Eddie Vedder Scales Back At NYC Solo Show
Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder relied on little more than his voice and guitar last night (Aug. 4) during the third show of his summer solo tour at New York's United Palace Theatre, offering a 28-song set fPearl Jam's Eddie Vedder relied on little more than his voice and guitar last night (Aug. 4) during the third show of his summer solo tour at New York's United Palace Theatre, offering a 28-song set filled with obscure Pearl Jam songs, covers and material from his "Into the Wild" soundtrack.
Early on, the artist showed his appreciation for the attentive (and non-shouting audience), joking, "We left all the a**holes behind in Boston," where the tour began on Friday. He also admitted he was suffering a bit of a "cold turkey headache" from pain medication he'd been taking for a recent ailment.
But that didn't dampen the show, which found Vedder alternating between electric and acoustic guitar, mandolin and ukulele. A number of Pearl Jam songs that don't work as well as loud rock performances found new life in this scaled-down environment, including "Dead Man," "Drifting" and "Man of the Hour," while covers of Daniel Johnston's "Walking the Cow," James Taylor's "Millworker" and Cat Stevens' "Trouble" reinforced the intimate vibe.
There was plenty of time for audience participation though, particularly on Pete Townshend's "Let Me Love Open the Door," the Beatles' "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away," Pearl Jam's "Porch" and "No More," dedicated to injured Iraq War vet Tomas Young.
Vedder also played a snippet of the title song from the comedy "Walk Hard," in a nod to the film's director Judd Apatow and co-star Paul Rudd, who were in the audience, and sized up the incongruous plastic tubing running across the top of the soon-to-be-renovated theatre: "It's like your looking at an oil painting of Lincoln but he's wearing a baseball cap."
Opening act Liam Finn joined Vedder for two songs from "Into the Wild," the bittersweet "Society" and a full rock version of "Hard Sun," with guest vocals by Eliza-Jane Barnes.
Vedder's tour continues through Aug. 22 in Chicago. Before the end of the year, Pearl Jam is hoping to return to the studio to continue work on its next studio album with producer Brendan O'Brien.