Ed opened the Ottawa show at 7:30 sharp with a solo rendering of "Last Kiss." Despite the fact that the place was perhaps 15% full this was greeted with a great roar. "Part of my job is to introduce the show," Ed explained before he started, playing a shiny black Rickenbacker. After "Even Flow", Ed noted he was glad Canadians are keeping their social values more or less intact, but asked if they could stand a little criticism. Goading the audience with a long lead-in, Ed talked at length about how the band - and the crew, in particular - were getting a little jumpy from ... the condition of the roads here in Canada! This drew a big laugh. He suggested that the roads are constructed in ten-foot chunks, so that driving was like riding in a train: ka-chunk ka-chunk ka-chunk; it's at the point on the tour now where members of the road crew are wandering around nodding their heads "no" as a result of inexorably long distances between gigs. Ed went on to suggest that perhaps an American firm named Haliburton (prompting wide booing from the crowd) could be contracted to fix the problem. But then he added that, on second thought, Haliburton wouldn't be available to do the work because they're otherwise occupied in New Orleans.
Set: Wash, Go, Hail Hail, Animal, Brain of J, Corduroy, Immortality, In Hiding, Don't Gimme No Lip, Even Flow, Green Disease, Insignificance, I Got Shit, Jeremy, Black, Better Man/(Save It For Later), Rearviewmirror
Encore 1: Bee Girl, I Believe In Miracles, Sleight Of Hand, Elderly Woman..., Crazy Mary, Alive
Encore 2: Given To Fly, Not For You/(Modern Girl), Daughter, Harvest Moon, Leaving Here, Rockin' in the Free World, Yellow Ledbetter