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From Seattle to the Lee – Vedder stuns the Marquee

Monday, 12th June, 2017 3:01pm

J.J. Lee

Grunge legend Eddie Vedder played a spine tingling, two and a half hour long set last night at Cork's Marquee.

The Seattle native last visited the Rebel county in October of 1996, playing at the Millstreet Arena with his Pearl Jam bandmates and fans were understandably elated at the announcement of his 2017 headline show, with tickets selling out in just 15 minutes.

Support on the night was provided by Glen Hansard who has struck up a close friendship with Vedder.

Draped in a signature flannel shirt, Vedder humbly graced the stage at 8.45 sharp to a chorus of cheers and duly launched into Pearl Jam classic 'Better Man' to the delight of the crowd.

The two and a half hour set was rather eclectically comprised of Vedder solo material, Pearl Jam classics and a number of exquisite covers including Pink Floyd’s 'Comfortably Numb' and a ukulele rendition of The Clash anthem 'Should I Stay or Should I Go'.

The show was filled with notable moments, one of which was the Cork crowd singing 'Happy Birthday' for Vedder’s daughter, Olivia, who turned 13 on the night.

In the latter stages of the night, the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer's stunning vocal range came to the fore as he and Red Limo String Quartet produced a hair-raising rendition of the Pearl Jam staple, 'Black'.

Eddie was then joined on stage by Glen Hansard for an exceptional version of Hansard’s track 'Falling Slowly' from the film ‘Once’ followed by a cover of 'The Auld Triangle' during which Vedder and Hansard were presented with two pints of Guinness.

The singer-songwriter closed the show with Neil Young's 'Keep On Rockin' In The Free World' and signature track 'Hard Sun'. Sporting a red People's Republic of Cork t-shirt, Vedder duly received a standing ovation from the 5,000 strong crowd at the Docklands.

One man and his guitar, a powerful performance from an icon of the industry, hopefully we won’t have to endure another 20 years of waiting before welcoming Eddie down south again.  

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