Tag Archives: global citizens festival

Watch Pearl Jam’s Full Global Citizens Festival Performance

Pearl Jam were the headlining act from the 2015 Global Citizens Festival on Saturday. You can view their full set below!












Alternative Nation reporter Jeff Gorra had the chance to attend the 2015 United Citizen’s festival. The following is his review:

“Feel the sky blanket you, with gems and rhinestones. See the path cut by the moon, for you to walk on.” — Eddie Vedder (“Unthought Known”)

About halfway through Pearl Jam’s headlining set of Saturday’s Global Citizens festival, Eddie Vedder tells a story about writing Backspacer’s “Unthought Known” in New York City. “I really should have been asleep, but the light of the sky overlooking this park we are in right now, was just too good to pass up,” says Vedder.

A perfect day for a festival, it seemed that song, and the moments surrounding it, served as the emotional foundation for the entire day. 60,000 people jammed into New York City’s Great Lawn – Central Park. What makes this festival different is that the crowd had to participate in the activism before the actual show. It’s the only way you have a chance to get in (without shelling out huge money for VIP). With that, the artists and celebrity speakers showed great appreciation for all that was done before a single note was played.

Coldplay kicked off the show at 4pm and got the crowd moving with a jumpy “Every Tear Drop is a Waterfall.” They continued on their path to get the juices flowing with an uptempo set and a few surprises mixed in – including Ariana Grande joining Chris Martin on stage for an acoustic performance and a new song entitled “Amazing Day” to close their set.

Next up was English singer-songwriter, Ed Sheeran. If you only know Sheeran by his radio songs, go see him live. He performed his entire set solo with simply a guitar and his loop pedals. If you miss one note or are off beat by a split second when using loop pedals, you have then ruined your entire song. Sheeran was flawless, incredibly entertaining and is remarkably talented. The highlight of his set being – Chris Martin joining him (on piano) for a rendition of “Thinking Out Loud.”

The night certainly had its run of collaborations including Sting joining Common on stage 2 before Beyonce’s performance, who many were there to see. Beyonce had a strong message to deliver throughout her set that fit the theme of the festival and organization. Sheeran would join her mid-set for an acoustic performance of “Drunk in Love” (though this festival does not serve alcohol).

The nights hosts’ – Stephan Colbert and Hugh Jackman then returned for their MC finale which included a lineup of CEO’s to lead up the nights headliners, the one and only Pearl Jam.

“Good Evening. I think a toast is in order. Here’s to New York City, here’s to Central Park, here’s to you,” said lead singer Eddie Vedder, before a thunderous “Mind Your Manners” opener. The Seattle rockers came out swinging as “Do the Evolution” and “Given to Fly” followed.

A bit of a shorter set than usual for Pearl Jam, even for a festival, the band did a great job of mixing hit songs in with songs appropriate for the setting and purpose. They carried the torch of gratitude for all Global Citizens does and for what those in attendance had done in order to be apart of festivities. They too kept on the theme of surprises. For one, their encore started with a full band version of John Lennon’s “Imagine,” where Eddie gave a beautiful tribute to Lennon, speaking of how relevant Central Park was to his music and advertising the gathering that will be taking place in the park in honor of Lennon’s would-be – 75th birthday. Though Vedder has played “Imagine” solo numerous times, this was the first time Pearl Jam played a full band version. It was stellar, and got all 60,000 people singing in unison.

Then came perhaps the nights most unique pairing as Vedder welcomed Beyonce to the stage for a duet of “Redemption Song.” It’s not everyday you get to sing with the queen,” said Vedder.

To close the evening, all artists were welcomed on stage for a celebratory “Rockin in the Free World.” During a week where faith and spirituality were ever-present in New York City, Pearl Jam did a perfect job tying it all together with the motives of the concert. Often, their own movement is compared to that of a spiritual journey. How fitting we would find them at the musical helm to unify the masses at the conclusion of it all.

Pearl Jam’s setlist:
Mind Your Manners
Do the Evolution
Given to Fly
Elderly Woman
Lightning Bolt
Daughter
Betterman
Alive
——–
Imagine
Redemption Song (Vedder solo with Beyonce)
Rockin in the Free World

Review: Pearl Jam, Coldplay & Beyonce At Global Citizens Festival

Photo credit: @tysonsadler on Instagram

“Feel the sky blanket you, with gems and rhinestones. See the path cut by the moon, for you to walk on.” — Eddie Vedder (“Unthought Known”)

About halfway through Pearl Jam’s headlining set of Saturday’s Global Citizens festival, Eddie Vedder tells a story about writing Backspacer’s “Unthought Known” in New York City. “About four or five years back, in a room overlooking Central Park, I was still awake at four in the morning. I saw the most beautiful evening sky, the streets were empty, the stars were out. I should have been getting some sleep, but I started scribbling lyrics. There was magic happening in front of me. Then I got to see the sunrise in this beautiful part of this great city,” said Vedder.

