This has got to be one of the coolest moments from a concert that I’ve ever heard, especially when combined with this background material from Surfline Magazine:
A three hundred-pound plus Hawaiian man was crying and he didn’t care who knew it.
He and thousands of others held their arms over their heads, letting the tears flow, as they sang along to Pearl Jam’s cover version of Izzy Kamakawiwo’ole’s anthem of protest and love, Hawaii ’78.
“Tears would come from each others eyes as they would stop to realize, that our people are in great, great danger now,” emoted Eddie Vedder Saturday night in Honolulu’s Blaisdell Arena.
It was a heavy moment for sure, a perfectly fitting cap to three days of celebration, conservation and consideration for the people of Hawaii, Pearl Jam, Kelly Slater and the North Shore surfing community.
Hawai’i 78 (Israel Kamakawiwo’ole cover) – Pearl Jam
Live in Hawaii 12/2/06.
Listen to the crowd as one by one they slowly realize what he is singing — and TRY not get chills!
Original: Hawai’i 78 – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
You must also read The True Story of Hawai’i 78 – http://www.hawaiiseventyeight.com
The entire three-hour show was completely worth downloading; Vedder also played an extremely rare ukulele tune called “You’re True” that I absolutely adore, and a soaring and apropos version of “Oceans.”
The rest of the article is a warm-fuzzy/good-feelings bit about the secret show Pearl Jam played with surfer Kelly Slater on November 30 in Hawaii as a benefit at the Waimea Valley Audubon Society. Yes, two of you guys did offer me tickets to their closing show with U2 tomorrow night, and (and!) frequent flyer miles to get there. It’s killing me.