[Support for Eddie Vedder solo tour]
Poster by MUNKONE
Setlist: New Song (None But I?), Revelate, Love Don’t Leave Me Waiting, Broken-Hearted Hoover Fixer Sucker Guy, When Your Mind’s Made Up, Pennies in the Fountain, Bird of Sorrow, Her Mercy, This Gift
Notes: During Eddie’s set, Glen plays guitar and sings on ‘Sleepless Nights’, ‘Falling Slowly’ and ‘Hard Sun’. The State Theatre was built in 1929 in downtown Sydney and is filled with chandeliers and red velvet seats – it is well suited to a couple of nights in close quarters with the Bromance Boys (aka Glen & Eddie). Glen’s set runs for almost 50 minutes tonight and starts with a brand new song he’s never played before- I’ve called it ‘None But I’ (but I stand to be corrected when the title is confirmed). The lyrics to this new tune pose numerous questions which appear to be directed both internally and externally and act as an exercise in self-examination. A request from the audience for the Hoover man song is made and Glen says he’ll play it if the woman can correctly name it. He of course obliges anyway and it is met with a huge response from the crowd. Glen notes that the best response in his set so far is for a song that took him the same amount of time to write as it does to sing! ‘Pennies in the Fountain’ is another audience request and the misheard “panties” lyric story from the US tour is told and leads to Glen claiming he’d never say the word “panties” unless he was half a bottle of wine down….. in the bath….. by himself – ahem – he then jokes that he doesn’t wear panties and that he’s going commando tonight and gives a little shimmy for effect – oh jeysus!! Glen gets bit audacious with the Australia audience by stating that he finds the Australian accent somewhat difficult to get to grips with (yeah that’s right the Irishman is having a dip at OUR accent!!). The hosties on his flight over offering glasses of sharrrrdinaay (Chardonnay) and sheeraz (Shiraz) lead Glen to believe that the Australians should call those particular wines something else – it’s cheeky but all in good fun! Earlier in his set Glen promised that he would relay the story of how he met Ed – we get to the end of his set and he still hasn’t done so – he can either tell the story or play a full song – the crowd asks for the story and are given a touching account of the tragic circumstances that brought Glen & Ed together AND a very shortened version of ‘This Gift’. Glen is met with a standing ovation from those in attendance when he departs the stage.
[Thanks to Fleur for the setlist and notes.]