Ed and Mike open up the second day of the Tibetan Freedom Concert, much to everyone’s surprise, with acoustic versions of the “new” ‘Corduroy,’ ‘Yellow Ledbetter’ and an unusual, slow version of ‘RitFW,’ with modified lyrics. (“Styrofoam and garbage for the ozone layer” changed to “if it’s made in China, it could be prison labor.” Ed interrupts ‘RitFW’ in the middle with a request for $5, which is met with a $20 donation. He then asks for that the crowd sign the petitions circulating for the Tibet cause. (In fact, Ed has been encouraging signatures among attendees both days of the show.) Later, Ed and Mike return to the stage to perform ‘Long Road,’ with Michael Stipe (with Ed on vocals), Mike Mills (with Mike McCready on guitar) and Tony Shananan (from Patti Smith’s band on bass). Ed departs after ‘Long Road’ and Mike continues for ‘Ghost Rider’ (Suicide) and ‘The Passenger’ (Iggy Pop), with Beastie Boys’ Mike Diamond sitting in on drums. What a treat!
Notes provided by: Twofeetthick
Eddie Vedder and Mike McCready
June 8, 1997
Downing Stadium: Randall’s Island – Tibetan Freedom Concert:
New York City, NY
Source: SBD > Beta-SP video master > Sony TCD-D8 > DAT > CD-R
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02 Yellow Ledbetter
03 Rockin’ in the Free World
04 Long Road (Michael Stipe and Mike Mills bring Eddie/Mike to accompany them)
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