledged the flag patriotically, the people seemed to not reciprocate his homage (“but they don’t wave”) because of his appearance. Bordering on tears, Ed wraps up the story and plays “Growin’ Up” because of the Bruce Springsteen / New Jersey connection. “Hard Sun” closes the show as the theater’s centerpiece – a large, spherical, gold/silver, illuminated chandelier – is lowered slowly over the crowd.

08/09/08 – Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Montreal, QC
set: Walking The Cow, Trouble, Sometimes, I Am Mine, Dead Man, Man Of The Hour, Setting Forth, No Ceiling, Guaranteed, Far Behind, Rise, Millworker, Goodbye, Brokenhearted, Driftin’, You’Ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, Blackbird, Gone, Porch
first encore: Society (with Liam Finn), Throw Your Arms Around Me (with Liam Finn), Wishlist, Lukin, I’m One, No More, Arc
second encore: Hard Sun (w/Finn, Barnes)
TFT Notes: Ed talked before he even started playing … hit the ground talking. “Has anyone seen the Olympic opening ceremony? These people are going to rule the world!” As ever, there was a lot of shouting from the crowd; early on a guy kept calling out incessantly, “Love you Eddie!” and chanting “Eddie, Eddie!” and it went on. Finally Ed responded “It’s been established, I know my name. “Touche’” The guy responds, to laughter. Ed says, “Okay we’ll call it a draw”. He mentioned at one point that on the first solo tour, he was in a place that didn’t speak English, and that he should speak French but he won’t be tonight. Before “Millworker”, he said that this is an American story. “Goodbye” featured several misfires; he kept stopping, finally saying, “one more mistake and this guitar is going to be in pieces. I blame other things for my mistakes.” Prior to “Blackbird”, Ed said that he’s been trying this out lately and he was going to try it with us and see how it went. ” It’s not a political song. Tim Robbins (went to) the last couple of gigs and said ‘people that come to these gigs, they are really fucking good singers’ … There’s a part in this song, you might think it’s over but it’s not…but that’s when the birds come in…so feel free to sing like the birds.” The crowd responds by whistling, to which Ed comments “That’s not a bird, birds have more respect than that…that’s how you’re looking for a bird….this may work it may not, I’m gonna try it…you’ll hear the bird part.” People started clapping, he said “no no, let’s keep it quiet. It’s a quiet one.” While strumming, he commented, “so what I’ve been thinking of is actually images of more of the African-American story in the United States, all they’ve ever overcome and at the end of this song whenever I’ve been playing it to myself, like at the end everything, when I think of this story I think, I think of all the bad things that have happened, I think of them getting hosed down in the 60′s, (still strumming) I think of all the bad images I have and at the end of the song, I see this picture in my head of Barack Obama in my head with a big smile on this face…” and back into the song. [Paul McCartney, regarding the writing of "Blackbird" from The Beatles biography "Many Years From Now" by Barry Miles: I developed the melody on guitar based on the Bach piece (Bouree in E minor) and took it somewhere else, took it to another level, then I just fitted the words to it. I had in mind a black woman, rather than a bird. Those were the days of the civil rights movement, which all of us cared passionately about, so this was really a song from me to a black woman, experiencing these problems in the States: 'Let me encourage you to keep trying, to keep your faith, there is hope.']. When Liam joined Ed on “Society”, Ed first related a story, saying “I’ve told Liam this story, and I haven’t told anyone else this story expect my…(long pause) wife.” He said he woke up at 1 p.m., the TV was on what he thought was the shopping channel….and he saw what he thought was a wrist. But there was no watch on it. And then he realized it wasn’t a wrist it was a sex toy. The camera pulls back and he sees other things attached to this toy…he reaches to the side of the bed, puts on his glasses, and it says on the screen “3-way stimulation”. “So I took off my glasses….” Liam responds “So you called the number?” and Ed says…”I’m not here long enough to receive it”. Ed thanked Tim Robbins for introducing him to Sean that brought him to this tour. Prior to “No More”, Ed mentioned Tomas Young, telling about how Tomas had pulmonary embolism, it was 7-8 hours before he was found, and that he was coming back from this, learning to speak again, and that Ed was going to see him when he goes to Chicago. He encouraged people to write to thim, that Tomas starts every day by reading letters he gets from people.

If TFT readers would like to write, Tomas’s family will forward mail sent to him here:
Tomas Young
112 NE 113th Street
Kansas City, MO 64155
USA

Toward end of show, Ed tells the crowd that he has a little girl who is 3-1/2, then corrected himself saying she is 4. She is really smart, and they read her books with French words in them sometimes. He was telling her about playing tonight and that he was playing to a French audience, and he asked her (kind of testing her) and “how would I say thanks?” And that she got that one easily. And then he said how would you say good night, and she said, “Bon….bon….just say hi!”. At one point between songs, he says to someone in the front row “Did you find what you were searching for in your purse?” He explained that “this girl…woman” was rooting around in her purse all during the last song. He said he was really distracted because the purse was white, and on the floor in front of her, and her pants were white and it almost looked like her pants were down around her ankles. Ed leaned over with gesture of pants around ankles, blocked by his open suitcase to kind of demonstrate how it looked from his angle. Ed said “I don’t know what it is tonight”…girls with pants around ankles…sex toys, I just can’t stop talking about this. At end he told the crowd, “Montreal you’ve been great. When I go home alone and lonely, I can’t be grumpy because of you. No songs will be written tonight.”

08/10/08 – Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Montreal, QC
set: Walking The Cow, Sometimes, Around The Bend, I Am Mine, Dead Man, Man Of The Hour, Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town, Masters Of War, Setting Forth, No Ceiling, Guaranteed, Far Behind, Rise, Soon Forget, Unthought Known, Thumbing My Way, Drifting, Forever Young, Porch
first encore: Society (w/Finn), Throw Your Arms Around Me (w/Finn), Wishlist, Girl From The North Country, Lukin, Let My Love Open The Door, No More, Arc
second encore: Hard Sun (w/Finn, Barnes)
TFT Notes: Ed walked out during the Small Town cover and proceeded to dance to it. The crowd was singing along mightily and he grinned along. He said he thought he was in Montreal for their summer, that summer is an amazing time, people fall in love in the summer. He went on to say that when they arrived on Friday morning, it was raining and it reminded him of Seattle. “Just like Seattle, but old… and French” Then he announced he was going to take the cow for a walk. Before Dead Man, he once again told the story about Stone “great guitarist.. brother” when he first heard this song. “He liked it but said maybe in the chorus, it should say “Dead Man Walking .. Around”. “He’s had some great ideas over the years but this definitely wasn’t one of them”. As usual, the loud male “Love You, Eddie” scream came early. Ed smiled and said “You sound handsome” and that he was willing to bet he wasn’t 5’2. There was a massive, very loud sing-along to his Small Town and one guy near the front turned around and conducted the crowd behind him. Ed was obviously impressed with the singing, and announced he “really needed a cigarette”. As he puffed, he said “I’m not saying that was like sex or anything.” The conducting guy hadn’t gone unnoticed by Ed and he said “this guy – here” (pointing) “turned into Leonard Bernstein” and seemed greatly amused by that. The guy said something (presumably “what do I get?”) and Ed responded “A beer with me” and asked for two beers. (George came running with them) He called the guy up, who kissed Ed soundly on the cheek (to Ed’s laughter and a bit of a recoil) and arms around each other, drank a beer with him. A short chat ensued, where apparently “Ralph told me his life story”. And brief nod to the state of the US followed with an angry and rousing “Masters of War”. Despite forgetting the first lines to a couple of the Into The Wild Songs, the guitar/mandolin/uke play was subtle and delicate but immensely powerful. Ed introduced “my friend the mandolin” when he said people were requesting uke songs and this wasn’t one. Ed announced that in the last 7-8 years he’d got about 8 uke songs and he was thinking about adding two more and putting out a 10 song uke album to “test everybody’s patience”. The new song “Unthought Known” which was “48 hours old” included the lines (paraphrasing) “the path the moon cuts for you to walk on, distant shores to welcome you”. Ed mentioned meeting a young girl Jenna that day and decided he’d bring her on stage. Waiting for this to happen he told his “good joke for you”: about a Dumb Blonde who came into a library and loudly asked for a cheeseburger. The prim, hair-pulled-back librarian bristled and whispering, told her this was a library. The dumb blonde responded, in a whisper, that she’d like a cheeseburger. He seemed to think Jenna would like this joke. Still waiting for Jenna said “it’s not like it’s her birthday or anything” when a voice from sidestage revealed it was. “You’re fucking kidding me”.. “Fuck” (at saying fuck to the young girl) and “Jiminy Cricket” came out instead. A brief chat revealed Jenna was too nervous to come on her own and “her Pop is going to join her”. Not sure who was more thrilled to be onstage with Ed singing “Forever Young” to them. After a stunning and emotional version, (tears in the voice) Ed said it was her first concert and she was now ruined. Ed wiped his face with a towel and then announced that the towel smelled “weird, really weird”. Some guy asked loudly if he could have it. And Ed responded that “it smells like you’ve already had it (long pause) a long time, your favorite towel”, and that it “smelled like cinnamon and then it didn’t” (with a grin). Requests for PJ songs had two funny responses: “When people ask for Spin the Black Circle, I feel like a prostitute who says ‘don’t touch me there…or it will be more money’” and RVM prompted a behind the head perfect rendition of the opening riffs. “Three Dylan songs tonight” brought an amazing “Girl from the North Country”. Two lovely duets with Liam and a chat that revealed they met when Liam was 11 and “who knew I’d end up looking up to him.” “Let my Love Open the Door” was spirited and joyful. “Arc” featured a rapt Ed rocking up and down as he added each harmony; the layered voices filling the room was otherworldly. A beachy Hard Sun ended, but Ed was reluctant to leave; there were kisses thrown and hands touched and long looks at an audience that was sated, “You’re very kind to a guy from West Seattle”.

08/12/08 – Massey Hall, Toronto, ON
set: Walking The Cow, Trouble, Sometimes, I Am Mine, Dead Man, Man Of The Hour, Long May You Run, Setting Forth, No Ceiling, Guaranteed, Far Behind, Rise, Here’s to the State of Mississippi, Picture in a Frame, Brokenhearted, Goodbye, Driftin’, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, Last Kiss, Porch
first encore: (Believe You Me)/Wishlist, Society (w/Finn), Parting Ways (w/Finn), Elderly Woman…, The Seeker, No More, Arc
second encore: Hard Sun (w/Finn, Barnes)
TFT Notes: A very long, very loud standing ovation started the show. Ed said it was humbling and “besides, you have to be cocky to do this, come out on your own, and (we) were spoiling that.” A false start on Trouble had him commenting that he “wasn’t cocky enough”. He’s obviously a fan of Massey Hall and mentioned the “Young Neil” connection, saying “Neil Young means Massey Hall”. Then it was “Johnny Cash means Folsom Prison” and commented that there seemed to be some inmates there tonight, pointing to various audience members. Tonight’s first male “love you Eddie” was recognized by Ed to be a Brit, which seemed to please him but followed that with “but his voice in an intimate setting may be a bit rough for me.” The Neil connection continued with him saying he’d only played the next song once, for his mother’s birthday and “Long May You Run” followed. The next audience suggestion that got Ed’s attention was “Play without speakers”. Ed responded “We could try that. How about you leave, we’ll try it and if it works, we’ll let you back in.” Much audience yelling surrounded Ed’s mention of the Elgin Theatre (next door) and the “Into The Wild” premiere with the audience repeatedly correcting his pronunciation of Elgin (‘gin’ not like the drink). Ed just wasn’t getting what they were saying and when he went frontstage to have someone tell him literally in his ear the correct way of saying it, he said “bring me the head of ..Smith who told me it was the ElGIN Theatre.” A funny story followed about said premiere and how they were all dressed and having a great time, but at some point in the evening “all the liquid I’d imbibed all night was in the physical confines of my body and … needed release.” He went outside, went around the corner, “took the appropriate gear out, saw the sign on the wall and thought ‘you can’t piss on Massey Hall’” So he put the “gear” back, went around the corner to a dumpster (“no one would complain about that”) and found release. Just at that moment a fancy, well dressed couple came by and he was sure they were thinking “scumbag”. “See, this business isn’t all glamour”. A loud request for “Lukin” prompted “you can’t play Lukin on a Mandolin”, but he tried briefly, anyway. A rousing “Here’s to the State” was followed by the clarifying that “when it said ‘Find another country’, it was NOT THIS ONE”! “Let’s get romantic” brought “Picture in a Frame” and “this is the dark side of love” was “Brokenhearted” with incredibly beautiful picking. “Goodbye” followed and when “play Black” came from the crowd, he said “I just did.” Another long storytime from Ed – the “Allegro story”. The night before, during a visit to a pool hall, he took a smoke break (“cause you can’t smoke anywhere and you meet the most interesting people that way”) where he saw a guy on a bicycle, who “hadn’t bathed in a month” and came up and kept saying “Allegro”. “Ask the sound guy, he was there”. They weren’t understanding him, (“I’m not Allegro”) but then realized it wasn’t “allegro”, but “where did my leg go?” as he was missing a leg. He talked about how bad he felt for the guy and wanted to go right now and search for it. He said something along the lines of “so if any of you find a leg …” Then came the question from the crowd I’d been wondering myself, “How did he peddle?”. “Good question”, thought a minute and then demonstrated that he pushed the bike along on one leg. A previous mention of “the band and the connection to Toronto” came back a while later with a very loud “what band are you in?” to much laughter. Ed, Without missing a beat said “Stone Temple Pilots”. And then “you fuckers are getting out of hand” with a grin. A really beautiful and delicate “Believe You Me” snippet prefaced “Wishlist”. Liam’s entrance was met with “You’re looking particularly stoned tonight, Liam” who responded “well, it’s Massey Hall”. Ed – “I’m just saying that cause I’m more than a little jealous.. but I’ll catch up later”. After “Society”, Ed played charades – “We’ve been working on this: two words, a song (with charades song gesture), first word sounds like…”. And then “don’t say it” to Liam – the song: Parting Ways. An argument with himself followed about whether to play “Small Town” again “as you’ve already heard it tonight” and a short story about African singer Mburu, (“He’s 65, blind and had about 3 teeth”) who his brother and the video director of “Life Wasted” worked with and how this song was a present to his brother at the end. What seemed like an inner battle of what to play next, “I don’t know what I’m doing” produced “The Seeker”. It should be noted that Ed twice referred to checking things online but both times, hesitated, made a box gesture and instead said “on that computer thing”. The night ended with “lots of fun, the least it’s ever felt like work”!

