So while PJ was at TIFF, Ed did a little sideline at a private benefit for Artists for Peace and Justice, and randomly, sang some songs with Régine and Owen from the ever fabulous and amazing Arcade Fire. Here’s Springsteen’s “My City of Ruins” [sidebar: why isn’t Bruce touring the Pacific NW?]; Régine and Owen come in late (at 3:52), and then there’s mic troubles, but it’s still pretty great. Though the “crowd” needs a smack upside the head.
Ed also helped out on guitar for Arcade Fire’s “Haiti.” This is not my favorite thing, though I love Arcade Fire.
Ed also did Cat Stevens’ “Trouble”, though this video isn’t that great:
There was lots of fun stuff surrounding PJ20 at the Toronto International Film Festival. Here are two highlights:
Cameron Crowe introduces the band at the world premiere of the movie….and he forgets Mike at 1:29! Hilarity ensues, and then Mike walks out like he owns the place. As well he should.
At a Q&A with PJ20 awesome people Morgan, Kevin, and Chris, Ed makes a surprise appearance at 2:00. “How do we follow that?”
Steve Cropper (the guitarist who co-wrote this song, though Otis Redding made it famous) was there to help them out with this excellent cover. His whistling at the end is particularly impressive.
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Awesome. Totally crazy that this video exists – and it’s good quality. The audio is fantastic.
Ed and Jeff played a set at the Dead Man Walking concert in 1998, and the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s nephew, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, joined them. For a full summary, and a nice set of chills, there’s this archived review from fivehorizons.com. [Sidebar: I still miss those guys. High five if you remember “Song X”].
The Dead Man Walking soundtrack is one of my favorite albums of all time. I have a tattered old copy of the Rolling Stone review, by Lorraine Ali, in one of my journals, where she wrote:
Over droning harmonium and rhythmic tablas, Khan’s cries pierce the heavens as Vedder responds with low, guttural mumbles that search the recesses of mortal strength. Their uplifting harmonies fly like the freed human spirit over a gruesome and cruel scene here on earth. This song [“Face of Love”] is unparalleled in its pure expression of raw spirituality, and it is also the best thing that Vedder has ever done.
Strong words. Here’s a taste.
Happy Monday! Here’s a super great video of this Dead Boys cover from early days, with great shots of the whole band. This was from the second show of the ’93 tour.
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