March 24, 2018 – Lollapalooza, Autódromo de Interlagos, São Paulo, BRA

Show Notes:

Livestreaming on SiriusXM and local television in Brazil, the final night of the South American tour kicks off with a slow-driving Wash. Early Do The Evolution gets the crowd going. Can’t Deny Me includes an intro referencing the youth-led, gun…

Show Notes: 

Livestreaming on SiriusXM and local television in Brazil, the final night of the South American tour kicks off with a slow-driving Wash. Early Do The Evolution gets the crowd going. Can’t Deny Me includes an intro referencing the youth-led, gun control-focused “March For Our Lives” demonstrations. Ed’s subsequent introduction to Even Flow asserts that the only weapon a young person needs in this world is a “fucking guitar, and a big ol’ fucking amp…like Mike McCready.” Speaking in his trademark broken Portuguese, Ed welcomes friend and original Lollapalooza creator Perry Farrell to the stage, serenading him with a “Happy Birthday” singalong, leading into a pounding cover of  Jane’s Addiction’s “Mountain Song,” with Farrell sharing lead vocal duties with Ed. Pulled Up is played for the first time since 1992, brief yet poignant. Ed dedicates Better Man to Stone for his conservationist work in the Amazonian rainforest. Hold On is played for only the 5th time and the first since 2014. Ed introduces his new, Brazilian-made green guitar before Lukin. Short encore after a long main set. A rushed Ledbetter concludes abruptly to meet the local curfew.

Written by: Jeff Benanto


November 14, 2015 – Estádio do Morumbi, São Paulo, BRA

Show Notes:

The band takes the stage less than 24 hours after the terrorist attacks that took place in Paris during an Eagles of Death Metal concert where 89 were killed. Ed is wearing his traditional peace sign shirt, Jeff’s shirt reads…

Show Notes: 

The band takes the stage less than 24 hours after the terrorist attacks that took place in Paris during an Eagles of Death Metal concert where 89 were killed. Ed is wearing his traditional peace sign shirt, Jeff’s shirt reads “Unfuck the World” and there’s a picture of the Eiffel Tower drawn with a sharpie on Matt’s bass drum. They open with a soaring version of Long Road that sets the tone for an emotionally charged evening. Following Of the Girl, Ed addresses the crowd in Portuguese. Although later claiming his Portuguese sounds like “pieces of shit,” his words loosely translate to “love goes out to the people in Paris right now, there is healing we need to do together.” A powerful Love Boat Captain follows, with the lyrics being changed to “lost many friends we’ll never know, just only yesterday.” At the end of the song, the crowd sings along with Ed, repeating “love” back and forth. The crowd does a tremendous job of singing the lead guitar parts on Do the Evolution. Ed remarks on the incredible crowd size, saying if the entire band went into the crowd to shake their hands, it would take a few years to complete the job. During Lightning Bolt, the harsh wind and rain and wind forces the GA area to be evacuated. With the conditions being so poor, the crew gets the band to briefly exit the stage so they can lay tarps over the equipment. Ed makes sure the crowd is okay and blames himself for the incident. Without the rest of the band on stage, Ed calls an audible, picking up an acoustic guitar and playing a version of Elderly Woman with a beautiful intro. As the crowd sings along with every word, the rain dies down enough for the band to come back on stage, with Ed saying “come on Mikey, fix this shit!” before a blistering Even Flow. Come Back is another emotional dedication to the Paris attacks. The rain pours down again during Better Man, but the crowd and band play through it with a strong performance. The RVM jam is short but stellar, Matt leading the way. After the break, Imagine, Sirens and I Am Mine continue the theme of healing. During the intro to Porch, Ed plays a bright green guitar that depicts the Brazilian flag, and then later makes his way into the crowd. The crowd sings the guitar melody at the end of Black, and it’s “We didn’t belong together” tonight, Ed adding in the “hey hey, it’s ok” lyrics from Sonic Youth’s Androgynous Mind. Alive, Rockin’ In The Free World and Yellow Ledbetter seemingly end the night, but after the band leaves the stage, Ed calls them back out for one more song, and they treat the crowd to All Along The Watchtower in a 3rd encore to officially close this emotionally charged evening.