Eddie Vedder’s Earthlings Tour makes triumphant debut at The Beacon [Videos]
Eddie Vedder opened its nine show The Terran Tour Thursday at the famous New York City beacon theater. With all the fanfare and excitement befitting of one of the world’s most recognizable rock icons, there was a lot of buzz for these shows, especially ahead of Eddie’s third solo album, earthlingwhich is due out on February 11 via seattle surfing/Archives of the Republic. It comes over a decade since Vedder’s second solo release, in 2011 ukulele songsprecipitated by his solo debut with the In nature soundtrack in 2007.
A private rehearsal show at The Capitol Theater in Portchester, NY notwithstanding, this marked Mr. Vedder’s first show in New York since pearl jam was inducted into Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame in Brooklyn in April 2017 and a real Madison Square Garden twofer in April 2016 before that. Last night also marked the first public indoor performance for the iconic frontman of Pearl Jam since pre-COVID (July 17, 2018 at the O2 Arena in London, England).
As he will for the duration of the tour, Glen Hansard, one of the most endearing and authentic musicians you will ever see, performed the opening set. From the first notes, Glen defined the term “all-in”, bringing to life the personal charm and warmth that characterizes his Irish brogue. With a rare ability to transport his listeners to another time and place, Glen always takes his audience for a ride and it’s usually in the back room of a small Irish pub.
The set was highlighted by a catchy rendition of “Falling Slowly,” the Oscar-winning song he wrote, composed and performed with Marketa Irglova For the movie Once. Striving to make the room smaller and closer to his audience, towards the end of his set, Glen literally freed himself from the wire that tied his acoustic guitar and the microphones amplifying his voice, ending his set on his feet. on a stage monitor, acoustic guitar in hand, singing and playing on a sold-out Beacon without amplification.
The stage was sparsely ornate: billowing white curtains flowing behind a drum riser and twin models dressed in A-line midi skirts with matching blouses adorned with 50s cocktail waitresses, with garish headgear with a fan of twenty or more pins shaped in the manner of a peacock’s tail. As the crowd was left to ponder the meaning (or lack thereof) of the stage setup, the AP filled the airwaves with a ’70s lounge singer singing “I’m on my way.”
Being in New York, the semi-obvious first thoughts went to Frank Sinatra although I soon realized it was the voice of Edward Louis Severson, Jr., the father of Eddie Vedder, now deceased for over 40 years but joining us from beyond the grave with the same double cameo in Earthling’s latest track, “On My Way”. For those who are now in the know, prepare to be shaken up in the best way by this most haunting and poignant moment.
Eddie Vedder and his new backing band Earth people were greeted with thunderous applause as they made their way to the stage in the guise of this most nostalgic and evocative track. The group started with a trio of covers: REM“Drive” by (published by Vedder on the flag day soundtrack last summer), “Room At The Top”, a deep cut of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakersand The Beatles‘ ‘Behold the sun’.
With the band and audience now suitably warmed up, Eddie Vedder would begin showcasing his new material as the set’s final 14 songs would include ten of the as-yet-unreleased 13 tracks. earthling and two each flag day and Pearl Jam. The crowd kept warm as “The Haves” comfortably debuted, one of three new tracks that the general public got to sample as one of the earthlingThe lead singles from , playing great as a heartfelt teardrop as Eddie crooned under a spotlight at the edge of the stage with his all-star band lined up behind him: Andrew Watt (guitar), Josh Klinghofer (guitar, formerly Red Hot Chili Peppers), Glen Hansard (guitar), Chris Chaney (bass, Jane’s Addiction), and Chad Smith (drums, Red Hot Chili Peppers). The Vedder/Hansard writes “I’ll Be Waiting” followed.
