Posted by Kat on the forums.

Eddie Vedder
Jones Hall
Houston, TX
Nov 12, 2012

Show 1

01. Brain Damage-(Waters)
02. Sometimes
03. Can’t Keep
04. Sleeping By Myself
05. Goodbye

(Ed greets the audience. He says it is really great to be in Houston and he will gladly tell the rest of the guys in the band how great it is here. He notes that Pearl Jam has played in Texas 15 times. He says he remembers playing the clubs Unicorn and The Vatican over and over but doesn’t remember the State Fair.)

06. Without You

(Ed recalls the first song he wrote on the Ukulele. He found the ukulele in a drug store and was sitting outside the store waiting for a friend. He was strumming the ukulele when some passersby gave him some change. He thought, “there might be something to this thing..” He also talks about the song a little bit and a “Porno For Pyros” lyric that covers some of the same topic)

07. Soon Forget
08. I Am Mine

(Ed-“This next song is really quite good and very powerful, It is by Chan Marshall also known as Cat Power. It is about, well it is about what would have happened if the woman in ‘Better Man’ had done the right thing.”)

09. Good Woman-(Chan Marshall)
10. Millworker-(Taylor)
11. Setting Forth
12. Guaranteed

(someone in the audience shouts something I couldn’t make out but Ed responds “Don’t fuck with that guy, that is Dr. George Webb, and not only is he master at handling all of these instruments he also invented anthrax.” Ed says if you don’t like mandolin music this might be a good time to go to the bathroom.” He notes how long the rows are in the theater. (the span the entire floor with no aisles). He thanks the audience for keeping the shouting and the camera flashes to a minimum. “I am an old pro and it doesn’t bother me so much but it lets the rest of the audience enjoy the show.”

13. Rise

(Ed invites Glen Hansard out. He compliments Glen’s set and talks about how blown away he was by Glen’s guest singer Moji (sp). “The song after this gets happier but this one…well, it has hope in it. And that is important. If something good comes along grab it because it doesn’t happen too often.”)

14. Long Nights

(a guy in the audience shouts “Where’s your wine Ed?”. Ed says, “well, you know, I quit drinking and I quit smoking….I mean I just made this decision at about 4 pm so we will see how it goes..” He then talks about while it may look easy, it is difficult to concentrate and remember all these songs and he would feel terrible if the people that paid to come to the shows just got drunk and exhausted Eddie. He talks about his wife and the upcoming song as well as a little three year old girl named Eileen, who listens to Pearl Jam and Eddie Vedder when she goes to bed at night. The next song is for Eileen)

15. Picture In A Frame-(Brennan, Waits)

(Ed-”This song isn’t on the list but this is as close as I get to Lubbock and when I first really started paying attention and trying to learn guitar I listened to a lot of Buddy Holly)

16. Everyday-(Buddy Holly, Norman Petty)

(Ed says he has a nephew here tonight that has never seen him play so he asks the audience to sing along with him so he can impress his nephew. He then messes up the song halfway through and as he tries to get back on track he softly sings “oh, Uncle Ed..”)

17. Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town
18. Porch

Encore Break 1

(Ed is back on stage and says, “we have a lot of time left but I feel pretty good. I feel like I could just stop and have a drink. Then I was just talking to someone back stage and they said you played Lubbock on Oct 18, 2000. That is why I gotta quit drinking so I remember stuff like this.” Ed also mentions that he has a sister living here in Houston that he loves very much and wants to play this song for her.)

19. Just Breathe
20. Immortality

(Ed says he is sometimes asked what is his favorite country to play? “Texas!, nah I’m just kidding..” A woman in the audience shouts Pittsburgh, Ed asks her why and more people begin to shout things. He gets them to quiet down by saying, “I think she is going to say something positive about Pittsburgh so let her talk, I really want to hear this.” She asks “isn’t George from Pittsburgh?” (referring to Ed’s tech). Ed responds, “You mean Dr. George Webb? I thought you were gonna say something positive about Pittsburgh? Oh great, now all the guitars will be out of tune and there will be anthrax on the picks. Now go have another drink on me.” He says “it isn’t the topography or the buildings it is the people that makes the place. One place that has great people is Ireland and to show what I mean let’s get Glen Hansard out here again.”)