08/13/08 – Massey Hall, Toronto, ON
set: Walking the Cow, Trouble, Sometimes, Around the Bend, I Am Mine, Dead Man, Man of the Hour, Long May You Run, Masters of War, Setting Forth, No Ceiling, Guaranteed, Far Behind, Rise, Millworker, You’re Tue, Soon Forget, Lukin, Let My Love Open the Door, Porch
first encore: Wishlist, Helpless, Society (w/Finn), Throw Your Arms Around Me (w/Finn), Elderly Woman…, No More, I Am A Patriot, Arc
second encore: Old Man, Rockin in the Free World (w/Finn,Barnes), Rockin in the Free World Hard Sun (w/Finn, Barnes)
TFT Notes: The crowd gave Ed another extended standing ovation before he even played a note. After “Sometimes” and some vigorous foot stomping, Ed turned his back to the audience, made some “adjustments” to his person and turned back around around, saying, “sorry about that, a bit of a wardrobe malfunction.” Ed told the crowd about how a guy that worked for Neil Young called Elliott (Elliott Roberts, Neil’s longtime manager) gave him a copy of a show from Massey Hall and said it was the best Neil show ever . Ed mentioned that Neil had put out the recording a couple years ago and that was his initial connection to Massey Hall. Early on, Ed caught sight of a guy in the front row wearing a Star Wars T-Shirt with Stormtroopers on it. He pointed and asked, “Why are you wearing that shirt?” They guy’s reply was unintelligible, and Ed answered aloud “I thought so, I thought that’s why” and proceeded to talk about when he and Dave Grohl were on tour with Mike Watt in 1995 and stood outside the Watt show in Toronto and bought those exact same shirts. Ed pointed to his head, as if to tell the Star Wars shirt wearer “good thinking”. He seemed to get a kick out of the obscure reference. Prior to “Dead Man”, Ed spoke of the West Memphis Three, saying that something was going to be finally happening in about 10 days (Judge David Burnett has set aside Sept. 8 – Oct 3, 2008 to hear the new evidence and all three cases). He said it was 10 years in the making, and (regarding Damien Echols) that he got to know him, visited him, looked into his eyes, and he knows he’s not guilty, he would swear on everything, he would swear on his daughter. He noted the song is about the death penalty, but the difference (between Sean Penn’s character in Dead Man Walking and Damien) is that Damien is not guilty. Prior to “Man of The Hour”, Ed explained about writing the song for the movie (Big Fish), that a lot of people when they saw the movie thought about their own fathers and relationship with father, and that he thought about Johnny Ramone. When Ed wrote the song, “he was still with us, but very ill” and it was only a matter of time. He said he still thinks of Johnny whenever he sings it. Compared to the previous night, the seemingly less “rude” crowd mostly yelled out song titles and the occasional request for “Uncle Neil” rather than trying to “talk” to Ed. He commented that there will be lots of his songs tonight, we had to wait until later in the show, right now he was in the driver’s seat. Prior to one of the “Into the Wild” songs, Ed spoke about how he got to know (Chris McCandless’s) sister and family during the making of the movie and it felt like “he” was with him during this whole experience – motioning to the physical space beside him on the stage – which he liked (Ed never actually said the name Chris McCandless when he was telling the crowd this). People yelling ‘uke’ when the mandolin came out for “Rise” prompted an introduction to the instrument. Someone let Ed know that “Losing My Religion” is also played on a mandolin since he says he only knows one song on the instrument. Prior to “Masters of War”, Ed mentioned that he can’t wait until the day the song no longer has any meaning, and that “wasn’t going to apologize for being ‘righteous’ “(obviously a reference to the NY Times review), that he “wasn’t going to apologize and certainly wasn’t going to apologize for being an artist with an opinion”. He sounded quite angry and passionate about it. Ed talked about paddle boarding on Lake Ontario, paddling on shore over to Toronto Island, saying it was the first time he’d seen the Toronto skyline from the water. It reminded him of the Seattle skyline, and that “we both have these phallic symbols”, and “they are (both) erect” phallic symbols. He noted that Toronto’s (the CN Tower) is bigger but dirtier than Seattle’s, that Toronto had been ignoring their hygienic rituals. Ed spoke about how he is “constantly” asked to play at weddings, which is frustrating, saying emphatically “I … don’t … play …weddings.” He said he hates being asked to play weddings not only ’cause “I don’t play weddings unless it’s a bandmate…” but because he hated letting them down. [The previous night, there was a woman who yelled "Play at my wedding!" to which Ed had responded how she "should be glad someone was going to marry her."] He apologized for his snide remark in response to the request the previous evening, explained that he only plays at weddings if it’s his brothers or his bandmates. Or if Neil Young asked he would play at his wedding too. But (Neil) already has a wonderful woman named Pegi, so he may play at their 50th anniversary. Prior to playing “You’re True”, Ed spoke about meeting a couple earlier in the day and that the man was “in trouble” from his wife for spending so much money on the shows. Ed wanted to make sure that everything was going to be okay because this is it for a long time and Pearl Jam are going to make a record. So this love song was “for them”, and that it was the song that Ed played at Mike McCready’s wedding…and he only played there because it was a bandmate. “Soon Forget” was next, which had been yelled out multiple times that night. There was a tease of “Lukin” (to appease yellers for the ukulele), which Ed said sounded like “Turning Japanese” by The Vapors, and so he played a few bars of that too. Massive crowd sing a long for “Let My Love Open the Door”; for the high parts/low parts in the song, Ed didn’t want to split the crowd into men and women because if the men wanted to sing the high parts then go ahead and if the women wanted to sing the low parts then that was ok too. After “Wishlist”, Liam Finn’s musical partner Eliza Jane (EJ) Barnes walked out on stage and sat down in front of the microphone. More rude comments from yellers, and Ed said “Hey, there is a lady onstage.” They do Neil Young’s “Helpless” (from the CSNY album “Déjà Vu”). Off goes EJ, and on comes Liam for “Society” and “Throw Your Arms”. “Elderly Woman” was another massive sing a long. Ed prepared to ready himself for “Arc”, and someone yelling out a song toward the front catches Ed’s ear, he says “that’s a good one” and motions for George to bring back his guitar for “Patriot”. He then does “Arc” and goes off stage. There is no curtain at Massey Hall, so the techs could be seen setting up for the encore; the microphones in the center were not moved and another seat was brought out… a bit different from usual. Ed, Liam and EJ come back out, and Liam and EJ sit down, and Liam has a guitar. Ed says “I’m going to go over here” and walks over to Liam’s drums and sits down. They go into Neil Young’s “Old Man” with Liam and EJ singing and Ed playing drums! The crowd stood in awe of the sight. (Liam and EJ played “Old Man” in their set on night 1). They finish, Liam and EJ go offstage, Ed gets a guitar, sits down in the middle of the stage and starts into “Rockin in the Free World”. Another massive sing a long… again! Liam and EJ come back for “Hard Sun”. Show ends at 11:25 p.m., nearly 2.5 hours.

08/16/08 – Warner Theater, Washington D.C.
set: Walking the Cow, Trouble, Sometimes, I Am Mine, Dead Man, Man of the Hour, Masters of War, Unthought Known, Setting Forth, Guaranteed, No Ceiling, Far Behind, Rise, Millworker, Soon Forget, Goodbye, Broken Heart, Drifting, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, Lukin, Porch
first encore: Blackbird, Wishlist, Elderly Woman…, Society (w/Liam Finn), Parting Ways (w/Liam Finn), No More, Arc
second encore: Hard Sun (w/Finn & Barnes)
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08/17/08 – Warner Theater, Washington D.C.
set: Sometimes, Trouble, Girl from the North Country, Around the Bend, I Am Mine, I’m Open, Man of the Hour, Setting Forth, No Ceiling, Guaranteed, Far Behind, Rise, You’re True, Drifting, If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out, Forever Young, Porch
first encore: Here’s to the President, Blackbird, Society (w/Liam Finn), Throw Your Arms Around Me (w/Liam Finn), No More, Arc
second encore: All Along the Watchtower, Hard Sun (w/Finn & Barnes)
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08/19/08 – Riverside Theater, Milwaukee, WI
set: Sometimes, Trouble, Girl from the North Country, I Am Mine, Dead Man, Man of the Hour, Setting Forth, No Ceiling, Guaranteed, Far Behind, Elderly Woman…, Millworker, Soon Forget, Broken Heart, Gone, Rise, Drifting, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, Porch
first encore: Here’s to the President, Blackbird, Forever Young, I Won’t Back Down, Wishlist, Society (w/Liam Finn), Throw Your Arms Around Me (w/Liam Finn), No More, Arc
second encore: Hard Sun (w/Finn & Barnes)
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08/21/08 – Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL
set: Walking the Cow, Trouble, The Ship Song, I Am Mine, Hurt, Sometimes, Man of the Hour, No More, Setting Forth, No Ceiling, Guaranteed, Far Behind, Here’s to the President, Goodbye, Drifting, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, Better Man, Porch
first encore: Elderly Woman…, All the Way, Helpless (w/Barnes), Society (w/Liam Finn), Parting Ways (w/Liam Finn), Arc
second encore: Hard Sun (w/Finn & Barnes)
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08/22/08 – Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL
set: Sometimes, Trouble, Girl from the North Country, I Am Mine, Dead Man, Brain Damage (partial), Masters of War, Can’t Explain, Setting Forth, Guaranteed, No Ceiling, Far Behind, Rise, Soon Forget, I’m One, Drifting, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, Elderly Woman…, All The Way, Porch
first encore: Growin’ Up, Blackbird, Throw Your Arms Around Me (w/Liam Finn), Society (w/Liam Finn), Lukin, Wishlist, Let My Love Open the Door, Arc
second encore: Hard Sun (w/Finn & Barnes)

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6/8/09 – Palace Theatre Albany, NY
opening act: Liam Finn with Eliza-Jane Barnes
set: Walking the Cow, Sometimes, Around The Bend, I Am Mine, I’m Open, Man of the Hour, No Ceiling, Guaranteed, Rise, Far Behind, State Trooper, Girl from the North Country, Driftin’, You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away, Soon Forget, You’re True, Small Town, NEW Song (Just for Albany), Lukin, Porch
first encore: Society (w/ Liam) , Forever Young, Arc
second encore: Hard Sun (w/ Liam & EJ)
TFT Notes: Starting his “third” small solo tour, Ed enters to the recorded version of “Tuolumne” and greets the crowd saying he hasn’t played in awhile and – with the crowd’s help – this will be a “joint effort” and gesturing a big inhale of a “joint”. “Walking the Cow” is a familiar start, and there is no evidence of rust or cobwebs on Ed’s singing or guitar playing. “Sometimes” features the stompboard towards the end of the song and a really agressive build up to “sometimes I speak of nothing at all“. After starting “Man of The Hour”, Ed stopped immediately due to an over-amplified guitar, talking about the beauty of a ukulele being a small instrument that knows it’s place and that the guitar was trying to make too big a sound. He says he was excited to tell his 4-year-old daughter that he played a “palace” and wishes he could tell her he’d rode on a white horse. A few songs later, he asserts the “Into The Wild” are “white horse”. Ed debuts Bruce Springsteen’s “State Trooper”, from 1982′s Nebraska. He mentions that he hadn’t played the song since he was a 15-year-old. The straightforward song is met with a good response, and some clapping to the steady beat of the “driving” song. From Springsteen to Dylan, “Girl from North Country” returns, after appearing during Ed’s second tour in the fall of 2008. Ed spoke about someone showing him an article that said that Pearl Jam played the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Fieldhouse in 1993 with Neil Young and Public Enemy – which they didn’t. He said that he knew he his memory “ain’t spotless”, but “I have this feeling that if Flavor Flav and Neil Young were standing next to each other, I’d fucking remember that“. He quietly added “Neil knows what time it is” referring to Flavor Flav’s huge clock accessories. “Soon Forget” and “You’re True” are played consecutively on “Luke the Uke”. New to the stage in 2009 is a large white chair shaped out of two feet (thick? =). After “You’re True”, Ed asks if he can take a break, have a smoke and tell a story. Sitting in the chair, Ed tells a long story about one of the mid-90s Monkeywrench Radio tours where he spoke to a small group of fans in a parking lot (“I think in this area”) and left to go get them some tokens (t-shirts) for them. Upon returning a few minutes laser, he caught the group off-guard, specifically a girl who was relieving herself between two cars in the parking lot – “a full moon … leaking”. Without being seen he describes the moment of panic about whether he should announce his appearance or bail … and he chose to bail. He introduces the “Elderly Woman” as “Young Woman Pissing in an Empty Space Between Two Cars in a Small Town.” Ed sings a “new” song for “Albany” … “Albany, you look so tall to me / Like sailing in front of an endless sea / I feel like a shrunken head on a shrunken body / Albany, you can deliver me / can i get it through to you? / Oh have you come here from Utica?”. A rousing “Lukin” keeps the energy high, and “Porch” ends the set. During “Porch”, Ed’s “jam” is some light strumming on the traditional full-band jam section, slowly building up to the “Hear My Name” crescendo. It only lasts for 40s or so, but feels longer. Liam Finn joins Ed at the start of the encore for “Society”. Introducing him, he says that he was thinking of the ’70s group The Carpenters (mainly siblings Karen and Richard) who made “great music” and were like “America’s Abba”, but then mused “What if the Carpenter’s had taken acid?”. He then realized watching Liam and Eliza open that “That’s it!!”. Ed talks about he and friend paddling up the Hudson River and coming to a tressle that had three large graffiti letters “A-R-C”, which leads to “Arc”. “Hard Sun” closes with sincere remarks about the tour opener saying “thanks for your patience”.

6/9/09 – Palace Theatre Albany, NY
opening act: Liam Finn with Eliza-Jane Barnes
set: Tuolumne, Far Behind, Sometimes, Trouble, Don’t Be Shy, I Am Mine/(tag of new Sonic Youth song), Dead Man, No Ceiling, Guaranteed, Rise, Picture in a Frame, Driftin’, Hide Your Love Away, Soon Forget, Growin’ Up, Open All Night (Springsteen), Lukin, Porch
first encore: Albany Song, Society, Throw Your Arms Around Me, Parting Ways, Wishlist, Arc, Hard Sun
second encore: Hard Sun
TFT Notes: With the curtain closed, the familiar opening of “Tuolumne” starts. However, when the curtain opens, Ed is actually playing it live instead of the pre-recorded version. Therefore, fans this night saw the live debut of “Tuolumne”. Towards the end, Ed muffs a chord and we get the familiar “ah, fuck!”. “Far Behind” is next, and Ed has trouble with a few more chords in the second chorus – muff count: 2-for-2. An eventually stellar “Sometimes” is started then then stopped because of some misplayed chords – muff-count: 3-for-3. Ed greets fans from “the little apple” – non-American geography lesson: Albany is the capital of the state of New York, however its size is dwarfed by sibling New York City aka “The Big Apple”. A sweet and flawless “Trouble” is next, and Ed plays the wrong chords to the last line “Haven’t got a lot of time” – Getting frustrated at messing up some chords, Ed does a machine-gun barrage of the last C-major chord. Muff count: 4-for-4. Another Cat Stevens number “Don’t Be Shy” is next, with Ed saying it’s “another one by somebody I recently met”. Keeping score, “Don’t Be Shy” was perfect, so muff-count is 4-for-5. Ed comments on a newpaper review from the previous night “From what I read in the paper, obviously I was drunk last night. (Joking that he wasn’t that drunk) That reporter has never seen me drunk. But I probably would rather him designate all the mistakes that occurred last night between my brain and my hands to being drunk than just not having played for nine months … so yeah, I was fucking hammered!.” After “I Am Mine”, Ed tags about a minute of a new Sonic Youth song from 2009′s Eternal with lyrics “Don’t need to hide / there’s no need to hide / Don’t you see”. Matter-of-fact comments are made about the next few songs. “Dead Man” … “this is from a film” and after that “No Ceiling” … “this is also from a film”. Ed keeps playing but stops singing “Guaranteed” before the “wind in my hair” verse because he forgets the lyrics, and adds commentary “determined not to fuck this up like I did last night, when I was so horribly drunk”. A story is told about he and a friend recently navigating Round Lake just north of Albany, and how they were “two of the most lost surfers that there ever were”. He tells a story about reading an article on how swimming Hudson River is cautioned near Albany “where sewage plants do not yet disinfect their outflow into the river.” The article mentions it would take $13mil to fix and that “I think we should start coming up with the money”, to great applause, and that since the 1970s they’ve “cleaned up most of the corporate pollution and now it’s just human piss and shit”. Glad that the Palace is filled with “quality people” in attendance, Ed likens the old buildings in this historic city to the rings of a tree stump. “Growing Up” is played by request, and Ed mentions a conversation he had with his mother to see if he had any upstate New York family roots, and he discovers he does in Little Falls. The double-artist-block continues with a second by Bruce Springsteen “Open All Night”, another from 1979′s Nebraska. The encore opens with Ed revisiting his Albany improv “Albany, The Song”. This night’s lyrics are “Albany, I’ll keep my memories / This theater, these people, these things I will miss / Like paddling the Hudson in your shit and your piss (laughter) / Albany … you will remain close to me / Yeah I’ll toast you later with a shot / I’ll also be toasting to Ithaca (applause)”. The urination theme continues with Ed welcoming Liam Finn on stage and they banter about how many people they observed pissing in the parking lot – “not even onto the wheels, but the actual cars – check your cars for piss!”. Liam Finn complements great versions of “Society” and “Throw Your Arms Around Me” (Ed kissing 155 places). Ed breaks out a 5-minute version of “Parting Ways” for the first time since last tour, but this time without Liam. “Wishlist” is turned around as wishing he was “as fortunate as Albany”. “Arc” – noticably sung a half-note lower than normal, but musically still powerful – finishes out a nice encore. “Hard Sun” closes, and Ed thanks the crowd for “5 days and 2 shows” in Albany and “hope things go great for ya, thanks for making them go great for me”.

6/11/09: Philadelphia, PA, Tower Theatre
opening act: Liam Finn with Eliza-Jane Barnes
set: Walking the Cow, (Brain Damage)/Sometimes, Around the Bend, I Am Mine, I’m Open, Man of the Hour, Far Behind, No Ceiling, Guaranteed, Rise, Driftin’, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, (“Story Time”), The Kids are Alright, Last Kiss, Atlantic City, Lukin, Porch
first encore: Society, Throw Your Arms Around Me, (Let’s Go Phillies chant), Forever Young, Arc
second encore: Hard Sun
TFT Notes: “And away we go” starts Ed with the regular opener “Walking The Cow”. “Sometimes” gets a new tag: Pink Floyd’s “Brain Damage” with Ed singing the first verse. Ed name-checks the Philly venues Pearl Jam has played in the past, and goes out of his way to mention the Spectrum which Pearl Jam will play in October, but at the time was barely a rumor. Ed can’t get the lyrics to “Guaranteed” right and randomly sings “And they call the wind Fernando” which is an interesting mashup of a song “They call the wind Mariah” from the musical “Paint Your Wagon” and Abba’s “Fernando” (“between you and me, sometimes I like to dress like a woman and sing those songs”). He then plays and sings a snippet from “Fernando”. Ed seems visibly frustrated by the sound throughout the set, but his song renditions are solid. After “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away”, Ed asks if he can take a break and tell a story, calling it “Uncle Ed’s story time with beer and a smoke”. During “story time” in which he sat in the “two feet” chair, he told a story about how after a Lakers game once, he, Sean Penn and Jack Nicholson hit a bar to have a few drinks. A woman who Ed described as a “human version of Jessica Rabbit” approached Jack, and asked him in a sexy southern accent, “Hey Jack, do you want to dance?” Jack raised an eyebrow above his dark shades and said, “Sweetheart, you picked the wrong verb.” “The Kids Are Alright” is dedicated to a friend “Peter” in the audience. “Last Kiss” lyrics are forgotten, so the crowd sings the ending-”Oh”s as a nice “middle verse” until Ed recovers. Before “Throw Your Arms Around Me”, Ed remarks how he’s glad Spring is finally here, and this leads a hilarious take on the seasons with Liam.

Ed: Spring is when plants grow and love grows and it seems like people fall in love in the Spring, always. Spring is like “foreplay”. Summer is like “fucking”. And so if that’s the case, Fall is like “Getting married, settling down”. But Winter is like “fucking divorce”.

Liam: I thought you were gonng to say, “Winter is more fucking”. It’s the polar opposite … “more fucking

Ed: I suggest more fucking or you get a divorce. (mimics a relationship conversation) “Why are we getting a divorce? Because we’re not fucking enough. Irreconcibal fucking.” So here is a song about summer which in a way is a song about fucking.

“Throw Your Arms Around Me” is once again elevated with Liam’s complimentary touch and Ed kissing in 155 places. A fan yells out the local baseball score “6-3 Phillies!!” to big cheers (the yelling of the Yankees score is met with boos). Ed congratulates the Phillies on their World Series win, leading to a “Let’s Go Phillies” chant by the crowd. Ed picks up on this and improvs a quick song “Let’s Go Phillies / Let’s do it again / All we want is to fuckin’ win / All we want is to do it again”. Prior to “Forever Young”, Ed mentions that the three people he cares about the most weren’t there, and that it was his daughter Olivia’s 5th birthday and he was sad to be missing it. He dedicated the song to her. A gorgeous version of “Arc” (albeit with a lot of crowd hooting and whistling) and “Hard Sun” close out a nice opener in Philly.

6/12/09: Philadelphia, PA, Tower Theatre
opening act: Liam Finn with Eliza-Jane Barnes
set: Walking the Cow, (Brain Damage)/Sometimes, Trouble, Girl from the North Country, I Am Mine, Dead Man, Far Behind, No Ceiling, Guaranteed, Rise, Picture in a Frame, State Trooper, Driftin’, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, Elderly Woman…, Porch
first encore: Society, Soon Forget, Wishlist, The End, Arc
second encore: Hard Sun
TFT Notes: The second of two Philly shows start much like the first, with “Walking The Cow” and “(Brain Damage)/Sometimes”, with the latter including a very focused and mesmerizing section “Sometimes I reach to myself, here, God / myself, here, God / I can feel you God” and a stomping/clapping finish. This night seems particularly full of crowd outbursts, screams and constant chatter during songs. I’ve been taking pain killers, because I’m alive”. Injured his thumb in an axe-throwing contest, new hobby with his daughter. the “axes of evil”. Ed’s tech, George Webb, comes out and Ed says “That guy that was just up here? You see him? He’s an asshole”. Later, before “Picture in a Frame”, Ed dedicates the romantic song to George becaues he “just can’t live with the hate”. Ed told a story about bumping into Eric Clapton at his Philly hotel. Ed was carrying what he calls the “whitest guitar ever”, a Clapton model white Martin / Fujiwara guitar with nice pick-ups and inlays. He said his elevator went down six floors, the doors opened, and who was standing there but Eric Clapton. [Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood also played Philly June 12]. Now excited, Ed said he anxiously wanted to know the story behind the guitar. Ed: “Hello Eric”. Eric: “Hello Ed “. Ed: “What’s the story behind this guitar?”, this Eric Clapton model guitar? Eric to Ed: “It’s just a guitar”, leaving Ed flummoxed. Ed spoke poignantly of how it is just a guitar because anyone can pick it up, place their hands in the right positions, and learn to play. A rousing “Porch” closes the set, complete with a lot of foot-stomping and lots of fan-clapping and -singing. Before “Society”, Ed gives out some thanks to the crew and a longtime Philadelphia promoter named Jeff, and Ed stutters through some other comments about the crowd, amongst more crowd outbursts, screams and even a few fights. Ed remarks that he’s known Liam so long ago that he “hadn’t even reached my full height yet”. While warming up on the Uke, Ed strums a few chords and realizes it’s similar to “Lukin” and plays a line or two of the song before stopping. He then realizes that what he just played was similar to the intro of the ’80s hit “Turning Japanese” (The Vapors) and plays the chorus to that as well. During the encore, Ed mentioned how every once in a while he gets a letter that impacts him spoke about a letter that he had received that night from a fan, in which the fan wrote of how love of the band brought he and a friend together, then that friend introduced the man to his now wife and mother of his two sons. The band’s anti-war activism inspired the man to volunteer for a group called the Yellow Ribbon Club, an organization that shows support to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan by shipping them care packages and raising money for U.S. military hospitals. Not knowing the same fan and his wife were front row center, he figured it out after seeing the wife crying and the two clutching one another while he told the story. He had the fan and his wife stand and spotlighted the couple, coming down to hug them both and kiss the wife’s hand. Ed hadn’t heard of the organization, but said that the letter in turn inspired him and that the band would contribute to the club. Unknown at the time of its debut, “The End” is the finale of the then upcoming Pearl Jam album Backspacer. “You might want to be quiet if you want to hear this” is his only intro and the song’s subdued, emotional tone is immediately evident. Another stellar “Arc” closes out the first encore. As is custom now, Ed performs his various iterations of the chant for about four minutes and waves and exits the stage while the loops continue for another minute or so. Ed returns with EJ and Liam to close with “Hard Sun”.

6/14/09: Baltimore, MD Lyric Opera House
Set list: Walking the Cow, (Brain Damage intro) Sometimes, Don’t Be Shy, I Am Mine, I’m Open, Man of the Hour, Gone, Far Behind, No Ceiling, Guaranteed, Rise, Broken Hearted, Soon Forget, Atlantic City, Driftin’, You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away, Elderly Woman…, Porch
1st Encore: Society (w/Jerry Hannan), Golden State , The End, Arc (stopped), I Am A Patriot
2nd Encore: Santa Cruz (w/Liam Finn), Hard Sun
TFT Notes: Ed sprints through the first four songs before taking a pause, and the crowd yells its usual requests, but he replies “It’s such a good room, you can just say it … you don’t have to yell like a drunken asshole. (crowd laughs) Sometimes people yell … and are just generally uncouth. It’s doesn’t really me but it annoys the others around them so I guess it’s my job to say something. (cheers) And it’s not even like you have the excuse that it’s Friday night in Philadelphia. It’s a Sunday night and it’s in Baltimore!” A fan asks for “Gone” and Ed asks for “about four minutes to learn it.” He ponders it, fiddling with the chords, then decides to go for it to the crowd’s delight, explaining the song is about “getting the fuck out of a bad situation. And if this song turns out to be a bad situation, I’m in a car going quick, and I’m gonna take it off the road into a ditch, I promise you that. (laughter)”. “Gone” turns into an exercise in Ed asking for lyrics help and the crowd obliging. “No Ceiling” is about “sleeping with no roof”. “Broken Hearted”, rarely played, for Ed “seems like a good idea but we’ve all had those before” (referencing the earlier “Gone” adventure). Ed jokes that “Soon Forget” was going to be called “Just a Fucking Asshole”. A fan keeps yelling songs that usually get played later in the set and Ed says the guy’s “living about 15 minutes ahead of all the rest of us (laughter)”. Ed thanks the “fine people” in the crowd and is humbled because he never envisioned he’d one day play “an Opera House”, playing “Atlantic City” which he used to practice in his bedroom, dreaming of the day of playing places like this. Ed mentions “Driftin’” is from a Christmas single and that if the crowd is lucky, they’ll get two more of those tonight (later “Golden State” and “Santa Cruz”). Ed tells about the writing of “Elderly Woman” during the “Vs.” recording sessions in San Francisco, when the rest of the band was staying in a “communal house” – “(laughing) remember, this was before ‘The Real World’ came out” – while he stayed in an old sauna-type room complete with a little PA system. He came out to play the song one day and Stone happened to be out on the deck and asked “Hey … what was that?” and Ed wonders if Stone hadn’t heard it, what fate the song would have had. “Porch” ends a fun first set with lots of crowd-yelling and “shush-es” from those around them, but fun interaction between Ed and the crowd. “Society” does not include Liam Finn, but instead the songwriter Jerry Hannan! Eliza-Jane Barnes then joins Ed for “Golden State”, the X song which Ed recorded with Sleater-Kinney’s Corin Tucker. Before “The End”, many yell “shut up!” to all the screamers, and Ed agrees “Yeah, this would be a good time”. Ed stops “Arc” about a minute in, after he starts it in a higher key and can’t seem to adjust for some of the intricate harmonies. Ed takes a request, and starts “Patriot”, explaining that (stopping “Arc”) hadn’t happened before and didn’t want to be “fakin’ it”. Ed walked off stage and the crowd seemed quiet rather than cheering him to come back, perhaps since Ed had told them to keep it down so many times during the night. He returned for the encore, saying “You know, you could see the guys up here adjusting stuff so you knew I was coming back out here. But it was pretty fucking quiet. You gotta make some noise to get the guy back out here.” The place then erupts in applause to which Ed says, “Be quiet, make noise, do this, do that. Seriously, this has been a great evening.” “Liam Finn” joins Ed for “Santa Cruz”.

6/15/09: Baltimore, MD Lyric Opera House
Set list: Walking the Cow, (Brain Damage intro) -> Sometimes, Trouble, Around The Bend, I Am Mine, Far Behind, No Ceiling, Guaranteed, Rise, Picture In A Frame, You’re True, Open All Night (Springsteen), Driftin’, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, Let My Love Open The Door, Parting Ways, Small Town, Porch
1st encore: Society (with Jerry Hannan), Throw Your Arms Around Me (with Liam Finn), Golden State (with Eliza), Forever Young, Wishlist, Arc
2nd encore: Hard Sun
TFT Notes: After coming on stage, sitting down, and imploring the audience to do the same, Eddie began the show by running through “Walking the Cow”, “(Brain Damage)/Sometimes:, followed by “Trouble”. The requests and heckling began around this time and Eddie responded in kind by informing the crowd that he’s working on a new song and the words are “I’m from Baltimore and I’m an asshole,” which turned out to be “Around The Bend”, followed by “I Am Mine”, after which Eddie addressed the crowd again: “We are without questions indeed in an opera house. I guess I’ve got a little bit of an opera to play in Into the Wild… and the beginning of the story goes like this.” He then launched into an animated version of “Far Behind”, followed by “No Ceiling”. Before playing a sparkling version of “Guaranteed”, he told the crowd a story about his daughter: “When my daughter was about two and a half I would play this around the house, and she was aware of the story, or at least of two things, that there was a young man travelling, and that there was a bear. She would ask about the bear, was it a nice bear, a mean bear, a talking bear? Then one day I sing that line ‘don’t get any closer or I might have to go’ and she says ‘why did you say that?.’ I repeated it, and she said ‘I know WHAT you said, I want to know WHY you’re saying it.’ She’s two-and-a-half! I said, ‘I’m not saying it, the young man is saying it on the screen.’ Well that didn’t help at all. She said ‘WHY is he saying it?’ and she has big eyes of worry. So I’m thinking ‘uh, well, it’s about problems with intimacy and…’ (crowd laughs) Luckily, before I said that, I said ‘it’s the bear, he’s talking to the bear.’” “Rise” followed. Eddie then addressed the crowd again: “I should mention, not that I’m looking for excuses. Those songs were a little more important to me tonight for a real good reason. They got some attention, and some good things were said about those songs and it was all fine and good with me. But the one thing that really meant a lot to me was that Chris McCandless’s sister, Carine, she had a deep appreciation for them and that was what meant the most to me from anything I heard. And she hasn’t had a chance to see me play these until tonight; she’s here.” Eddie continued to inform the crowd that “She has a gorgeous family, and we’ve taken some pictures before, and I have one at home, and this one is going to be dedicated to her,” as he immediately launched into the first chord of Tom Waits’ song “Picture in a Frame”. Before playing “You’re True” Eddie announced: “Look am me now! I’m playing a ukulele in an opera house. Anything’s possible!” He continued to banter a bit about the summertime, and summer love, “which is really just: I wanna fuck that person.” With a horrified look, Eddie buried his face in his hands for a few seconds, and said: “Carine, I’m so sorry. I know the kids are here tonight. Yes, uncle Eddie has a potty mouth.” “Open All Night” (Bruce Springsteen) was introduced as “I’ve been playing a few songs off this record (Nebraska), it seems like every night. Tonight it’s this one.” Pulling out the harmonica, Eddie played “Driftin’”, followed by “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away”, as the crowd took over the chorus of the song at Eddie’s behest. Ed followed this up with Pete Townshend’s “Let My Love Open the Door”, before moving straight into “Parting Ways”. Next was “Elderly Woman…” which the entire crowd sung along with the whole way through, including a thunderous “Hello!” and the outro chorus which the crowd was urged to “sing it higher.” “Porch” followed, and was likewise a sing-along the entire way through to end off the first set. The first encore featured Jerry Hannan with Eddie on “Society”, a song written by Hannan (who was in Baltimore because he was playing the 8×10 club later that night. Rumors that Eddie would show up proved false.) Eddie then welcomed Liam Finn onto the stage for “Throw Your Arms Around Me” and the two singers harmonized beautifully on the song, followed by Eliza-Jane Barnes who joined Eddie on “Golden State”. “Forever Young” and “Wishlist” were next, after which Eddie decided to attempt “Arc” despite having been forced to stop halfway through the previous night. Arc was brilliantly successful, and after Eddie finished layering on all the vocal tracks, he let it continue to play as he shook hands with everyone in the first few rows. The show ended with “Hard Sun” as Liam (drums) and Eliza (vocals) joined Eddie to finish off a stellar performance. Overall, the show featured minimal heckling (except for a guy who kept screaming for “State of Love and Trust”) and requests, though at one point, Eddie did take a piece of paper to and wrote down the requests that fans were shouting to him before crumpling the paper and throwing it over his shoulder. (Thanks to Ariel at http://troubledsoulsunite.blogspot.com/)

6/17/09 Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
Set list: Walking the Cow, Sometimes w/Brain Damage Intro, Trouble, Thumbing My Way, Gone, Far Behind, No Ceiling, Guaranteed, Rise, Poor Girl, You Are True, Driftin’, Hide Your Love Away, Betterman (Nashville Style), Let My Love Open The Door, Small Town, Porch
1st encore: Society (with Jerry), Throw Your Arms Around Me (with Liam), Golden State with EJ, Believe You Me (part), Wishlist, Arc
2nd encore: Hard Sun with Liam and EJ
TFT Notes: The Ryman Auditorium is an historic venue in Nashville, TN – over 100 years old and hosted the famous “Grand Ole Opry” broadcasts for over 30 years in the mid-1900s. Before “Trouble”, Ed addresses some shouters “Alright, I heard ya … in fact it’s probably a little early to get loud and boisterous. Lot of spirits and energies in this legendary room. I’d like to attenuate my musical receptors to the things that are coming off the walls, rather than two guys who were getting 2-for-1 drinks at the fucking happy hour down the street. (crowd cheers) So i’ll just tune in to the whispers of legends and we’ll talk later.” Before a flawless and audience-attentive “Thumbing My Way”, Ed says “because of where we are, I might just try a few things I haven’t been trying lately … that means they might not be that great. (crowd laughs)”. He starts the Into The Wild songs and dedicates one to a young girl named “Lily” becaues it “seems like she has a good mom, so she won’t do anything rash, but here’s a kid who did.” When looking for Lily in the crowd, he starts a dialogue with a parent in the audience whose child is also named “Lily”, but not the one Ed is looking for – “a different Lily … you got me on a technicality, i don’t know her last name. (Crowd laughs)”. Finally the right Lily is seen with some light – “meet me after we’ll have a beer”. After “Rise”, Ed says about his Mandolin – “I can feel as I was plying it that it’s never been so excited”. “Poor Girl” – a X original which Ed performed live with the Supersuckers before – is debuted at an EV tour. Ed talks about legend Johnny Cash, “We did something in ’92 bob dylan, I was talking to Chrissie Hynde, we were kinda saying goodbye and turned the corner and there was this guy and he said (voice impersonation) ‘Hello Chrissie, I’m Johnny Cash’. And I didn’t even want to meet him, that was good enough for me (crowd laughs). That was also the night I met Chrissie Hynde for the first time and she said ‘Oh are you that guy … I was driving in and heard (“Masters of War”) on the radio and it was good’ (and Ed replied) ‘Oh, that’s good because I couldn’t hear myself and I …’ (cutting Ed off) ‘I just gave you a fucking complement, just go with it’. (Crowd laughs) She doesn’t really take shit, that woman. She doesn’t suffer fools gladly.” After a female in the crowd screams to Eddie, he remarks “the nice thing about the small room here is that you don’t have to scream like some freaked-out banchee. (crowd laughs) Based on the history of this building … (someone yells “Freebird”) … Typical, throw him out! (laughs) That fucking joke was old before I was born and they hadn’t even recorded it yet. (laughs) To go with the history of the building here, I actually did the setlist tonight in fucking calligraphy (crowd ooohs). So not only did I spend about an hour just thinking what to play, I spent another 1-1/2 hours just writing the damn fucking thing, so I’m not taking any requests at this point. (Crowd laughs)”. He speaks about a friend who asked him “What do you do after a gig, you must have a lot of adrenaline” and he goes on to say that “most nights I just go back to the hotel and do calligraphy (laughs)” to which the friend replied “Oh, so that’s what you call it”(laughs, and Ed insists “no, I do fucking calligraphy!”) into a rousing “Driftin’”. Ed talks about how Van “The Man” Morrison played recently and didn’t play “the hits” and how the legendary Roy Acuff would tell them “play the song that got you here”, leading to Ed “Better Man” in nashville tuning. “Better Man” turns the song in a different melodic direction, and the crowd listens intently to the debut of this superb alternate version. During the encore, Ed gives heartfelt thanks and “playing here was one of the things I never dreamt of as a kid. It hit me when I was in the back little room they had me in, (I) looked up and there was a picture of Minnie Pearl. And I think it’s OK to mention this – I don’t remember Minnie Pearl being … she looked hot! (crowd laughs). (The picture) was either taken when she was a lot younger than I remember her, or I’ve been on tour too long” (laughs). “Society” is again performed with Jerry Hannon. When they get to the solo, they both start it! They quickly recover and Ed jokes afterwards that two guitarists usually say “let me play the solo, let me play the solo” and that he and Jerry “thought we got saddled with it but we both played it.” Liam Finn joins “Ed for Throw Your Arms Around Me” (Number of places kissed: 196). Elize-Jane Barnes then joined Ed for “Golden State”. Who could possibly have predicted a verse plus of old school EV/Bad Radio song “Believe You Me”? After the first “I do believe, Ed sang “I… I… I… don’t remember the rest.” A spicily tempoed “Wishlist” rounded out the show, Ed’s “ooooing” and “ooohhing” nicely replacing the usual e-bow guitar part. “Arc” was truly an appropriate hymn to put a period on the night. An enthusiastically delivered “Hard Sun’ with Liam and EJ sent the crowd home. As the house lights came on and the crowd exited, the outro PA music was an intrumental version of “The End”, hinting at the studio version of the song to be released in September.

Kathy’s Krazee Notes from Nashville
6/18/09 Nashville, TN, Ryman Auditorium
Set list: Far Behind, Brain Damage/Sometimes, Sometimes Reprise, Girl From North Country, I am Mine, I’m Open, Man of the Hour, Dead Man, No Ceiling, Guaranteed, Rise, Soon Forget, Driftin’, You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away, Wishlist, Lukin, Porch
1st encore: Society w/Jerry, Throw Your Arms Around Me w/Liam, Golden State w/Eliza Jane, Small Town, The End, Arc
2nd encore: Hard Sun with Liam and EJ & Lilly, aged 10
TFT Notes:

6/20/09 Orpheum Theatre Memphis, TN
main set: Walking the Cow, Brain Damage/Sometimes, Sometimes (reprise-singalong) Last Kiss, Betterman (lullaby version), Millworker, No Ceiling, Far Behind, Guaranteed, Rise, You’re True, Drifting, You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away, Can’t Help Falling in Love, Let My Love Open the Door, Wishlist, Porch
1st encore: Golden State w/ E.J., Society w/ Liam, Throw Your Arms Around Me w/ Liam, Small Town, Forever Young, Arc
2nd encore: Santa Cruz w/ Liam on drums, Hard Sun
TFT Notes:

6/23/09 Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Atlanta, GA
main set: Walking the Cow , Trouble, Brain Damage/Sometimes, I Am Mine, Dead Man, Small Town, I Am A Patriot, Far Behind, No Ceiling, Guaranteed, Rise, Growin’ Up, Picture In A Frame, Driftin’, You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away, Let My Love Open The Door, Lukin, Porch
1st encore: Soon Forget, Society (w/ Liam Finn), Throw Your Arms Around Me (w/Liam Finn), The Golden State (w/ Eliza-Jane Barnes), Believe You Me snippet/ Wishlist, Forever Young , Arc
2nd encore: Hard Sun (w/Liam Finn & Eliza Jane Barnes)
TFT Notes:

6/24/09 – Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Atlanta, GA
Set list: Don’t Be Shy, Brain Damage/Sometimes, Girl From the North Country, Betterman (new version), Untitled->Gone, No Ceiling, Rise, Far Behind, Guaranteed, Driftin’, Millworker, You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away, I Won’t Back Down, Bobby Jean (Bruce Sprigsteen), Small Town, Wishlist, Porch
1st encore: Society (w/ Liam Finn), Throw Your Arms Around Me (w/ Liam Finn), ‘Till the Rivers All Run Dry (w/ Liam Finn), The Golden State (w/ Eliza-Jane Barnes), The End (New Song)
2nd encore: Hard Sun (w/Liam Finn & Eliza-Jane Barnes)
TFT Notes:

6/29/09 – Castle Theater, Maui, HI
Set list: Walking The Cow, (Brain Damage)/Sometimes, Around the Bend, I Am Mine, Betterman, Far Behind, No Ceiling, Guaranteed, Rise, Millworker, Last Kiss, You’re True, Open All Night (Springsteen), Driftin’, You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away, Patriot, Elderly Woman…, Porch
1st encore: Society, Throw Your Arms Around Me, ‘Til the Rivers All Run Dry, Golden State, Wishlist, Speed of Sound, Arc
2nd encore: Hard Sun
TFT Notes: Ed debuts “Speed of Sound” which is “a piece of fruit that just fell off the tree” and Ed felt “compelled to play it (in Maui) because the tree happened to be on this island.” He mentions he recently recorded in Hawaii with Ron Wood – which had the audience thinking they were getting the song from that collaboration – but the recent announcement of the Backspacer tracklisting confirmed the song as a PJ original.

07/01/09 – Hawaii Theatre, Honolulu, HI
Set list: Walking the Cow, (Brain Damage)/Sometimes, Don’t Be Shy, Girl From North Country, Elderly Woman…, Picture in A Frame, Far Behind, No Ceiling, Guaranteed, Rise, Driftin’, Soon Forget, Can’t Keep, Betterman, Bobby Jean (Springsteen), You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, Let My Love Open the Door, Millworker (instrumental), Lukin, Porch
1st encore: Society, Throw Your Arms Around Me, Till the Rivers All Run Dry, Golden State, Forever Young, The End, Arc
2nd encore: Hawaii ’78, Hard Sun
TFT Notes: Boom joins Ed for “Hawaii ’78″

07/02/09 – Hawaii Theatre, Honolulu, HI
Set list: Trouble, Sometimes, I Am Mine, Dead Man, I’m Open, Man of the Hour, Wishlist, Gone, No Ceiling, Far Behind, Guaranteed, Rise, Millworker, Broken Hearted, You’re True, State Trooper, 4th of July, I Won’t Back Down, Her Majesty (Beatles), I Used to Work in Chicago, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, Speed of Sound, Porch
1st encore: Can’t Help Falling in Love, Society, Throw Your Arms Around Me, Golden State, Elderly Woman…, Arc
2nd encore: Santa Cruz, Crazy Mary, Hawaii ’78, Hard Sun
TFT Notes: Longest show of the tour with more cover song debuts. “4th of July” by X is played with lyric change to “On the stairs I smoke a cigarette alone / Hawaiian kids are shootin’ fireworks below”. The Beatles’ “Her Majesty” is also played.

2011 Australia Tour

03/10/2011: QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD, Australia
opening act: Evil J & Saint Cecilia
set: Walking the Cow (Daniel Johnston), Trouble (Cat Stevens), Sometimes, Brain Damage(Pink Floyd) / I Am Mine, Drifting, Man of the Hour, Can’t Keep, Sleeping By Myself, Far Behind, No Ceiling, Guaranteed, Rise, Unthought Known, Just Breathe, Elderly Woman, Lukin, Porch
1st Encore: Golden State (w/EJ Barnes), Society, Open All Night (Springsteen), Betterman (ukulele), Needle and the Damage Done (Neil Young), The End2nd Encore: Hard Sun (w/EJ Barnes & Cecelia Herbert)
TFT Notes: After “Trouble”, during which Ed forgot lyrics, he said “sometimes when you really feel a song, that’s when you fuck ‘em up.”  New ukulele song “Sleeping By Myself” debuts, which Ed claims was “finished a week ago”. Amongst the celebrities in attendance: Surfer Mick Fanning, and Wolfmother lead singer/guitarist Andrew Stockdale. Despite seemingly intense concentration and commitment to playing, mistakes caused Ed to interrupt some songs; markedly after a glaring mistake in “Trouble”, he asked the crowd “Shall I try to get back into it?” to which the crowd responds with much cheering encouragement. Mentions that now he is a parent, he is getting up at 6 in the morning, that he always had the midnight shift at work and even on days off he still gets up at 6 a.m. and “can you tell I just woke up?”. He jokes about how the left and right sides of his brain are blaming each other, doing two separate things, and how he’s the parent in between telling them to calm down -to which they respond in defense, “You’re the one who raised us.” Ed spoke about the recent intense and devastating flooding in Queensland, that he was thinking about the people affected – and that he was glad that everyone seems to be doing okay. The now common trend of some in the audience feeling compelled to yell requests; Ed comments at one point after someone in the balcony shouts that “I can’t hear anything up here, or maybe I’m just hearing what i choose to hear.” Stops “No Ceiling” short, dismissing it by reminding the crowd the song had “30 seconds left anyway.” At one point, Ed mentions that while in Australia he’s had a bunch of mosquito bites, and was happy they got the blood, but they should “take the blood, just don’t leave the itchiness. You can have the blood!” Some in the crowd clapping loudly reminds Ed of trying to kill mosquitos with the same gesture. “Elderly” seems to channel the “shouting request” types, and the unifying energy seems to significantly elevate the crowd’s energy level. After a particularly intense and emotive acoustic version of “Betterman”, someone in the audience yelled “That was beautiful, Ed!” to which he replied, ” Thank you very much. First night of a new tour – that’s exactly the kind of support you appreciate.” Prior to “Needle and the Damage Done”, Ed comments: “There was a, um… the first tour our group ever went on was with another band. It all seemed… I mean, it’s still new and exciting, but you have to work at ways to make it new and exciting. It was just a trip. It was just mind-blowing, starting out. I’d never actually been, like, in a band, and on tour. I’d played little shows here and there. But this was, like, the real thing. There was another band that we were with, and they had records out, and I was kind of looking at them to see how to behave. It was pretty intense. There was a guy in that group – the group was Alice In Chains, that we toured with. [Crowd cheers.] The guy who played bass in that band, his name was Mike Starr. Our orbits changed a long, long time ago. We hadn’t seen him for years. He’d been going through a rough time for quite some time. Uh, yeah. I don’t know if you heard, but he’s no longer with us, as of yesterday. I’ve just been thinking about him. A lot. I don’t know what anybody could have done. It’s just really sad when life, and living life, and all that the planet and the people on it have to offer; and all that you can offer it, and them. It’s too bad when sobriety’s just not enough to keep you alive.” The tape machine failed for “Hard Sun”, much to Ed’s frustration, and a tech came out to put the tape back in, giving hints that it was a lost cause and might not work – he pressed a button and it worked! The crowd joined in singing with fervor on the choruses. A good split jump at the end finishes the show with a kick. Even after house lights come up, Ed’s abrupt departure after songs end leave the crowd still cheering 10 minutes later. Notes thanks to Tanya Rosina, Laurie Hester, Message board posters ThreeFish10, Bris_Johnno, Princess KJ, and The Vine website reviewer Andrew McMillen

