Eddie Vedder - Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale - November 30

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Photo by Monica McGivern

"It's my tenth time playing in your neck of the woods. I've got a lot of memories, but I wanna make some new ones." said Eddie Vedder to the sold out crowd inside Fort Lauderdale's Broward Center for the Performing Arts. And that is just what the 47-year old musician did, breaking down the barriers between himself and the room, sharing stories, laughing with the audience, and of course playing his ukulele. The feeling of being just one in an a packed theater of 2000-plus attendees quickly disappeared.

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- Photos: Eddie Vedder at the Broward Center for Performing Arts

Dressed in his Seattle best, the usually seemingly guarded Pearl Jam frontman appeared to have a more inviting and carefree attitude. With a backdrop of brick apartments behind him, and surrounded by an eclectic mix of items including a reel-to-reel tape machine, a sticker-covered DIY drum, and an arsenal of guitars, intimacy was the vibe of the evening.

Vedder didn't hesitate to kick things off with electric energy, driving away any preconceived notion that he'd just be strumming away on a uke all night. With his electric Fender guitar, Vedder opened the show with "Throw Your Arms Around Me" by Hunters and Collectors, before going into a trio of Pearl Jam's earlier tracks, "Sometimes", "Long Road", and "Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town." Not a person in the room was silent, marking the first of many sing-alongs that would happen throughout the evening.

"This is the first ever speed thrash metal ukelele song," he said. 

And Eddie wasn't joking. If anyone could enthrall an audience with a tiny guitar, it's him. Starting the "ukelele" portion of the night with "Can't Keep," followed by "Sleeping by Myself" and "Without Out," the grunge-rocker proved he could stand strongly on his own as a solo act. 

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Broward Center for the Performing Arts

201 SW 5th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL

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