A perfect day for a festival, it seemed that song, and the moments surrounding it, could serve as the emotional foundation for the entire day. 60,000 people jammed into New York City’s Great Lawn – Central Park. What makes this festival different is that the crowd had to participate in the activism before the actual show. It’s the only way you have a chance to get in (without shelling out huge money for VIP). With that, the artists and celebrity speakers showed great appreciation for all that was done before a single note was played.

Coldplay kicked off the show at 4pm and got the crowd moving with a jumpy “Every Tear Drop is a Waterfall.” They continued on their path to get the juices flowing with an uptempo set and a few surprises mixed in – including Ariana Grande joining Chris Martin on stage for an acoustic performance of “Just a Little Bit of Your Heart” and a new song entitled “Amazing Day” to close their set.

Next up was English singer-songwriter, Ed Sheeran. If you only know Sheeran by his radio songs, go see him live. He performed his entire set solo with simply a guitar and his loop pedals. If you miss one note or are off beat by a split second when using loop pedals, you have then ruined your entire song. Sheeran was flawless, incredibly entertaining and is remarkably talented. The highlight of his set being – Chris Martin joining him (on piano) for a rendition of “Thinking Out Loud.”

The night certainly had its run of collaborations including Sting joining Common on stage 2 before Beyonce’s performance, who many were there to see. Beyonce had a strong empowerment message to deliver throughout her set that fit the theme of the festival and organization. Sheeran would join her mid-set for an acoustic version of “Drunk in Love” (though this festival does not serve alcohol).

The nights hosts’ – Stephan Colbert and Hugh Jackman then returned for their MC finale which included a lineup of CEO’s to lead up the nights headliners, the one and only Pearl Jam.

“Good Evening. I think a toast is in order. Here’s to New York City, here’s to Central Park, here’s to you,” said lead singer Eddie Vedder, before a thunderous “Mind Your Manners” opener. The Seattle rockers came out swinging as “Do the Evolution” and “Given to Fly” followed.

A bit of a shorter set than usual for Pearl Jam, even for a festival, the band did a great job of mixing hits in with songs appropriate for the setting and purpose. They carried the torch of gratitude for all Global Citizens does and for what those in attendance had done in order to be apart of festivities. They too kept on the theme of surprises. For one, their encore started with a full band version of John Lennon’s “Imagine,” where Eddie gave a beautiful tribute to Lennon, speaking of how relevant Central Park was to his music and advertising the gathering that will be taking place in the park in honor of Lennon’s would-be – 75th birthday. Though Vedder has played “Imagine” solo numerous times, this was the first time Pearl Jam played a full band version. It was stellar, and got all 60,000 people singing in unison.

Then came perhaps the nights most unique pairing as Vedder welcomed Beyonce to the stage for a duet of “Redemption Song.” “It’s not everyday you get to sing with a queen,” said Vedder.

To close the evening, all artists were welcomed on stage for a celebratory “Rockin in the Free World.” During a week where faith and spirituality were ever-present in New York City, Pearl Jam did a perfect job tying it all together with the motives of the concert. Often, their own movement is compared to that of a spiritual journey. How fitting we would find them at the musical helm to unify the masses at the conclusion of it all.

Pearl Jam’s setlist:
Mind Your Manners
Do the Evolution
Given to Fly
Elderly Woman
Lightning Bolt
Daughter
Unthought Known
Betterman
Alive
——–
Imagine
Redemption Song (Vedder solo with Beyonce)
Rockin in the Free World

Watch Eddie Vedder & Beyonce Perform “Redemption Song”

During Pearl Jam’s headlining set at the Global Citizens Festival tonight, Eddie Vedder and Beyonce covered Bob Marley and the Wailers’ “Redemption Song.” Watch video, and read the setlist below. Alternative Nation will have a full review up soon, as our reporter Jeff Gorra was covering the show.

Setlist:
Mind Your Manners
Do the Evolution
Given to Fly
Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town
Lightning Bolt
Daughter (with Hey Ho, Lets Go tag)
Unthought Known
Better Man
Alive
Imagine (John Lennon cover)
Redemption Song (Bob Marley & The Wailers cover) (with Beyoncé)
Rockin’ in the Free World (Neil Young cover)

Mike McCready recently discussed how Pearl Jam pick where they play live in an interview with Alternative Nation.

“How we go about the process is we look at it kind of year to year, and we look at where the offers come from. Business wise, that’s kind of where you have to make the decisions. What we have to do to support our fan club, our management, our families, what we need to make for the year. Then we have the certain places we enjoy going, and we know we’ll do very well at. We’re very grateful that we can go to South America and play to really big crowds down there: 50, to 60, to 70,000 people. It’s a very powerful experience, and exciting. Or we’ll go to Australia and do the same, play in the States, maybe do less than that, but it’s still fun to play here.

We kind of look at a couple of things per year, maybe three legs of a tour, and hitting specific areas like Europe, and maybe the midwest, these are all hypotheticals. In the past we’ve done South America and Canada. We don’t want to be out forever, we have other things we do, but we certainly love it and we want to be out there at times. We all get the itch to be playing music again, and interact with the crowd, and play those songs live, because that’s what we do. But we do talk about it, and have meetings about it and kind of decide what we want to do in the coming year, tentatively. It’s never that mapped out, but then it does get mapped out, if that makes sense.”