03/12/2011: QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD, Australia
opening act: Evil J & Saint Cecilia
set: Don’t Be Shy-(Cat Stevens), Around The Bend, Brain Damage-(Pink Floyd), Sometimes, Just Breathe, I’m Open, Man Of The Hour, Dead Man, Driftin’, Millworker-(James Taylor, Without You (New Song),Can’t Keep, No Ceiling, Far Behind, Guaranteed, Rise, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away-(Lennon, McCartney), Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town
1st encore: You Can Close Your Eyes w/ EJ Barnes-(James Taylor), The Golden State w/ EJ Barnes-(John Doe), Off He Goes, Betterman, Unthought Known, Porch
2nd encore: Hard Sun w/ EJ Barnes & Cecilia Herbert-(Gordon Peterson)
TFT Notes: Amongst the celebrities in attendance: Kelly Slater, Australian surfer Trevor Hendy, and several  from the surfing community. Clad in jeans, a navy short-sleeved shirt, dark blue T-shirt and suit jacket,  Ed took the stage to a standing ovation, which seemed to humble him.  When he introduced  a ukulele he called“Duke” (perhaps a companion to “Luke”), he mentioned that it was a gift from Mike McCready.  He seemed emotional when he spoke early in the set about the recent earthquake and tsunami devastation in Japan; a short time later he paused for a long moment before singing the first line of “Man of The Hour” – “Tidal waves don’t beg forgiveness, crashed then on their way.”  Prior to introducing “Millworker”, a song chronicling the story of a millworker with three mouths to feed and the hardships of a factory job and the sacrifices made, Ed mentions how people in the U.S. have been affected by the difficult economic downturn.  A more humorous story related later, Ed told the crowd about a trip he had taken to Australia previously, and that he had his picture taken with a large, relaxed kangaroo.  Ed said the size of the balls was huge – then added “Yeah. The kangaroo’s were huge too” – to much laughter.  An appropriate comment was made to attempt to quiet the audience shout-outs, saying “How about if I do the talking, and you shut the fuck up!” – which served to encouragement  the crowd to erupt with shouts.  He spoke of his upcoming ukulele album, mentioning that Kelly Slater has had it for a few years, and told Ed to do something with it, and that it would be out in early summer.  At one point in the show, he threw a pick to a guy who missed it, and the guy yelled out “Oh I’ve waited 20 years for that” then Ed let the man come onstage to get a pick himself.  Strong audience singing along during “Hide Your Love” and “Elderly”.  Prior to “Golden State”, he gave respect to John Doe, and described the song as a love song, albeit a slightly dark one; he added “love has to be dark sometimes” so you know when its light. “Off He Goes” was a shouted fan request, and Ed said the crowd was lucky since he’d never played it solo before.  For “Hard Sun”, Ed brought about 8 people from the front row up onto the stage to incite the remainder of the crowd to stand up and get into it as well – which they did. Notes thanks to Tanya Rosina and Official message board posts from SH17171, DropTheLeash, LittleFootsteps & Princess KJ
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3/13/2011: QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD, Australia
opening act: Evil J & Saint Cecilia
set: Girl From The North Country-(Bob Dylan), Just Breathe, Picture In A Frame-Brennan/Waits, Sometimes, I Am Mine, Betterman, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away-(Lennon, McCartney), Speed Of Sound, Millworker-(James Taylor), You’re True, Light Today (New Song), Setting Forth, No Ceiling, Far Behind, Guaranteed, Rise, Unthought Known, Porch
1st Encore: The Golden State w/ EJ Barnes-(John Doe), Tonight You Belong To Me w/ EJ Barnes,(Rose/David),Soon Forget, Society w/ Andrew Stockdale-(Jerry Hannan), Wishlist, The End, Arc  
2nd Encore: Hard Sun w/ EJ Barnes, Cecilia Herbert, Andrew Stockdale-(Gordon Peterson)
TFT Notes: Noted celebrity in attendance: Aussie surf legend (and close Vedder pal) Mark Richards.  Ed’s attire for the evening was dark grey corduroys, a peace symbol T-Shirt underneath a red & green themed flannel shirt. The set started off with a tender grouping of songs. To address the crowd shout-outs, specifically a particularly vocal man in the 4th row, garnered a response from Ed: “ I could hear you a lot better if you move to the last row”. The remainder of the audience applauded vigorously, which quieted the offending person. “Picture in a Frame” was dedicated to “those who have been in a relationship for more than 10 years… or should I say 12 years, cause that 11th year can be a bitch.” He apologized, and said he wasn’t referring to the woman, but the relationship. Prior to “You’reTrue”, Ed spoke about the uke, and how happy it sounded, but that (when) he was depressed, he just wanted to take the uke down with him, and so managed to write some depressing songs. But this one was when he was coming back to more positive side and that it helped (fuel the positive tone of the song) that he was falling in love. Ed also mentioned the band will start recording again in a couple of months. A man in the audience gave Ed a “Live on Ten Legs”, complete with a note and $5 to get the guys signatures and send it back to him. Ed showed how it had a sticker on it he’d never seen, saying, “Moderate effect”, and said they were going to start recording, but that he hoped they did better on the new album so it would have more than a moderate effect. Prior to “Rise, he teased that he was going to “skip the mandolin song, but if you want me to play it…” to much cheering. Just as the opening rhythmic strums of “Porch” began, a few seasoned solo show hardcores in the lower rows stood; Ed saw them and encouraged “You can stand up if you want to” and the crowd got on their feet. “Soon Forget” was an audience request, with many lyrical flubs – but the audience cheered him on anyway. Considerable crowd yelling at the start of “Arc” was nearly completely quieted early on by Ed making a stopping gesture with his hand.  Thanks to Laurie Hester, Tanya Rosina and Official Message Board posts from Princess KJ, Krystle
Poster

03/15/2011: Royal Theater, Canberra, ACT, Australia
opening act: Evil J & Saint Cecilia
set: Walking The Cow, Brain Damage, Sometimes, Just Breathe, Elderly Woman…, Parting Ways, Unthought Known, I’m Open, Better Man, Millworker, Masters of War, Rise, No Ceiling, Far Behind, Guaranteed, Sleeping By Myself, Can’t Keep, One Country, Porch
first encore: You Can Close Your Eyes, Throw Your Arms Around Me, Society, Immortality, Wishlist, The End
second encore: Hard Sun

03/16/2011: Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW, Australia
opening act: Evil J & Saint Cecilia
set: Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town, Girl From The North Country, Trouble, Brain Damage, Sometimes, Just Breathe, I Am Mine, Thumbing My Way, Unthought Known, Without You, Broken Heart, Masters Of War, Setting Forth, Far Behind, No Ceiling, Guaranteed, Rise, Santa Cruz, Porch, Better Days
first encore: Long May You Run, The Golden State, Society, Off He Goes, Wishlist, The End, Arc
second encore: Throw Your Arms Around Me, Hard Sun

03/18/2011: State Theatre, Sydney, NSW, Australia
opening act: Evil J & Saint Cecilia
set: Don’t Be Shy, Around The Bend, Sometimes, Dead Man, Picture In A Frame, Just Breathe, Unthought Known, Sleeping By Myself, You’re True, Setting Forth, Far Behind, Guaranteed, Society, Better Man, Let My Love Open The Door, Lukin, Porch
first encore: Elderly Woman…, Golden State, Growin’ Up, Immortality, The End
second encore: Rockin’ In The Free World, Hard Sun

03/19/2011: State Theatre, Sydney, NSW, Australia
opening act: Evil J & Saint Cecilia
set: Long Road, Sometimes, Elderly Woman…, Driftin’, Parting Ways, Thumbing My Way, Can’t Keep, Without You, Millworker, Setting Forth, Far Behind, Guaranteed, Rise, Just Breathe, Lukin, Porch, Better Days
first encore: You Can Close Your Eyes, The Golden State, Society, I Am A Patriot, Wishlist, Crazy Mary
second encore: Rockin’ In The Free World, Hard Sun

03/20/2011: State Theatre, Sydney, NSW, Australia
opening act: Evil J & Saint Cecilia
set: Sometimes, Elderly Woman…, Just Breathe, My City of Ruins, I Am Mine, I’m Open, Better Man, I Believe In Miracles, Can’t Keep, Longing To Belong, No Ceiling, Far Behind, Guaranteed, Rise, Unthought Known, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, Porch
first encore: Tonight You Belong To Me, The Golden State, Society,  Behind Blue Eyes, Wishlist, Forever Young, The End, Arc
second encore: Rockin’ In The Free World, Hard Sun

03/24/2011: Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
opening act: Evil J & Saint Cecilia
set: Don’t Be Shy, Around The Bend, Hurt, Brain Damage, Sometimes, I Am Mine, Elderly Woman…, Just Breathe, Sleeping By Myself, Without You, No Ceiling, Society, Far Behind, Guaranteed, Rise, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, Unthought Known, Porch
first encore: Tonight You Belong To Me, You Can Close Your Eyes, The Golden State, Better Man, Wishlist, Dead Man, The End, Arc (partial), Immortality, Better Days
second encore: Rockin’ In The Free World, Hard Sun

03/25/2011: Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
opening act: Evil J & Saint Cecilia
set: Long Road, Sometimes, Thumbing My Way, Elderly Woman… , Picture In A Frame, Man Of The Hour, Just Breathe, Driftin’, You’re True, Soon Forget, Light Years, Setting Forth, Far Behind, Guaranteed, Rise, Off He Goes, Lukin, Porch
first encore: Tonight You Belong To Me, The Golden State, Society, The Kids Are Alright-(Pete Townshend), I Am A Patriot, Wishlist, Arc
second encore: Crazy Mary, Rockin’ in the Free World, Hard Sun

03/27/2011: Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA, Australia
opening act: Evil J & Saint Cecilia
set: Walking The Cow, Needle & The Damage Done, Speed Of Sound, Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town, Unthought Known, Just Breathe, I Am Mine, I’m Open, Man Of The Hour, Goodbye, Longing To Belong, Can’t Keep, Society, Setting Forth, Guaranteed, Gone, Rise, The Ship Song, Immortality, Porch
first encore: Tonight You Belong To Me, The Golden State, Untitled -> Last Kiss, Open All Night, The End, Better Days
second encore: Throw Your Arms Around Me, Hard Sun

03/28/2011: Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA, Australia
opening act: Evil J & Saint Cecilia
set: Sometimes, Trouble, Dead Man, Betterman, Millworker, Elderly Woman…, No Ceiling, Society, Sleeping By Myself, Light Today, Soon Forget, Far Behind, Guaranteed, Rise, Blackbird, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, Lukin, Porch
first encore: You Can Close Your Eyes, The Golden State, Picture In A Frame, Wishlist, No More, Arc
second encore: Crazy Mary, I Got You, Hard Sun

03/31/2011: Riverside Theatre, Perth, Australia
opening act: Evil J & Saint Cecilia
set: Picture In A Frame, Sometimes, Girl From The North Country, Around The Bend, I Am Mine, Just Breathe, Betterman, Sleeping By Myself, Without You, Can’t Keep, Off He Goes, Millworker (partial, instrumental), Setting Forth, Society, Far Behind, Guaranteed, Rise, I Used To Work In Chicago, Unthought Known, Porch
first encore: Tonight You Belong To Me, The Golden State, Wishlist, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, Elderly Woman…, The End, Better Days
second encore: Rockin’ in the Free World, Hard Sun

04/01/2011: Riverside Theatre, Perth, Australia
opening act: Evil J & Saint Cecilia
set: Long Road, Don’t Be Shy, Brain Damage, Sometimes, Throw Your Arms Around Me, Just Breathe, Millworker, Unthought Known, Betterman, Can’t Keep, Light Today, Soon Forget, No Ceiling, Guaranteed, Rise, Needle and The Damage Done, Immortality, Lukin, Porch
first encore: Tonight You Belong To Me, You Can Close Your Eyes, The Golden State, Society, I Am A Patriot, Elderly Woman…, Crazy Mary, Arc
second encore: Rockin’ in the Free World, Hard Sun

US Tour 2011

06/15/2011: Providence Performing Arts Center, Providence, RI, USA
opening act: Glen Hansard
set: Sleeping By Myself, Without You, Broken Heart, You’re True, Light Today, Can’t Keep, Sometimes, Just Breathe, I Am Mine, Better Man, No Ceiling, Far Behind, Rise, Unthought Known, The End, Arc
first encore: You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, Throw Your Arms Around Me, Elderly Woman …, Sleepless Nights, Society, Forever Young, Porch
second encore: Hard Sun
TFT Notes: Glen Hansard joins Ed for “Society” and the debut on this tour of “Sleepless Nights”. “Rise” is dedicated to the Boston Bruins (“Black and Gold”) who were playing the NHL Stanley Cup Final game at the same time as the concert (Providence is near Boston).

Eddie Vedder

06/16/2011: Citi Wang Theatre, Boston, MA, USA
Opening act: Glen Hansard
Set: Waving Palms, Can’t Keep, Sleeping By Myself, Without You, More Than You Know, Goodbye, Light Today, Dead Man Walking, Speed Of Sound, Just Breathe, Around The Bend, I Am Mine, Setting Forth, No Ceiling, Guaranteed, Rise, Unthought Known, Immortality, Arc
First Encore: Wishlist, Open All Night, Sleepless Nights w/ Glen Hansard, Society w/ Glen Hansard, Crazy Mary, Porch
Second Encore: Hard Sun w/ Glen Hansard
TFT Notes: Glen Hansard joins Ed for “Society”,”Sleepless Nights” and “Hard Sun”. “Arc” is dedicated to Howard Zinn as a prayer. Props are given to the Boston Bruins in honour of their NHL Stanley Cup Final win and some champagne is popped by Ed in their honour. First outing of “Speed of Sound” for the tour.

06/18/2011: Bushnell Memorial Hall, Hartford, CT, USA
Opening act: Glen Hansard
Set: Waving Palms, Can’t Keep, Sleeping By Myself, Without You, More Than You Know, Goodbye, Broken Heart, Light Today, Trouble, Sometimes, Just Breathe, I Am Mine, Betterman (for Clarence Clemons), Long Nights w/ Glen Hansard playing bass, Far Behind, Guaranteed, Rise, Immortality, Unthought Known, The End, Arc
First Encore: Wishlist, Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town, Sleepless Nights w/ Glen Hansard, Society w/ Glen Hansard, Speed Of Sound, Lukin, Porch
Second Encore: Hard Sun w/ Glen Hansard, Dream A Little Dream
TFT Notes: Glen Hansard joins Ed for the premiere of “Long Nights” and for “Sleepless Nights” (off mic  and busker style for the first time), “Society” and “Hard Sun”. During his Betterman dedication to Clarence Clemons Ed is advised that Clarence has passed and Ed is visibly upset. Dream a Little Dream makes its first appearance on tour.

06/21/2011: Beacon Theatre, New York, NY, USA
Opening act: Glen Hansard
Set: Sleeping By Myself, Without You, Goodbye, Can’t Keep, Light Today, You’re True, Long Road, Sometimes, Betterman, I Am Mine, Millworker, No Ceiling, Far Behind, Long Nights w/ Glen Hansard, Guaranteed, Rise, Just Breathe w/ string quartet, The End w/ string quartet, Unthought Known, Arc
First Encore: Wishlist, Sleepless Nights w/ Glen Hansard, Society w/ Glen Hansard,  Throw Your Arms Around Me w/ Neil Finn,  I Got You w/ Neil Finn, Lukin, Porch
Second Encore: Hard Sun w/ Glen Hansard & Neil Finn, Dream A Little Dream
TFT Notes: Glen Hansard joins Ed for “Long Nights”,”Sleepless Nights”and “Society”. Ed gives a stirring performance of “Long Road” in honour of Clarence Clemons. The crowd are also treated to a guest appearance by Neil Finn who duets with Eddie on the Australian classic “Throw You Arms Around Me” and Split Enz’s “I Got You”. Glen and Neil then join Ed for “Hard Sun”.