“Invincible” was the first song of the night that anyone without press credentials heard for the first time and it was widely approved as many fans even managed to sing along at the end of the song, the David Byrne-esque rocker feeling very much the logical continuation of Vedder’s songwriting on the heels of Pearl Jam’s newest gigaton. “The Dark,” “Power Of Right,” and “Fallout Today” similarly debuted, showcasing Earthlings prowess while letting fans know that thematically earthling is halfway between Pearl Jam’s alternative rock and Vedder’s Americana singer-songwriter.
earthlingThe first single from “Long Way” was extremely well received and notably more impactful live than in the studio, as is often the case. Another duet with Hansard followed with flag dayThe second selection from, “Tender Mercies”. As Eddie would then inform the crowd, two albums were released on the same day 25 years from now: david bowieit is earthling and Pearl Jam’s Yield. Admitting that the title of the album was some kind of coincidence realized too late and with no desire to eclipse or surpass Mr. Bowie, Eddie et. Al. then honored Yield with a reading of “Wishlist”, hitting all the good feelings even amidst all the bad lyrics.
Always the storyteller, the next song in the queue launched Eddie on the subject of suicide and depression as he prepared the band for earthlingthe third and final single from “Brother The Cloud”. A story of loss and nostalgia, and perhaps an obvious reference to the climbing death of Eddie’s half-brother Chris Müller in 2016, this reading felt more like an ode to the fallen musical brother Chris Cornelllost by suicide in 2017, especially as Eddie slammed his mic stand and shouted the overall sentiment of the song in the face of such a senseless loss, “Fuck you!”
With heartfelt appreciation, Eddie thanked the inimitable Chad Smith on drums for Ringo Star which has the album credits set to the Beatles tune “Mrs. Mills”, one of the album’s lightest tracks. A second kind of replacement would follow, as a famous rock photographer and local musician from New York Danny Clinch would fill Stevie WonderThe cameo of the harmonica during a reading of “Try”.
A short drum solo led to penultimate “Rose Of Jericho,” another little banger that gave way to Pearl Jam favorite “Porch.” Although decidedly different in feel with a different band behind him – and with lyrical precision still to match – Eddie and company sent the legendary Beacon into a dizzying state as Watt continued to impress with his guitar prowess. .
With the first part of the evening now behind us, a short break gave way to a five-song encore which began with a cover of the suitors‘ “Precious”. Perhaps my favorite moment of the evening would follow, as I sat a few places away from Mrs. Eddie Vedder and was able to share her joy as she smiled, danced and sang along to some of the most recognizable lyrics. of Pearl Jam…can’t find a better man! “Better Man” continues with Patti Smith“People have the power” without a break before the second of the evening george harrison cover, “Isn’t It Too Bad”. Against curfew, the group huddled in a compact but sturdy blanket of Bob Dylan“All along the watchtower”.
Eddie Vedder, the Earthlings and everyone in the room on Thursday were in all their glory as the first show of the tour was powerful and beautiful, a singular mulligan and a few misplaced lyrics having no ill effect. This all-star cast performed together for only the second time last night (fourth if you count two shows at Ohana with slightly different lineup) and you can definitely expect the band to improve each night, as these shows also operate as live rehearsals. Having been one of the few who had the chance to preview earthlingI can say without shame that these songs achieve the full weight of their intent and potential in the live setting.
Eddie Vedder The Terran Tour continues with a second sold-out show at the Beacon Theater tonight, February 4, before touring just five more cities with just seven more shows, culminating with a pair of shows in famed Seattle. Benaroya Room. For tickets and a full list of tour dates, click here. Check out some videos taken by Eddie Vedder fans at the Beacon Theater courtesy of Michael Weinbaum.
set list: Eddie Vedder | Beacon Theater | New York, NY | 02/03/22
Set: Drive (REM), Room at the Top (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), Here Comes the Sun (The Beatles), The Haves, I’ll Be Waiting, Invincible, The Dark, Power of Right, Fallout Today, Long Way, Tender Mercies, Wishlist, Brother the Cloud, Mrs. Mills, Try, Rose of Jericho, Porch
Again: Precious (Pretenders), Better Man > People Have the Power (Patti Smith), Isn’t it a shame (George Harrison), All Along the Watchtower (Bob Dylan)