Eddie Vedder: The Busiest Man at The Ohana Fest [PHOTOS] REVIEW+PHOTOS: EDDIE VEDDER @ THE OHANA FEST 9/10/17
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Dan Point, CA- Eddie Vedder kept quite busy all three days of Ohana Fest as he managed to play with nearly every artist on the bill; Social Distortion, Simon Townshend, Liam Finn, Jack Johnson and Glen Hansard to name a few. But it was Vedder’s perfect 90-minute set that encapsulated the festival’s true spirit of how music can bring people together.
Unaccompanied but for the appearance of a handful of guests towards the end, he started off the night on the organ playing an emotionally charged new song, unofficially called, “Share The Light.” One part hymnal, one part Eddie at his purest. With no more than a pause he flowed into a beautiful rendition of Fugazi’s “I’m So Tired” which one can surmise was his tribute to the late Chris Cornell. He would later go on to cover Pink Ployd’s “Brain Damage” and George Harrison’s “Isn’t It a Pity.”
Ever the social and political activist Vedder talked about environmental and political issues, humanity and love. At one point he said he was, “upset enough to lose faith in humanity, but everyone out here has restored my faith.” But it wasn’t all serious on stage, he popped champagne and raised a toast to a couple who had met after losing their fathers in 9/11 and were married that very day. And after seeing a mosh pit during Social Distortion’s set the night before he encouraged the crowd to mosh to his next song saying, “It would be the first time anyone’s ever moshed to this song.”
Eddie moved flawlessly from organ to ukulele, mandolin to guitar and played a number of Pearl Jam songs including, “Porch,” “Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town,” “Just Breath,” and “Wishlist.” Towards the end of the night Eddie brought out a cavalcade of artists to join him on stage. He and Simon Townshend covered Townshend’s own, “I’m the Answer.” Liam Finn joined Eddie for “Society,” a Jerry Hannan cover. But the most beautiful collaboration came when Glen Hansard joined him to play, “Falling Slowly” by The Swell Season. Seeing the audience captivated with the performance, it’s easy to see why this song won the Academy Award for Best Song in 2008.
The show ended with Jack Johnson, Glen Hansard, Fiona Apple, and fellow festival curator and pro surfer Kelly Slater, joining Vedder in a cover of Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World.” Eddie Vedder’s last words on stage were perhaps the most profound of the weekend. “You’re the answer. Whatever the question, you’re the answer.”
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— Erin Ryder (@erinRyder13) September 11, 2017