06/22/2011: Beacon Theatre, New York, NY, USA
Opening act: Glen Hansard
Set: Can’t Keep, Sleeping By Myself, Without You, Broken Heart, More Than You Know, Satellite, Longing To Belong, Around The Bend,  I Am Mine, Off He Goes, Setting Forth, Far Behind, Long Nights w/ Glen Hansard, Rise, Lukin (slow version), Just Breathe, The End, Unthought Known
First Encore: Immortality, Guaranteed w/ Edward Norton, Sleepless Nights w/ Glen Hansard, Falling Slowly (Glen with Eddie duet vocal},Open All Night w/ Danny Clinch, Porch
Second Encore: Hard Sun w/ Danny Clinch, Glen Hansard and Edward Norton, Dream A Little Dream
TFT Notes: A night of special guests at the Beacon with actor Edward Norton joining Ed for guitar and vocal support on “Guaranteed”. Glen Hansard then joins Ed for “Long Nights” and “Sleepless Nights” and then Ed returns the favour duetting with Glen for the first time on Glen’s Oscar winning “Falling Slowly”. Danny Clinch then lends Ed some support on harmonica for Bruce’s “Open All Night”. The crowd are also treated to the premiere of “Sattelite” which is dedicated to Damien Echols and his wife Lorri Davis.

06/25/2011: Tower Theatre, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Opening act: Glen Hansard
Set: Waving Palms, Can’t Keep, Sleeping By Myself, Without You, Goodbye, Broken Heart, Light Today, You’re True, Girl From The North Country, I Am Mine, Betterman, Just Breathe, Far Behind, Long Nights w/Glen Hansard, Lukin, Guaranteed, Rise, Unthought Known, Speed Of Sound, Arc
First Encore: Parting Ways, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town, Tonight You Belong To Me w/ Markéta Irglová , Society w/ Glen Hansard, Falling Slowly (Glen with Eddie duet vocal), Drive All Night w/ Jake Clemons & Glen Hansard, ,Porch
Second Encore: Hard Sun w/ Jake Clemons, Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová
TFT Notes: Ed brings out Charles DeFabio on his 90th birthday (Charles was also brought on stage for the last show at the Spectrum) and dedicates “Betterman” to him. We see the premiere of “Tonight You Belong to Me” which Ed duets on with Swell Season member Markéta Irglová. Glen Hansard joins Ed for “Long Nights” and “Society” and then Ed returns the favour duetting with Glen on “Falling Slowly”. An emotional tribute is made to Clarence Clemons with the help of his nephew Jake Clemons as Ed (on pump organ), Glen (on vocals and guitar) and Jake (on saxophone) cover Bruce’s “Drive All Night”.

06/26/2011: Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI, USA
Opening act: Glen Hansard
Set: Waving Palms, Can’t Keep, Sleeping By Myself, Without You, Once In A While, You’re True, Goodbye, Soon Forget, Needle & The Damage Done, I Am Mine, Off He Goes, Man Of The Hour, Far Behind, Long Nights w/ Glen Hansard, Setting Forth (start only), Guaranteed, Rise, The End (start only), Let My Love Open The Door, Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town, Immortality, Unthought Known, Arc (start only), Untitled pump organ song
First Encore: Just Breathe, Sleepless Nights w/ Glen Hansard, Society w/ Glen Hansard, Falling Slowly {Glen with Eddie duet vocal), Wishlist, Forever Young, Crazy Mary, Porch
Second Encore: Hard Sun w/ Glen Hansard
TFT Notes: Glen Hansard joins Ed for “Long Nights”(dedicated to Tomas Young), “Sleepless Nights” (which is again off-mic) and “Society” and then Ed returns the favour duetting with Glen on “Falling Slowly”. Ed flubs the start of “Setting Forth” and “The End” and decides to move on and leave them where they lie. “Arc” is also abandoned due to what appears to be technical issues and Ed retreats to the pump organ for a new tune with ‘wordless singing’. “Forever Young” is dedicated to Chris Chelios who is immortalised in the show poster.

06/28/2011: Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL, USA
Opening act: Glen Hansard
Set: Waving Palms, Can’t Keep, Sleeping By Myself, Without You, You’re True, Light Today, Longing To Belong w/ cello, Sometimes, I Am Mine, Long Nights w/Glen Hansard, Far Behind, Guaranteed, Rise, Blackbird, Just Breathe, The End, Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town, Unthought Known, Arc
First Encore: Parting Ways, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, Sleepless Nights w/Glen Hansard, Society w/Glen Hansard, Falling Slowly w/string quartet (Glen with Eddie duet vocal), Immortality, All The Way, Porch
Second Encore: Hard Sun w/Glen Hansard, Dream A Little Dream
TFT Notes: Glen Hansard joins Ed for “Long Nights” “Sleepless Nights” and “Society” and then Ed returns the favour duetting with Glen on “Falling Slowly” which has the addition of a string quartet (also used by Ed in “Just Breathe” and “The End”). “All the Way” is dedicated to the son of late Cubs great Ron Santo who was in attendance.

06/29/2011: Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL, USA
Opening act: Glen Hansard
Set: Without You, Sleeping By Myself, Goodbye, Broken Heart, Can’t Keep, Soon Forget, Longing To Belong w/ cello, Around The Bend, Off He Goes, I Am Mine, Betterman, Speed Of Sound, Setting Forth, Guaranteed, Rise, Just Breathe w/ string quartet, Slow Lukin w/string quartet, Unthought Known, Porch
First Encore: 4th Of July, I Used To Work In Chicago, Wishlist, Picture In A Frame, Society w/Glen Hansard, Falling Slowly w/string quartet (Glen with Eddie duet vocal),Open All Night, Let My Love Open The Door, Crazy Mary, Rockin’ In The Free World
Second Encore: Hard Sun w/ Glen and various kids from the audience, Dream A Little Dream
TFT Notes: Glen Hansard joins Ed for “Society” and then Ed returns the favour duetting with Glen on “Falling Slowly” which again has the addition of a string quartet used by Ed earlier in the night for “Slow Lukin” and “Just Breathe” which he dedicates to Stones skinsman Charlie Watts and his wife. It is covers galore for the first encore with Dave Alvin’s “4th Of July” a new addition to the covers list. During Hard Sun Ed invites some kids and their parents from the crowd up on stage.

07/01/2011: Fox Theatre, St Louis, MO, USA
Opening act: Glen Hansard
Set: Waving Palms, Can’t Keep, Sleeping By Myself, Without You, Goodbye Havana Moon, You’re True, Light Today, Trouble, Sometimes, I Am Mine, Thumbing My Way, Driftin’, Betterman, Far Behind, Long Nights w/Glen Hansard, Guaranteed, Improv on Mandolin for ASL interpreter, Rise, Just Breathe, Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town, Unthought Known, Arc
First Encore: Wishlist, Immortality, Sleepless Nights w/Glen Hansard, Society w/Glen Hansard, Falling Slowly (Glen with Eddie duet vocal), Last Kiss, So You Want To Be A Rock ‘N’ Roll Star, Lukin, Porch
Second Encore: Hard Sun w/Glen Hansard, Dream A Little Dream
TFT Notes: Glen Hansard joins Ed for “Long Nights”, “Sleepless Nights” and “Society” and then Ed returns the favour duetting with Glen on “Falling Slowly”. Ed gives the nod to local Chuck Berry with “Goodbye Havana Moon”. “I Am Mine” is dedicated to fans Christopher Lee-Sye & his wife Nicole who lost everything in a recent tornado. Ed has a bit of fun with the ASL interpreter deliberately looking for translations for a number of unsavoury words – Rise is then dedicated to said ASL interpreter. “Just Breathe” is dedicated to some expectant parents.

07/02/2011 Orpheum Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
Opening act: Glen Hansard
Set: Waving Palms, Can’t Keep, Sleeping By Myself, Without You, More Than You Know, Goodbye, You’re True, Dead Man, Just Breathe, Off He Goes, Betterman, Love Boat Captain, Long Nights w/Glen Hansard, Setting Forth, Far Behind, Guaranteed, Rise, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, Unthought Known, The End, Arc
First Encore: Long Road, Wishlist, Sleepless Nights w/Glen Hansard, Society w/Glen Hansard, Falling Slowly (Glen with Eddie duet vocal), 4th Of July, Porch
Second Encore: Hard Sun w/Glen Hansard, Dream A Little Dream
TFT Notes: Glen Hansard joins Ed for “Long Nights”, “Sleepless Nights” and “Society” and then Ed returns the favour duetting with Glen on “Falling Slowly”. “Love Boat Captain” is played for the first time this tour. “Long Road” is dedicated to a crew member and her family.

07/05/2011 Copely Symphony Hall, San Diego, CA
Set: Can’t Keep, Sleeping By Myself, Without You, Broken Heart, Hey Fahkah, You’re True, Longing To Belong w/Rudy Stein playing cello, Deadman, I Am Mine, Off He Goes, Love Boat Captain, Betterman, Long Nights w/Glen Hansard, Far Behind, No Ceiling, Guaranteed, Rise (incomplete), Just Breathe w/string quartet, The End w/string quartet
First Encore: Unthought Known, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, 4th Of July, Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town, Sleepless Nights w/Glen Hansard, Society w/Glen Hansard. Falling Slowly w/string quartet (Glen with Eddie duet vocal), Eddie duet vocal}, Wishlist, Open All Night, Porch
Second Encore: Hard Sun w/Glen Hansard
TFT Notes: Glen Hansard joins Ed for “Long Nights”, “Sleepless Nights” (off mic busker style) and “Society” and then Ed returns the favour duetting with Glen on “Falling Slowly”. Ed has a dip at an audience member for texting during the show. “Hey Fahkah” makes it first appearance and is dedicated to Ed’s children as their favourite song. “Rise” is left incomplete after a couple of flubs.

07/06/2011 Terrace Theater, Long Beach, CA
Opening act: Glen Hansard
Set: Waving Palms, Can’t Keep, Sleeping By Myself, Without You, Goodbye, You’re True, Blue, Red And Grey, Longing To Belong w/ cello, Brain Damage, Sometimes, I Am Mine, Thumbing My Way, Long Nights w/Glen Hansard, Unthought Known, Guaranteed, Rise, Lukin w/string quartet (fast version), Just Breathe w/string quartet, The End w/string quartet, Arc
First Encore: I’m One, Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town, Picture In A Frame, Sleepless Nights w/Glen Hansard, Society w/Glen Hansard, Falling Slowly w/string quartet (Glen with Eddie duet vocal), 4th Of July, Porch
Second Encore: Hard Sun w/Glen Hansard, Yellow Ledbetter w/Mike McCready
TFT Notes: The intro music for the night is field recording cover of Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town by Mburu. Glen Hansard joins Ed for “Long Nights”, “Sleepless Nights” and “Society” and then Ed returns the favour duetting with Glen on “Falling Slowly”. Only the first verse of “Goodbye” is played before seguing into “You’re True”. Mike McCready joins Ed for a “Yellow Ledbetter” finale.

07/08/2011 The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA
Opening act: Glen Hansard
Set: Waving Palms, Can’t Keep, Sleeping By Myself, Without You, Light Today, Goodbye, Longing To Belong w/ cello, Soon Forget, Trouble, Sometimes, I Am Mine, Betterman, Long Nights w/Glen Hansard, Far Behind, Guaranteed, Lukin w/string quartet (fast version), Just Breathe w/string quartet, The End w/string quartet, Unthought Known, Immortality, Arc
First Encore: Long Road w/John Densmore, Wishlist w/John Densmore, Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town, Sleepless Nights w/Glen Hansard (no mics no amplification), Society w/Glen Hansard, Falling Slowly w/string quartet (Glen with Eddie duet vocal), Open All Night, Porch
Second Encore: Rockin’ In The Free World w/Glen Hansard & John Densmore, Hard Sun w/Glen Hansard
TFT Notes: Glen Hansard joins Ed for “Long Nights”, “Sleepless Nights” (off mic busker style) and “Society” and then Ed returns the favour duetting with Glen on “Falling Slowly”. John Densmore from legendary LA band The Doors joins Ed playing djembe and Tibetan bells for “Long Road”, “Wishlist” and later backs up Ed with Glen Hansard on a stirring rendition of “Rockin in the Free World”.

07/09/2011 Santa Barbara Bowl – Santa Barbara, CA
Opening act: Glen Hansard
Set: Can’t Keep, Sleeping By Myself, Without You, More Than You Know, Goodbye, Longing To Belong w/ cello, Wishlist, Off He Goes, Hurt, I Am Mine, Santa Cruz, Guaranteed, Rise, Needle And The Damage Done, Lukin w/string quartet (fast version), Just Breathe w/string quartet, The End w/string quartet, Unthought Known, Parting Ways
First Encore: Redemption Song-, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, Sleepless Nights w/Glen Hansard, Society w/Glen Hansard, Falling Slowly w/string quartet (Glen with Eddie duet vocal), Porch
Second Encore: Hard Sun w/Glen Hansard, Dream A Little Dream
TFT Notes: Glen Hansard joins Ed for “Sleepless Nights” and “Society” and then Ed returns the favour duetting with Glen on “Falling Slowly”. Ed pulls out “Hurt”, “Santa Cruz” and “Redemption Song” for the first time this tour.

07/11/2011 Paramount Theatre, Oakland, CA, USA
Opening act: Glen Hansard
Set: Can’t Keep, Sleeping By Myself, Without You, More Than You Know, Broken Heart, Light Today, You’re True, I Am Mine, Deadman, Wishlist, Just Breathe, Betterman, Santa Cruz, Far Behind, Long Nights w/Glen Hansard, Guaranteed, Rise, Untitled pump organ song, Lukin, Unthought Known, Arc
First Encore: Immortality, I’m One, Waiting On A Friend (part), Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town, Sleepless Nights w/Glen Hansard, Society w/Glen Hansard, Falling Slowly (Glen with Eddie duet vocal), Porch
Second Encore: Hard Sun w/Glen Hansard
TFT Notes: Glen Hansard joins Ed for “Long Nights”, “Sleepless Nights” (off mic busker style) and “Society” and then Ed returns the favour duetting with Glen on “Falling Slowly”. “Rise” is dedicated to Ed’s friend Rob. Ed claims he wants to ‘do something different’ and steps over to play a new untitled song on the pump organ. He later plays part of “Waiting on a Friend” while telling a story about playing with The Rolling Stones.

07/12/2011 Paramount Theatre, Oakland, CA, USA
Opening act: Glen Hansard
Set: Walking The Cow, Can’t Keep, Sleeping By Myself, Without You, Goodbye, Soon Forget, Long Road (for Tim Robbins’ parents), Sometimes, Off He Goes, Just Breathe (for Jeff & Christie), Millworker, Santa Cruz, Long Nights w/Glen Hansard, No Ceiling, Guaranteed, Unthought Known, The End, Betterman/Save It For Later, Arc
First Encore: If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out, Parting Ways, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, Waiting On A Friend w/Glen Hansard, Sleepless Nights w/Glen Hansard, Society w/Glen Hansard, Falling Slowly (Glen with Eddie duet vocal), Open All Night, Porch
Second Encore: Hard Sun w/Glen Hansard, Dream A Little Dream
TFT Notes: Glen Hansard joins Ed for “Long Nights”, “Sleepless Nights” (off mic busker style), “Society” and the full version of The Rollings Stones’ “Waiting on a Friend” and then Ed returns the favour duetting with Glen on “Falling Slowly”. “Long Road” is dedicated to Tim Robbins’ parents. Ed pulls out the banjo for “If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out”.

07/14/2011 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR, USA
Opening act: Glen Hansard
Set: Walking The Cow, Can’t Keep, Sleeping By Myself, Without You, Goodbye, Blue, Red And Grey, I Am Mine, Thumbing My Way, Just Breathe, Far Behind, Long Nights w/Glen Hansard, Setting Forth, Guaranteed, Rise, Immortality, Unthought Known, The End, Arc
First Encore: If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town, The Golden State w/ Corin Tucker, Tonight You Belong To Me w/Janet Weiss, Sleepless Nights w/Glen Hansard, Society w/Glen Hansard, Falling Slowly (Glen with Eddie duet vocal), Porch
Second Encore: Hard Sun w/ Glen Hansard, Corin Tucker and Janet Weiss, Dream A Little Dream
TFT Notes: Glen Hansard joins Ed for “Long Nights”, “Sleepless Nights” (off mic busker style) and “Society” and then Ed returns the favour duetting with Glen on “Falling Slowly”. “Rise” is dedicated to Gerry Lopez. Ed is joined by the Sleater Kinney girls, Corin Tucker and Janet Weiss, for “The Golden State” and “Tonight You Belong to Me” respectively and they also join Ed and Glen for “Hard Sun”.

07/15/2011 Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA, USA
Opening act: Glen Hansard
Set: Walking The Cow, Can’t Keep, Sleeping By Myself, Without You, More Than You Know, Blue, Red And Grey, Longing To Belong w/ cello, Deadman, Around The Bend, Unthought Known, Betterman, Millworker, Long Nights w/Glen Hansard, Far Behind, Guaranteed, Rise, Lukin w/string quartet (fast), Just Breathe, The End w/string quartet, Arc
First Encore: If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, 4th Of July, Sleepless Nights w/ Glen Hansard, Society w/Glen Hansard, Falling Slowly w/string quartet (Glen with Eddie duet vocal), Parting Ways, Porch
Second Encore: Hard Sun w/Glen Hansard, Dream A Little Dream
TFT Notes: Glen Hansard joins Ed for “Long Nights”, “Sleepless Nights” (off mic busker style) and “Society” and then Ed returns the favour duetting with Glen on “Falling Slowly”. “Just Breathe” is dedicated to Leo.

07/16/2011 Benaroya Hall, Seattle, WA, USA
Opening act: Glen Hansard
Set:
Can’t Keep, Sleeping By Myself, Without You, Hey Fahkah, You’re True, Soon Forget, Longing To Belong w/ cello, Needle And The Damage Done, Long Road, Wishlist, Man Of The Hour, I Am Mine, Long Nights w/Glen Hansard, No Ceiling, Far Behind, Guaranteed, Rise, Lukin w/string quartet (slow version), Just Breathe w/string quartet, The End w/string quartet, Unthought Known, Betterman/Save It For Later
First Encore:
I’m One, Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town (goes into same instrumental section that Ed plays during “Millworker”), Immortality, Sleepless Nights w/ Glen Hansard, Society w/Glen Hansard, Falling Slowly w/string quartet (Glen with Eddie duet vocal), Open All Night, Porch
Second Encore:
Rockin’ In The Free World w/Glen Hansard, Hard Sun w/Glen Hansard, Dream A Little Dream
TFT Notes:
Glen Hansard joins Ed for “Long Nights”, “Sleepless Nights” (off mic busker style) and “Society” and then Ed returns the favour duetting with Glen on “Falling Slowly”. “Soon Forget” is dedicated to Jack Benaroya for all his good deeds and “Needle and The Damage Done” is dedicated to Stefanie Sargent of 7 Year Bitch,. The first attempt at “Just Breathe” is stopped for technical reasons but is played in full on the second go. Ed invites his crew onstage to take a bow after “Rockin in the Free World”.

10/22/2011 Bridge School Benefit, Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View , CA, USA
Don’t Cry No Tears (stopped), You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, Don’t Cry No Tears, Rise, Without You, Tonight You Belong To Me, Just Breathe, Porch, Sleepless Nights
TFT Notes: Sporting a wide-brimmed hat and a Bridge Schoool t-shirt, Eddie performed at Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit for the second time as a solo artist (read about his 1994 appearance). Smiling and energetic, Ed starts “Good evening, thank you. I was thinking to start with a Neil Young song. He’s got a lot of them, he can’t possibly use them all tonight, so I thought I’d make use of this one.” He debuts Neil Young’s “Don’t Cry No Tears” but unfortunately stops during the first verse, joking “Alright I might have to play that one later. ” Donning the harmonica, Ed plays a rousing “You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away” with the crowd taking a few lines of the chorus. “Don’t Cry No Tears” is revisited with hesitation “I’m gonna try this one one more time (crowd cheers, big smile)  just relax”. “Don’t Cry No Tears” is the lead track from Neil Young’s 1975 album, Zuma. “Here’s a little Mandolin for you” leading to “Rise”. “Neil and Pegi asked if I was gonna bring my ukulele so here it is. And this is – well, it’s kind of an unexpurgated love song written for my wife – I’m sure she wouldn’t mind if I dedicated it to Maricor, my friend back here tonight. Maricor has two more college degrees than I have, from (University of California at) Berkeley. She’s my hero, (then looking back at all the students) or one of ‘em.” Régine from Arcade Fire “graciously accepted the invitation to try this next one with me”, to which they duet on “Tonight You Belong To Me”. Pearl Jam standards “Just Breathe” and “Porch” bring the crowd to their feet. Beck joins Eddie for the last track of his set, “Here’s my friend for the last one, here’s Beck. This is one we did years and years ago, it’s nice to do it again”. Beck and Eddie last performed “Sleepless Nights” at the Concert for Artists’ Rights at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles in February 2002. “Thank you Bridge School, thank you Beck, good night” in closing to an appreciative crowd.

European Tour 2012

07/25/12 – Koninklijk Theater Carre, Amsterdam, NE
set: Can’t Keep, Sleeping By Myself, Without You, Broken Heart, Trouble, Sometimes, Far Behind, No Ceiling, Guaranteed, Rise, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, Light Today, Man of the Hour, Thumbing My Way, I Am Mine, Brain Damage, Dead Man,   Unthought Known, Better Man, Good Woman, Parting Ways, Porch
first encore: Society, Sleepless Nights, Falling Slowly, Open All Night
second encore: Hard Sun
TFT Notes: After the rescheduling of U.S. dates earlier in the year due to injury, this brief European tour begins in with two nights in the city of Amsterdam, where Pearl Jam played less than a month ago. The first set features the debut of “Good Woman”, a track on Cat Power’s 2003 album You Are Free that Eddie provided backing vocals on.

07/26/12 – Koninklijk Theater Carre, Amsterdam, NE
set: Walking the Cow, Wishlist, You’re True, Goodbye, More Than You Know, Soon Forget, Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town, Driftin’, Setting Forth, Far Behind, Guaranteed, Rise, Long Nights, Immortality, Just Breathe, Unthought Known, Better Days
first encore: Bugs, Society, Sleepless Nights, Falling Slowly, Forever Young, The End, Rockin’ in the Free World
second encore: Hard Sun, Dream A Little Dream
TFT Notes: Ed brings long-time fan and Dutch Ramblings / Bugs Mailing List founder Mirella on stage for a version of “Bugs” on Piano.

07/28/12 – Apollo Theatre, Manchester, UK
set: Don’t Be Shy, I Am Mine, Can’t Keep, Sleeping By Myself, Without You, Satellite, Sometimes, Picture in a Frame, Untitled, Off He Goes, Far Behind, No Ceiling, Guaranteed, Rise, Long Road, Better Man, Unthought Known, Speed of Sound, Lukin, Porch
first encore: Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, Society, Sleepless Nights, Falling Slowly, Crazy Mary, The End, Arc
second encore: Rockin’ in the Free World, Hard Sun
TFT Notes:

07/30/12 – Hammersmith Apollo, London, UK
set: Walking The Cow, Trouble, Can’t Keep, Sleeping By Myself, Without You, More Than You Know, Broken Heart, I Am Mine, Brain Damage, dead Man, Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town, Setting Forth, Far Behind, Guaranteed, Rise, Long Nights, Good Woman, Better Man, You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away, Lukin, Porch
first encore: Unthought Known, Society, Sleepless Nights, Falling Slowly, Open All Night, The End, Arc
second encore: Hard Sun

07/31/12 – Hammersmith Apollo, London, UK
set: Sometimes, Picture in a Frame, Just Breathe, Thumbing My Way, Can’t Keep, Without You, Satellite, You’re True, Drifting, Unthought Known, No Ceiling, Far Behind, Guaranteed, Rise, Long Nights, Man of the Hour, Masters of War, Porch
first encore: I’m One, Parting ways, Society, Sleepless Nights, Falling Slowly, Throw Your Arms Around Me, Blue, Red and Grey, Naked Eye
second encore: Hard Sun, So You Want To Be A Rock and Roll Star, Dream A Little Dream
TFT Notes: Ed shows the crowd a picture Hammersmith Apollo on the inside of the Quadrophenia album, leading to “I’m One” (Side Two, Track One). Neil Finn is in town and joins Ed for the Hunters & Collectors “Throw Your Arms Around Me”. Who legend Roger Daltrey joins Ed for “Red, Blue and Grey” from The Who By Numbers, playing Ukulele himself and singing.

North America 2012

9/20/2012 – President Obama Event, (private residence), South Tampa, Florida
set: Rise, Without You, Millworker, Rockin’ In The Free World
TFT Notes: This was a private event and fundraiser for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign held at the home of signer-songwriter Don Miggs and Lisa deBartolo for 85 guests. A suit-wearing Eddie performed a four-song set before introducing President Obama.

10/31/12 – Palace Theater, Las Vegas, NV, USA
set:  Can’t Keep, Sleepless Nights, Without You, You’re True, Sometimes, Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town, Just Breathe, Far Behind, No Ceiling, Guaranteed, Rise, Man of the Hour, My City of Ruins, Masters of War, Lukin, Porch
first encore: You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away, Unthought Known, Society, Sleepless Nights, Falling Slowly, Forever Young, The End, Arc
second encore: Can’t Help Falling in Love, Hard Sun

11/01/12 – Palace Theater, Las Vegas, NV, USA
set:  Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town, Brain Damage, Trouble, Can’t Keep, Sleeping by Myself, Without You, Goodbye, Light Today, I Am Mine, Drifting, Just Breathe, Setting Forth, Guaranteed, Long Nights, Rise, Good Woman (Cat Power), Better Man, Unthought Known, Porch
first encore: Wishlist, I Am a Patriot, Society, Sleepless Nights, Falling Slowly, Tonight You Belong to Me, Golden State, Black
second encore: Hard Sun

11/04/12 – Comerica Theater, Phoenix, AZ, USA
set:  Elderly Woman Behind The Curtain In A Small Town, (Brain Damage)/Sometimes, Can’t Keep, Sleeping By Myself, Without You, You’re True, Light Today, Millworker, Just Breathe, Far Behind, Guaranteed, Long Nights, Rise, Better Man, Masters Of War, Unthought Known, Porch
first encore: Wishlist, Society, Sleepless Nights, Falling Slowly, Open All Night, Arc
second encore: Rockin’ in the Free World, Hard Sun

11/06/12 – Kiva Auditorium, Albuquerque, NM, USA
set:  I Am A Patriot, Sometimes, Can’t Keep, Sleeping By Myself, Without You/(Only Women Bleed), Light Today, I Am Mine, Man Of The Hour, Setting Forth, Far Behind, Guaranteed, Long Nights, Rise, Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town, Immortality, Lukin, Porch
first encore: Soon Forget, Better Man, Society, Sleepless Nights, Falling Slowly
second encore: Hard Sun

11/07/12 – Plaza Theater, El Paso, TX, USA
set:  Waving Palms, Can’t Keep, Sleeping By Myself, Without You, Broken Heart, More Than You Know, Wishlist, Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town, I Believe In Miracles, Far Behind, Setting Forth, Guaranteed, Rise, Just Breathe, Rise, Long Nights , Needle & The Damage Done, Off He Goes, Les Paul Uke, Unthought Known, Porch
first encore: I Am A Patriot, Immortality, Tonight, You Belong To Me, Society, Sleepless Nights, Falling Slowly, Open All Night, The End, Arc
second encore: Hard Sun

11/09/12 – Bass Concert Hall, Austin, TX, USA

11/11/12 – Bass Concert Hall, Austin, TX, USA

11/12/12 – Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, Houston, TX, USA

11/13/12 – Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, Houston, TX, USA

11/15/12 – The Music Hall at Fair Park, Dallas, TX, USA

11/16/12 – Lila Cockrell Theatre, San Antonio, TX, USA

11/18/12 – Brady Theater, Tulsa, OK, USA

11/19/12 – Brady Theater, Tulsa, OK, USA

11/21/12 – The Orpheum Theater, Memphis, TN, USA

11/24/12 – Moran Theater / Times-Union Center For the Performing Arts, Jacksonville, FL, USA

11/25/12 – Moran Theater / Times-Union Center For the Performing Arts, Jacksonville, FL, USA

11/27/12 – Bob Carr Performing Arts Center, Orlando FL, USA

11/28/12 – Bob Carr Performing Arts Center, Orlando FL, USA

11/30/12 – Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA

12/1/12 – Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA

12/3/12 – Ruth Eckerd Hall, Ft. Clearwater, FL, USA

12/4/12 – Ruth Eckerd Hall, Ft. Clearwater, FL, USA

12/12/12 – Madison Square Garden, New York, NY USA
set: Comfortably Numb (with Roger Waters)
TFT Notes: Eddie duets with Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters on Waters’ song during this massive Hurricane Sandy benefit concert that also includes sets by Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Michael Stipe with Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Kanye West, Alicia Keys and more.

2013

9/15/2013 – Heal EB/EBMRF/Rock For EB Benefit, (private residence), Malibu, CA USA
set: Can’t Keep, Without You, Trouble, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, Just Breathe, Far Behind, Guaranteed, Picture In A Frame, Wishlist, Unthought Known, You Belong To Me (w/ Catherine Keener), The Kids Are Alright (w/ Adam Sandler), Shattered (w/ Jeanne Tripplehorn), The New World (w/ Tim Robbins), Golden State (w/ Natalie Maines), You Can Close Your Eyes (w/ Natalie Maines), Hard Sun
TFT Notes:
Eddie and his wife are on the Board of Heal EB, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping find a cure for a rare genetic disease called Epidermolysis Bullosa. This event, which benefited Heal EB in part, not only featured Eddie, but also actor/comedian Zach Galifanakis as well. Eddie’s set included a number of special guest duet partners from the worlds of music (Dixie Chick Natalie Maines) and Hollywood (Adam Sandler, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Tim Robbins, Catherine Keener). Eddie and Jeanne Tripplehorn’s take on the Rolling Stone’s “Shattered” (with Jeanne singing a la Julie Andrews) became one side of Pearl Jam Ten Club’s 2013 Holiday single.

12/31/2013 – Blaisdell Theatre, Honolulu, HI USA
set: You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, Ukulele Anthem
TFT Notes: Eddie plays a quick set opening for comedian (and pal) Bill Maher. “Hide Your Love” is the famous Beatles song and Ed performs it on guitar and harmonica. “Ukulele Anthem” is a song by Amanda Palmer. Michael Moore and Sean Penn are also in attendance to intro Maher’s set. This is the second time Vedder rang in the new year with Maher and Sean Penn, though on 12/31/2012 EV did not perform.

Australia 2014

2/7/2014 – Riverside Theater, Perth, Australia
opening act: Glen Hansard
main set: Trouble, Sometimes, Man of the Hour, Can’t Keep, Sleeping By Myself, Without You, More Than You Know, Good Woman, Thumbing My Way, Driftin’, No Ceiling, Far Behind, Guaranteed, Long Nights (with Glen Hansard), The End, Needle and the Damage Done, Parting Ways, Open All Night, Porch
first encore: Improv for Conner, Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town, Sleepless Nights (w/ Hansard), Falling Slowly (w/ Hansard), Unthought Known, Lukin
second encore: Ukulele Anthem, Hard Sun (w/ Hansard)
TFT Notes: “Connor” is a boy in the front row. “Ukulele Anthem” is the Amanda Palmer song. Eddie’s duet with opener Glen Hansard on “Sleepless Nights” is done with instruments unamplified.

