this was only my 2nd eels concert, even though i've been a fan for over 10 years at this point.
the stars didn't align for me to see them until 2011, and this past sunday!
setlist: taken from http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/eels/2013/newport-music-hall-columbus-oh-5bdb17c4.html
Oh Well (Fleetwood Mac)
In My Dreams
On the Ropes
Climbing to the Moon
Trouble with Dreams
The Sound of Fear
Itchycoo Park (Small Faces)
Souljacker pt. 1
Brave Little Soldier
My Beloved Monster / Mr. E's Beautiful Blues
Open My Present
the 3rd encore happened after the house lights came on, and most people left. i was not present, because i was tired and wanted to go home. i found out about the encore by searching "eels" on twitter that night to find better photographs than i was able to take with my old cell phone. someone tweeted something to the effect of "eels are doing another encore after the house lights went up and most people left. this is great". i felt like an idiot for leaving - if you're seeing them this tour, stay after the house lights come up.
so we heard at least one song from every eels album but end times and tomorrow morning. would've been nice to hear even a song from those, but i heard "climbing to the moon" so everything else was just a bonus. the renewing of 'vows' between chet and E was really funny, if you don't know what i mean you can just look around on youtube.
the thing that was unique about my show was that it was on oscar night, and E said early on in the show (paraphrasing) "i know you all must really like us, because you're here on oscar night. we're from the hollywood area and this is like their christmas over there. we'll keep giving you oscar updates throughout the night, so don't worry, you can put your phones away, we've got you covered". after every couple of songs, E would take a piece of paper from the sound guy sitting at the side of the stage and read a new 'announcement' from it.
he must have done at least 8-10 of these jokes, but since it's a couple of days later i can only paraphrase about 3 of them. they were actually very funny:
1 - best actor in a leading role: pauly shore in: the army 2: still in the army
2 - best supporting actor: the dog from the artist
3 - ...i honestly forget the set-up to the punchline, but the punchline was "angry birds: the movie" which made me laugh a lot.
my cell phone pictures, not great quality but i liked the image i took of chet and E renewing their 'vows': http://imgur.com/a/2bls9
my recording of 'climbing to the moon': http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyzCaQjA4_M
related thought: it was very jarring going from climbing to the moon immediately into peach blossom.
overall, it was just as great and entertaining of a show as when i saw them in 2011. i wish i could have seen eels prior to the last couple of years, but it's still definitely worth going. then again i'm talking to people on the only active eels message board, so i think i'm preaching to the choir (or do we all hate him again, i didn't get the last memo).