Pearl Jam frontman, Eddie Vedder, played his first ever solo shows this week in Manchester and London, effortlessly and emotionally showing what a tremendous artist he is with high quality two-hour plus sets nightly. He showcased ‘Ukulele Songs’, a couple of Pearl Jam classics, covered Dylan, Springsteen, Townshend, and made the Hammersmith Apollo feel like his living room. Special guest Glen Hansard joined Ed for a stunning, a cappella version of the Bryants’ classic ‘Sleepless Nights’.
On Tuesday night Eddie paid tribute to The Who by having the Quadrophenia vinyl onstage, and talked about how he couldn’t wait to play the venue as the photo was in Quadrophenia. He did a killer version of ‘I’m The One’ before Roger Daltrey joined him for ‘Naked Eye’ and ‘Blue, Red, + Grey’. Neil Finn joined in for a wonderful ‘So You Want To Be A Rock ‘n’ Roll Star’ final encore. 4* reviews from the FT, Times and Guardian did justice to a truly memorable set of shows.
Short Film: Ukulele Songs
For those that couldn’t make it enjoy this short film by Danny Clinch for Ukulele Songs: