GUYS the most exciting thing that has happened to me in the last week is that my family has sorted out some major life plans and it all means….drum roll please…that I get to go to Fenway in August for both shows and I am so happy about it. Pearl Jam retweeted my excitement, so that was sort of exciting too!
In the midst of said life plan organizing, it somehow slipped by me that the spring tour is almost over! Ahh! One more show? How did that happen? What are we going to DO with ourselves?
Toronto got a great show last night, that first encore was extraordinary what with Imagine -> Let Me Sleep -> Comfortably Numb leading it off. Pretty awesome. But the best part was Binaural back to front, and MFC172 was there so you know the video’s awesome. Here’s three from that:
A breakneck Breakerfall intro-ed by Ed with a blabbering about how many shows they’ve played in Toronto (and how many they have yet to play):
Grievance! I feel like they never play this sucker, and it’s so great.
And Rival, which is so awesome, and I will always post.
Quebec City got a pretty fantastic setlist last night. I went to tweet the highlights and literally ran out of characters, so let’s see: started with Of the Girl (always awesome as a slow burner start), Last Exit (thereby lending credence to my #lastexittheory), You Are, Whipping, NAIS, I’m Open (!!), MFC, EV playing the Needle and the Damage Done solo, Thumbing My Way, Wash, Sad, Surrender…. Whoa. That’s a lot of awesome AND they hit a lot of the awesome regulars as well. Really, a pretty thoroughly awesome setlist.
Here’s a pretty solid capture of this EV solo beauty.
And it’s a little wibbly wobbly, but here’s that Wash:
Oh they brought it last night. That first encore in particular was a beauty: EV covering the Beatles, then All or None, Pendulum, Present Tense, Breath (can we get a woohoo for @Letkemann and her crazy awesome 150th show during which she got to sing this song out with EV?), SOLAT and Porch. Sweet mother, I don’t know if I could come up with a better encore, and by all accounts there was all kinds of magic afoot. And our fella MFC172 was there to capture a bunch of it pretty durned well.
They played the Man trilogy! So fun. Here’s Leatherman:
And even though it makes me cringe a little for Mr Vedder’s vocal cords, here’s that Leash.
I’ll pretty much post this one any time they play it: All or None.
And…NOT TO MENTION Cheap trick coming out (early!) for a sweet cover of Surrender.
AND then Sting of all people coming out for a great Driven to Tears (a cover I’ve missed!).
Pretty solid setlist last night, and I get a strong sense that there was some general MSG magic going on though I admit I wasn’t paying as much attention as usual! I will tonight – Avocado’s 10 years old somehow – so I’m guessing they’ve got something special up their sleeve. Avocado has never been a top tier album for me (I know), as it came out when I was moving across continents and had a few other things going on. I never really connected with it. But I’ve had a recent Riot Act renaissance and I’m guessing and Avocado one isn’t far behind.
The setlist last night wasn’t overwhelmingly awesome (I promise I’m not turning into that guy) but they played a ton of great stuff and that special energy seemed to be there. I love that Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns is in such high rotation these days. And any show that gets In Hiding is a treasure. Also, they played the Doobie Brothers, which is super weird, but it coincided perfectly with the arrival on my phone of an alert from the Seattle Police Dept about the May Day protests downtown, and I swear, they played that song in response. The guys sound GREAT.
I get to be super lazy when our man MFC172 is on the case, these are all his typically fantastic videos.
I giggled a bit to see they played Rats:
And a glorious, moving Footsteps: