- 04 Jul 19
For four hours, on a balmy summer’s evening in Dublin, a sold out 3Arena is introduced to what may as well be titled ‘Ed & Glen’s Excellent Adventure’.
Throughout the performance the packed-to-capacity audience is treated to slide-shows, tales of warmhearted bonhomie and a trip to Glen’s adopted hometown of Celbridge; the customary knees-up to Luke Kelly’s ’The Auld Triangle’, and surprise appearances from friends both young and old.
It appears that the Pearl Jam frontman and our own Glen Hansard have developed quite the bromance over the past few years. It makes sense. They’re both the charismatic frontmen of beloved alternative rock bands, they’ve both launched successful solo endeavours in the wake of award-winning soundtrack work, and both would look at you askance if you were ever to suggest that they should give anything less than 200% to every audience they step in front of.
When in need of a rousing support act for his solo tours, Hansard has long been Eddie’s go-to man. He popped up at Pearl Jam’s 20th anniversary celebrations in 2011, most notably duetting with Vedder on ‘Falling Slowly’ and singing back up with super-group Temple Of The Dog – fronted by the late-great Chris Cornell – and has been with Vedder ever since. This evening he amiably serves as a Jack-of-all-trades; backing Vedder on guitar, piano, tambourine and vocals.