21. Society w/ Glen Hansard-(Hannan)
22. Sleepless Nights w/ Glen Hansard-(Bryant, Bryant)
23. Falling Slowly w/ Glen Hansard-(Hansard, Irglová)

(Before “Immortality” a person had shouted out “Love Boat Captain”. Ed strummed the chords a few times and said, “interesting. maybe later.” Now he picks up the guitar and tries to play it. He struggles a bit and asks the audience to pick a representative and give him the first line. Once that is accomplished he plays the song)

24. Love Boat Captain
25. The End
26. Arc

Encore Break 2

27. Hard Sun w/ Glen Hansard & Moji (sp)-(Peterson)

Eddie Vedder
Jones Hall
Houston, TX
Nov 13, 2012

Show 2
Set List

01. Waving Palms (played live as intro music behind the curtain. Curtain rises halfway through song to reveal Ed)
02. Can’t Keep
03. Sleeping By Myself

(Ed asks how the audience is doing and then, “can I say something? It kind of reminds me of Chicago with the fire flies and all these little lights. It is the camera flashes. You know when you would capture the fire flies in a jar. That is kind of what I want to do with all these people taking pictures. So, just so everyone can enjoy the show let’s take 30 seconds and I will make all the faces I am going to make and you can take all the pictures you want.” Ed makes a series of faces. He says “Thank You! Good Night!!! Okay, now lets enjoy the rest of the show okay?”)

04. Without You
05. More Than You Know-(Rose, Eliscu, Youmans)
06. Light Today

(Ed says “Those were some quiet ukulele songs and this ukulele is from 1952 and is made by Gibson. It was the first one they put in pick ups and knobs on. I am only going to turn it up to two because to go any louder would break symphony rules….Welcome Houston, you know I spent a few years around here growing up and some of my first memories are from here. Like my mom cutting my hair and watching it blow away in the wind and then feeling this excruciating pain like my legs were on fire. My legs up to my knees were covered in fire ants. It looked like I had living socks. And then my uncle driving me in a car and us getting caught in a (tornado/windstorm?) and my uncle telling me we are going to be okay but I didn’t believe him. And I have been mining those early memories for material for the rest of my life. So thank you Houston for those first memories of pain and terror.”)

07. Loud Uke (new song. Same previous versions)

(Ed compares this song to about a relationship to a car. Talking about the excitement of an new car and a new love, “that new car smell…that new love smell” and how a couple have different tasks to keep the car up. Sometimes the car falls into disrepair and you have to get out and hitchhike.) [very paraphrased]

08. Thumbing My Way
09. You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away-(Lennon, McCartney)

(I did that song because I was asked to do it by Sean Penn for “I Am Sam” and speaking of Sean I am just gonna keep on going into the wild okay?)

10. Setting Forth
11. Far Behind

(The audience starts shouting requests and general noise. Ed says, “I hear ya, I hear ya. I just ain’t listening. I will listen later okay?”)

12. Guaranteed

(a woman in the audience shouts “can I have a guitar pick?” Ed says, “sure, let me use it first then I will give it to you.” He then checks in with the people in the upper balconies. “How are you guys doing up there? Are you as high as you look?”)

13. Rise

(Ed discusses his injury that only allowed him to play guitar for about 90 seconds before his arm went numb. He is happy that people were able to reschedule and come to the show. He hated postponing the show. The other hard phone call to make was to Glen Hansard who was scheduled to open. When Ed called Glen and said the tour was getting pushed back Ed relays Glen’s response in a dodgy Irish accent, “don’t worry about it. Just tell me when you want me and I’ll fucking be there.” So not only is Glen a great musician about a great friend.” -slightly off mic Ed says “terrible, terrible” referring to his accent and promises Glen he will stick to his Bruce (Springsteen) impersonation.)

14. Long Nights

(“I don’t know what to say about this song so I just won’t say anything”. He starts playing the song and continues, “except it is a true story…It really happened. It probably happened a million times…It is probably happening right now…Probably right in this room…I hope not.)

15. Betterman

(Ed claims he isn’t much of a shopper but “around this time of year you go shopping for other people and sometimes when you are shopping you find something for someone that you think looks pretty good and you end wanting to keep it. This next song is like that. It started off as a song about someone else and ended up being about me. I wish it wasn’t still so relevant to me..”)

