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Friday, December 08, 2006

Chills up the spine, chills down the spine

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.

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27 Comments:

At December 08, 2006 4:58 PM, Anonymous groovyf said...

Wow. That just gave me goose bumps. As it dawns on the crowd and they just cheer louder and louder. Incredible.

Thanks for the tune.

 
At December 08, 2006 7:05 PM, Blogger Huntre said...

and you are not going because why???

you need to get there. now.

 
At December 08, 2006 8:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post . Thank you from Maui!

 
At December 08, 2006 11:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

dear god, thanks for this. Why oh why aren't you going?!?!?!? I have to know...

 
At December 09, 2006 8:26 AM, Blogger jeffro said...

very cool...

 
At December 09, 2006 8:41 AM, Blogger SINEDDIE said...

It's ok...sound like MOTHER LOVE BONE a lot!!!
They should go back and redo some of those old MLB demos that never made a MLB record. Like a tribute to Andy.
You do have the coolest posts of tracks out there...

 
At December 09, 2006 12:00 PM, Anonymous Maggie said...

I have a ticket for the show, too, and it's killing me that I'm not going. I was checking airfare as late as last week, but I just couldn't afford it. I heard they rehearsed Rockin' In the Free World last night, so I'm really hoping one of my friends who's going will call me. Granted, it will be about 5 a.m. my time, but it will be worth it!

 
At December 09, 2006 1:07 PM, Blogger Oxypoet said...

Would make a great B-side for the fanclub single. Might be too late though. Thanks for posting it, Heather. Your blog rocks.

 
At December 09, 2006 3:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this was amazing. thank you.

 
At December 09, 2006 6:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful. Both the original and the cover.

 
At December 10, 2006 7:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please post "Oceans" from the Hawaiian show, Heather??

 
At December 10, 2006 12:07 PM, Blogger lbc said...

wow -- that was beautiful. i usually refrain from foisting pearl jam on my friends, but that one needs to be heard.

 
At December 10, 2006 12:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for posting that, I can't think of anyone else who could have sung that as well as Eddie

 
At December 10, 2006 6:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow... ripping off both Pearl Jam and Israel (NOT Izzy) in the same post?

Auwe.

 
At December 10, 2006 7:36 PM, Blogger InMyTree said...

Unreal. Nobody beats PJ. Nobody outdoes Eddie. Fantastic. When the crowd realizes the moment their in, that burst of elation is just unbelievable.

 
At December 10, 2006 11:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just to let you guys know that the original was done by the Makaha Sons of Ni'ihau, which Isreal was apart of. He then re-released it when he went solo. IMO the Makaha Sons version is far superior because of the harmonies.

 
At December 11, 2006 12:44 AM, Anonymous Don said...

This scene was repeated in Aloha Stadium at the U2 concert where Pearl Jam opened. A moment of hush while people were working out in their heads what was going on. Then as the song sunk in evryone gasped and cheered before setling in to mostly singing aling quietly.

I have to say, also being a big 300+ pound haole man, I too was moved deeply to tears. It was so out of the blue. I had honestly never entertained the thought that Pearl Jam knew anything of Hawaiian culture. Just shows me not to assume people don't understand.

I also thought it was rather cool that he played wearing an Eddie Would Go t-shirt.

 
At December 11, 2006 5:31 AM, Blogger heather said...

"Unless you've been living under a very large rock, you've undoubtedly seen bumper stickers emblazoned with the phrase 'Eddie Would Go' and heard of the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau big wave event. But if that's where your knowledge of the famous Hawaiian waterman drops off--read on.

Piecing together interviews from the Aikau family, Eddie's friends and a handful of surfing icons, Stuart Holmes Coleman chronicles the life--and untimely death--of this North Shore legend. The book ranges from tales of Eddie's perilous rescues as a lifeguard at Waimea to the huge parties at the Aikau family home to his accomplishments as a big wave charger. Along the way, the author paints an intriguing picture of the North Shore scene during the 60's and 70's, detailing the growth of the professional surfing tour, the emergence of localism, and historic sessions at Waimea. As readers soon find out though, Eddie's life wasn't all shakas and barrels. Coleman's book dutifully describes both the joy and the tragedies that marked Eddie's life and shaped the quiet, introspective man. It all culminates with the tragic story of the sinking of the voyaging canoe Hokule'a and Eddie's heroic efforts to save his fellow crew members. As the canoe foundered in stormy seas, he decided to paddle his surfboard for help--never to be seen again. "Although the first half of the book reads a bit unsteadily, your patience is rewarded and the book becomes something of a pageturner. Bottom line: Every surfer worth his salt will appreciate 'Eddie Would Go."

--Mark Anders - Surfer Mag (June 04)

 
At December 11, 2006 3:33 PM, Anonymous mihai said...

awesome ! I did a trackback on http://www.musicblog.ro. Thanks !

 
At December 21, 2006 2:21 PM, Blogger Johnny Aloha said...

sorry, that version just doesnt do it for me. some songs just shouldnt be remade or redone by other artists.

 
At December 21, 2006 2:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tried clicking on the link, but it seems to be down. Could you send it to me please? Let me know and I can send you my email address.

 
At December 21, 2006 3:19 PM, Blogger heather said...

anon, mp3 links are active only for a limited time. The boot is for sale on the Pearl Jam website.

 
At January 06, 2007 3:13 PM, Anonymous Francine said...

Ahhhhhh!!!! Can someone else put this song on your blog or something so more people can download it? Or if the person that runs this one can send it to me? This is the only blog I've found that put the song up....

 
At January 06, 2007 3:20 PM, Blogger heather said...

Again, you could BUY the bootleg?

 
At January 10, 2007 1:11 AM, Anonymous V.Brown said...

The True Story of Hawai'i 78.

Read:
http://www.hawaiiseventyeight.com

 
At January 16, 2007 7:29 PM, Blogger heather said...

Thank you so much for that link, V. Brown. Highly recommended reading.

 
At May 17, 2007 8:29 AM, Blogger Bill said...

Thanks for your detailed BLOG regarding the Hawaii '78 song. I am a HUGE PJ fan. They to an extraordinary job of making each show of a little local flavor. I've seen it at every PJ show I've attended.

Cheers from Wisconsin!

 

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