2/8/2014 – Riverside Theater, Perth, Australia
opening act: Glen Hansard
main set: Walking The Cow, Picture In A Frame, Better Man, Wishlist, Speed of Sound, Can’t Keep, Without You, Light Today, You’re True, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, Driftin’, Setting Forth, Far Behind, Guaranteed, Rise, Long Nights (w/ Glen Hansard), Just Breathe, 4th Of July, Porch
first encore: After Hours, Immortality, Lukin, Sleepless Nights, Society (w/ Glen Hansard), Falling Slowly (w/ Glen Hansard), Rockin’ In The Free World, Hard Sun
TFT Notes: “4th of July” is a song by Dave Alvin (X, The Blasters). “After Hours” is a Lou Reed song.

2/11/2014 – State Theater, Sydney, Australia
opening act: Glen Hansard
main set: Long Road, Brain Damage, Sometimes, Don’t Be Shy, Around The Bend, Thumbing My Way, Speed Of Sound, Can’t Keep, Sleeping By Myself, Without You, I Am Mine, You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, Setting Forth, Guaranteed, Rise, Better Man, Millworker, Porch
first encore: Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town, Lukin, Sleepless Nights (w/ Glen Hansard), Sleepless Nights / Loud Uke, Falling Slowly, Parting Ways, Just Breathe, Off He Goes, Open All Night, Arc
second encore: Hard Sun
TFT Notes: “Sleepless Nights” is first performed unamplified along with Glen Hansard before being repeated with an electric uke.

2/12/2014 – State Theater, Sydney, Australia
opening act: Glen Hansard
main set: I’m One, Gone, Wishlist, Without You, Can’t Keep, Soon Forget, You’re True, No Ceiling, Her Majesty (Beatles), Far Behind, Guaranteed, Long Nights (w/ Glen Hansard), Man of the Hour, Unthought Known, Lukin, Porch
first encore: You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, Masters Of War, Future Days, Bugs, Immortality, Sleepless Nights (w/ Glen Hansard), Society (w/ Glen Hansard), Falling Slowly (w/ Glen Hansard), Rockin’ In The Free World
second encore: Dream A Little Dream Of Me, Hard Sun (w/ Glen Hansard)
TFT Notes: “Bugs” is performed on organ.

2/13/2014 – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia
opening act: Glen Hansard
main set: Girl From The North Country, Picture In A Frame, Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town, Dead Man, Can’t Keep, Sleeping By Myself, Light Today, Without You, Tonight You Belong To Me (w/ Eliza-Jane Barnes), Golden State (w/ Eliza-Jane Barnes), Driftin’, Far Behind, Guaranteed, Long Nights (w/ Glen Hansard), Rise, Throw Your Arms Around Me, Better Man, Good Woman, 4th Of July, Porch
first encore: Growin’ Up, Just Breathe, Blackbird, I Believe In Miracles, Bugs, Sleepless Nights (w/ Glen Hansard), Society (w/ Glen Hansard), Falling Slowly (Hansard), Lukin, Rockin’ In The Free World
second encore: Ukulele Anthem, Hard Sun (w/ E.J. Barnes, Cecilia Herbert, Glen Hansard)
TFT Notes: Eliza Jane Barnes is the frequent bandmate of Liam Finn, who opened for Ed on his 2008 and 2009 tours. “Bugs” is again performed on organ.

{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

einatshaul June 13, 2009 at 6:35 am

Someone better decribe that “Unknown Song” is it “Path cut by the moon”? That was playd in Berkely last year??

Stacy June 19, 2009 at 3:09 pm

I love this site!!!! Saw & met Eddie June 12th 2009 @ Tower Theatre!!! Shook his hand!! Best night of my life!! Cannot wait to see future set lists!!

Ali June 20, 2009 at 12:37 am

Like Stacy, I too saw and met Eddie June 15th 2009 @ Lyric Opera House and shook his hand! I will never forget that as long as I live, being a fan since 1992. It’s amazing how humble and fan friendly this man is!!

Jimmy June 20, 2009 at 7:37 pm

And I suppose NO ONE recorded any of these shows? Where are the recordings, damn it!! I need to hear this stuff!!!

Stacy June 21, 2009 at 3:47 pm

Where is the rest of Ed’s set lists?!?! I check every day for a break down and its never posted! Please, pretty please put it up! I just have to know! Thank you!!!

Heda June 21, 2009 at 6:40 pm

Stacy –

Setlists from 1 Nashville and 1 Memphis are posted over on etree.org which I was at, check that out if you’re in need of info…hope it helps!!

Kathy Davis June 22, 2009 at 12:42 am

Hi Stacy, and Heda thanks for the etree link. I’ve been actually at the last 3 shows and writing reviews with limited time to post the setlists. Catching up soon, and hope to be on top of the rest of the tour.

Heda June 22, 2009 at 5:48 am

Good deal Kathy –

no worries on this end, it’s always a ton of work, but you help run a great site here…ilikeit-alot.
anyway, hope to maybe catch anyone else on the road –

Kathy and co. -> keep the hard work going on the site!

Cheers

Stacy June 22, 2009 at 10:25 am

Thanks Kathy!! I hope u had a freakin blast @ the 3 shows!!! Lucky u!!! I’d give anything to go to more than 1! Can’t wait til new PJ album & hopefully a tour, yay!!! Again you have a GREAT site & I thank u…

Stacy June 22, 2009 at 11:12 am

Hey Heda, I checked out that .org u posted but I couldn’t find anything PJ or Ed Ved related?! Maybe its me, LoL. Thanks for the suggestion tho! I kno u were as shocked as me to meet & shake the great Ed Ved’s hand!!!!! What a thrill! Ill NEVER FORGET it!!!

john salvaggi June 23, 2009 at 6:58 pm

I just saw Ed in Memphis. My cousin and I drove 12 hours each way from Cleveland, ohio for this show, and it was worth it twice over. I’ve seen PJ about a dozen times, and have been a die hard fan since 92. And this show was such an amazing experience…I can’t really explain in words. The building was gorgeous, the crowd engaged, and the performer captivating. Its so strange with Ed…his presence is so demanding and you can’t help but hang on his every word. However, he seems humbled to be in OUR presence. The sound quality was PERFECT. His instruments were amazing- his voice so awesome. This will go down in the books as one of the most memorable experiences of my life. Vedder is truly one of the most talented and dedicated musicians this world has ever known, and I’m proud to say I was part of the experience.

Matt B June 24, 2009 at 11:07 am

The way I remember Atlanta, June 23, 2009:

I gotta say, this show may have rivaled every PJ show I have been too (30 + shows)…..obviously a different energy but a very cool experience….far exceeded all expectations I had going in. The setting is a small theater, maybe 1,200 seats??, Ed is set up center stage with a big Asian circular rug, surrounded by a collection of guitars . Ed is seated the whole time.

Ed is humbling, charming, and chatty. He talked more than ever before. All in all, he played for just under 2 hours.

Opening song: Walking the Cow…..first time hearing this live…..very cool
2. Trouble – Dedicated to his best friend Jeff Ament
3. Brain Damage / Sometimes – The feel of the show is sitting around a campfire and Ed has the acoustic guitar out and is just playing whatever comes to mind. Here, he starts off with the first couple of verses of Pink Floyd’s tune and then
he then rolls this right into a sped up version of Sometimes….pausing to hit the super high notes at the end.

4. I Am Mine
5. Dead Man Walking – He talks a bit about the West Memphis Three and how he thinks they will be released soon. When Ed is talking with the audience, of course there are the idiots who scream things out…..sometimes he pays attention and engages/answers and other times he ignores. When he is talking about this case, some people are yelling out ‘Bullshit’…..Ed takes offense thinking that him supporting the West Memphis Three is BS and stops and clarifies if the audience thinks the case is bullshit or that the West Memphis is actually guilty…..kind of a tense moment because we aren’t sure if he is going to get in a verbal fight with the hecklers, but then he is able to clarify that they feel the case is BS and that the men are falsely accused. The audience is relieved and Ed goes into Dead Man Walking.
6. Elderly Woman in a Small Town – Ed says a few things about not playing in Atlanta for a while and how they record their album here with Brendan O’Brien (the recording studio is about 1 ½ miles from my house)……he calls Brendan a cocksucker for not coming tonight sarcastically saying he has something better to do….helping out Bruce on a new album. Song rocks and first true sing along by the crowd.
7. I am a Patriot – My second time hearing this live….kicked ass.
8. Far Behind
9. No Ceiling
10. Guaranteed
11. Rise – Four song run from ‘Into the Wild’. Before Rise he says that he hates to break the news, but the song is NOT about an erection…..but that he’d be open to an endorsement for Viagra for 3-4 Million dollars and a bunch of pills to share with his friends. He crushes this on the ukulele and the crowd is dead silent in awe watching him jam.
a. SIDE NOTE- One of the best parts of the show aside from the tunes is the edict handed down with the ticket purchase – Absolutely No recording—video—-audio—no cell phone usage at all. If you pulled your phone, security was on you within seconds sternly telling you that if you pull it out again, they will confiscate it with no questions asked. Why this was so great was you didn’t have to look at all the cell phones in the air like you see at every single concert you go these days…..or the endless camera flashes going off. Really nice to just sit back and watch the show with out all the LCD lights all over.

12. Growin’ Up – he talked about Bruce and how much he liked him and then covered this tune. I didn’t recognize it. ( I think this was the Bruce cover….not sure on this)
13. Picture in a Frame- Ed said that 9 years ago today a wonderful thing happened (I assume either got married or met his wife)and it has led to him having children and he wanted to notice the day. This was a love song dedicated to his wife.
14. Driftin’ – harmonica comes out and song is super cool live.
15. You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away – says he borrowed this song years ago and wishes he could thank the author in person.
16. Let My Love Open The Door – Said he has a friend who is a doctor (Pete Townshend) who has the best bootlegs and he often sends Ed bootlegs and says ‘listen to these two but you don’t have to call me in the morning’….super cool (Personal note: I heard this the first time PJ played it live at Soldier Field in 1995)
17. Lukin’- Long ramble before this. Talks about anyone who plays guitar around a campfire knows this song…..and how sometimes you just need the right song for the right moment with the right people……really leading up to us thinking we were getting some acoustic classic and then he rips into a scorching version of Lukin screaming his ass off on acoustic guitar.
18. Porch – Right into Porch! Everyone stands for the first time and rocks out. Bad ass. Bad ass.
Encore Break

19. Soon Forget – ukulele is back and song rocks. First time for me hearing this.
20. Society – Liam Finn from Crowded House comes out to play with him. Awesome.
21. Throw your Arms Around Me – Again with Liam. A highlight of the night. (I saw PJ play this live for the first time in 1994 in St. Pete)
22. The Golden State – The girl who played with Liam came out and sang with Ed for this one. Nice song. I didn’t recognize it.
23. Believe U Me – Took me a second and then I couldn’t believe it….Ed wrote this song with his first band, Bad Radio just out of high school. Sang about 1 minute of this.
24. Wishlist – Right into a fast version of Wishlist…..rocked!
25. Forever Young – Nice song. Didn’t recognize it.
26. ARC- Wow. I had heard of him trying this a few times live but more times than not even when he starts it, he ends up quitting because it doesn’t sound right. Lights go way down…..Ed is basically lit by a candlelight. He uses his whole body to hit the notes….had to see it. He starts the chant/hum of ARC. He pauses while it is played back on the loop and then he sings on top of it. Pause and layer. Pause and layer. They keep layering each verse on top of the next. After about 7 of these, he adds a new chant/hum. Pause layer several times. Finish with one last chant/hum for three different sounds all together. Finished product loops over and over. Ed stands…..walks the stage shaking hands waving to the crowd as ARC loops over and over loud as hell. So cool to see something created on the spot.
Encore
Curtain drops but crowd won’t go away. We keep it up for about 5 minutes and then the curtain comes up. Ed is standing with an electric guitar, drums are out and Liam is behind them, and the girl with Liam is there too.
27. Hard Sun – They jam this hard and show ends. Classic

Hoit June 24, 2009 at 11:01 pm

Matt, wadup? We were at the Ryman for the two shows. How about Let my love and Poor Girl the first night? Any news on picking up our bootlegs for these shows?

Jerry June 25, 2009 at 12:39 pm

Matt, that was a great review, but I have to say that it’s really sad you didn’t even RECOGNIZE classic Springsteen (“Growin’ Up) and Dylan (“Forever Young”) songs. Where does your music history end, 1992? No wait, you know Bad Radio, 1989? How do you know so much about Ed and so little about the legends he admires?

Matt B June 25, 2009 at 12:42 pm

Sorry Jerry. Don’t know what to tell ya bud.

Darren June 26, 2009 at 10:38 am

Does any one know if there are going to be bootlegs put out for this last part of the tour?

Hoit June 27, 2009 at 5:42 pm

I dont know Darren, but that is a question I have been posting all over this website since I got home from Nashville. I saw the soundboards and video cameras upstairs at the Ryman, but dont know if I’ll ever get a copy of the bootlegs. I know I would love to buy a couple if they would become available.

Jess June 29, 2009 at 7:57 am

Does anyone have a setlist for night 2 in Atlanta? Please post as I have been checking here daily!!!!! THX

kaya June 29, 2009 at 7:06 pm

Atlanta #2. set list?????????????????

Hoit June 29, 2009 at 10:32 pm

BOOTLEGS?????????????

Ali July 4, 2009 at 12:58 am

WOW! That’s all I can say after reading that Atlanta 2 set list!

ken July 7, 2009 at 1:02 am

does any one have a clue if Ed is ever going to release acd for any of these show. I have been to 6 of the solo shows and it’s killing me if he didn’t record any of this stuff

JR July 7, 2009 at 7:19 am

Re: bootlegs, if I had to guess, I would think the big hurdle is that EV plays a lot of covers. i don’t know if that factors into PJ’s bootleg releases but they only play 4-5 covers max on a given night. ya know, this might just be a good straight-up question for the 10c

John Reynolds July 15, 2009 at 1:15 am

Corrected the July 2 Honolulu setlist. Didn’t realize Ed covered X’s “4th of July” nice.

Isaac July 17, 2009 at 3:42 am

Matt B…

Thanks for the review… I noticed people (person) were giving you some “mild-flak” about song name/titles/authors… I love to read reviews for the very fact that they are a singular experience from a show. I have read countless reviews and concert chrons in which I remember the banter and song order quite differently. Anyway, your experience is well told and after reading it I feel like I was there… thanks.

Isaac

Doctor Robert August 29, 2009 at 12:52 am

I’ve read a number of reviews from this Eddie tour. Question: Do you guys need to hany help from an editor to point out all of the typos, mispellings, and flat our grammatical mistakes written? Seriosuly, it is like reading through a 1st graders essay here. Great reviews, but will it kill you to read them twice and make corrections?

If you guys at this Site need any help, please let me know.

Doctor Robert August 29, 2009 at 12:54 am

I know, I made a few mistakes in above post, not the point… ;)

Doctor Robert August 29, 2009 at 12:59 am

HAHA, jk keep up the good work…..

John Reynolds August 29, 2009 at 8:16 am

Thunks Doctor Robert four teh fuedback. we’ll tray are buest next toime

Stacy September 3, 2009 at 9:55 am

Who cares about typing mistakes?! This is all about Eddie & Pearl Jam! That’s our main concern as far as fans!! Really typing errors are our LAST concern! Who cares?! Maybe us Super Fans are talking in secret PJ code!! Hmmmmm?!?!

Петр October 17, 2009 at 12:14 am

Хорошая статья, как и все предыдущие. Буду теперь и дальше следитьза вашим блогом.

MEPTBEЦ December 11, 2009 at 4:52 pm

Немного провакационный пост. Поэтому такие и комменты :)

Cowhide Rug December 25, 2009 at 5:04 am

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Ryan June 8, 2010 at 2:10 am

there’s 2 shows missing here from 2008. I know it’s already well known about the Into the Wild screenings at Kenyon Hall in February?? ’08 given the Vietnam vet style poster. It was later revealed at these screenings to be Ed performing solo…w/ Coronas :)

Anyone know the setlists?

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