16. Off He Goes

(George hands Ed a guitar but there appears to be some issue with it so Ed asks for another one. “Yeah, this one is a little happier to be in Texas)

17. Parting Ways

(Ed says someone gave me a great bottle of wine today and I was just reminded of that song “take a bottle down and pass it around”? Well, this bottle ain’t getting passed around, so thank you very much. He also says “since the band (Pearl Jam) hasn’t been here in like ten years I plan on reporting back to them about you so, Mat turn up the lights so we can see a little, so the band came together through disfunction and we wrote a lot about that and it looks like we all turned out pretty good.”)

18. Porch

Encore Break 1

(Ed thanks the audience. He compliments and encourages them on their singing noting that it sounds great in this great room. “It feels a little punk rock to play electric ukulele in a symphony hall and I couldn’t have done it without you. This next song took on a new meaning when somebody else did it. They made a video for it and it is really powerful and gave the song a new meaning. I think he heard about it through his son Lukas but I am really proud to have Willie Nelson and Lukas do a version of it.)

19. Just Breathe

(“I know I have told this story before but every time I place this song I want to do it like Willie does, it isn’t even my song anymore he is just so great he does it like this…” Ed sings ‘Just Breathe’ using Willie Nelson’s style of phrasing and vocals and then goes right into..)

20. Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town

(while vamping on “I Won’t Back Down” says “I want to dedicate this to my favorite person from Houston. He is no longer with us and I hope you know of him. Bill Hicks, and I am going to borrow this from Tom Petty for him.

21. I Won’t Back Down-(Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty)

(Speaking of Houstonians, one I just met last night. I don’t get to play this song unless I meet a woman who can sing it with me. I could do with with Glen but that ends being a sort of ‘Broke Back Mountain’ situation so let’s have her come up her, my new friend Moji.”

22. Tonight You Belong To Me w/ Mojisola Sehidat Abiola-(Rose, David)
23. Society w/ Glen Hansard-(Hannan)

(Ed tells Glen he wants to experiment. He has a new arrangement of the next song. He plays a very fast version of ‘Sleepless Nights’ which causes Glen to laugh. Ed laughingly says “fuck you it’s my show…okay, I have another experiment.”

24. Sleepless Nights w/ Glen-(Bryant, Bryant) [busking style at the edge of the stage. no mics or PA]

(Ed mentions his sister is a Houstonian and he wants to dedicate the next song to his sister, not because of the content but because it is a beautiful song)

25. Falling Slowly w/ Glen-(Hansard, Irglová)
26. Forever Young-(Dylan) Dedicated to Garret(?)

( Ed says the next song was a request by Billy. He wrote the song for a film and played all the instruments himself but to replicate it he would need to bring so many people on tour his tickets would cost $1100 dollars. He would also need a lot more hotel rooms. All for a song he plays about once a tour and is really an experiment so he is going to play an instrumental version off of his tape machine and sing along.)

27. Better Days
28. Rockin’ In The Free World-(Young)

Encore Break 2

29. Hard Sun w/ Glen Hansard & Mojisola Sehidat Abiola
30. Dream A Little Dream-(Kahn, Schwandt, Andree)

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  • Is he one?

    Eddie isn’t god. Sorry. Actually there is no god. But if there was one, it wouldn’t be Eddie.

    He’s great though.

  • Mitch Michaelson

    Decent set. Judging by Kat’s comments he seems to be settling in and becoming a bit more comfortable on this solo tour.

  • Jack Irons

    I feel asleep just reading the setlist… Nevermind having to sit through this snooze fest.

    I love how EV joked about quitting smoking & drinking cause he woulnd’t want people to pay money to hear him drunk & forgetting lyrics. He can’t rememebr the lyrics whe he’s drinking Gatorade… It’s more offensive to pay that type of money to listen to a guy who sounds like Kathleen Turner from the cigarette abuse!!

  • Kelly

    Great atmosphere for the show, and the sound in Jones Hall is incredible. I saw both shows, and the second night was definitely better. Not to knock the first night, but the set list was just so solid, and the crowd was really into it as well. Good times.

  • oach musculation a distance

    “You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.” -Wayne Gretzky, Professional Hockey Player