[Support for Eddie Vedder solo tour]
Setlist: Finally, Love Don’t Leave Me Waiting, When Your Mind’s Made Up, Step Out of the Shadows*, Revelate, Fitzcarraldo, McCormack’s Wall/Black River*, This Gift
Notes: During Eddie’s set, Glen plays guitar and sings on ‘Long Nights’, ‘Sleepless Nights’, ‘Society’, ‘Falling Slowly’ and ‘Hard Sun’. Tonight we have a change of scenery to one of the world’s most famous and iconic concert halls at the Sydney Opera House. As a born and bred Melbournian I have in fact never been to a show at the Opera House and I’m very impressed with the venue itself – all the seating in the 2100 capacity concert hall is graded and as a result you have a brilliant view from wherever you are in the room. Glen opens his set with a Frames classic – ‘Finally’ – which I assume has been a request from one of the many Sydney-based Irish folk. Another Frames classic (an acoustic ‘Fitzcarraldo’) also makes an appearance later on – I will take those two thank you very much!! After ‘LDLMW’ Glen tells the crowd that he and Eddie managed to see the very last part of ‘Thunder Road’ at Bruce’s recent Perth show (having slightly cut short their own sets at Eddie’s show to madly race to the venue!) and they have been pontificating about how to deal with their own shows when hungover. They agree that all decisions should be made on a “what would Bruce do?” basis and a little Bruce impersonation from Glen results from that train of thought. The kind people at the Opera House have arranged a piano for Glen and we are treated to ‘Step Out of the Shadows’ and ‘McCormack’s Wall’ with Glen on keys. It’s very interesting to hear ‘Step Out of the Shadows’ with musical accompaniment given that Glen has previously only performed it a capella (both live and on the recent EP) – it’s a very nice tweak to a bare bones song. I am really liking the fruits of Glen’s labour on the piano and hope he’ll step away from the trusty guitar some more in the future. A storming ‘This Gift’ ends the set to rapturous applause. To say Glen’s been embraced by Sydney is somewhat of an understatement and I think he’s managed to encourage more than a few people to return to the Opera House next month for his own solo shows.
[Thanks to Fleur for the setlist and notes.]