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

Categories: Concert Review

Charming and humorous throughout, his banter didn't take away from his performance. Switching between electric and acoustic guitars, and ukelele, there wasn't a lull at any point. Whether it was playing a hit like "Betterman" or transporting the audience "Into the Wild." Vedder had no issue in holding the room's attention with his iconic vocals.  

The 13-song encore, or rather second set, took the show to a new level with help from opener Once's Glen Hansard (whose mom was in the audience all the way from Ireland!) and surprise guest, the lovely chanteuse Chan Marshall, a.k.a. Cat Power. 

Weaving through solo moments, and a touching, mic-less version of "Sleepless Nights" with Hansard, Vedder and crew did a healthy portion of noteworthy cover tracks including the Beatles' "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away," Springsteen's "Reason to Believe," and Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World" that brought the room to their feet with an eruption of singing and dancing in the aisles. 
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But even after nearly two and a half hours, Vedder wasn't quite ready to bid the night farewell. After going through all the motions of exiting the stage, the curtain came back up to reveal Vedder and Glen Hansard dressed in lab coats, surrounded by cloud-like smoke to perform "Hard Sun." Chan Marshall couldn't stay away either, as she joined the two musicians to help bring the night home. And even then, we couldn't blame Vedder for wanting to call it a night, but he just couldn't stop himself. The crowd of dedicated fans chanted "one more song" and he answered their prayers with a fitting performance of "Tomorrow Night."  

Critic's Notebook

The Crowd: Beards, flannels, drunk idiots who don't know when to shut up, little kids rocking out on their parents shoulders, Glen Hansard's mom, and pro surfer Mark Richards.

Personal Bias:
Eddie Vedder gives me a lady boner.

Random Detail: They handed out playbills. It was a nice touch.
Set List
Throw Your Arms Around Me
Long Road
Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town
Can't Keep
Sleeping By Myself
Without You
Light Today
I Am Mine
Setting Forth
Far Behind
Long Nights

Loud Uke
You've Got to Hide Your Love Away
Reason to Believe
Just Breathe
Good Woman
Tonight You Belong to Me
Sleepless Nights
Falling Slowly
Unthought Known
Rockin' in the Free World

Encore 2
Hard Sun
Tomorrow Night

Location Info


Broward Center for the Performing Arts

201 SW 5th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL

Category: Music

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