The picture is from one minute before the 'movie' begins, the BBC documentary 'Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives'.
Introspective is the first word that pops up in my mind after the concert.
About 15 minutes before the 'official' start of the concert an hour long BBC documentary Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives is shown. The documentary is about E's journey to learn more (or actually to get to know something about) his father Mark Everett the 'inventor' of the Many Worlds theory - an opposing theory (partly) to the Copenhagen theorem proposed by among others Niels Bohr. After a disastreous journey to Copenhagen in 1959 , where his father, in youthful ignorance and arrogance, expected the world (and Niels Bohr) to fall over and support his theory, but was basically ignored. The result of this is his leaving the science world and entering the world of military science and later establishing a private enterprise. A few years before his death (of a heart attack at the age of 51, probably due to too much drinking and smoking (E should take a hint, although he did NOT smoke during the concert or drink for that matter)) he was started to getting acknowledgement as both Science Fiction writers and Hollywood jumped on his theory, also it was the age of the stoned physicists - which also helped. One of the last scenes in the documentary shows E listening to some of his fathers old tapes where he (and we) can hear E (at a tender age) drumming madly away on his drums in the background. If one arrived late and did not see this documentary one lost a bit of the concert as this was a part of the whole experience.
The opening and closing (excluding the obligatory extra numbers) of the concert, with a god-like (or farther-like) voice 'introducing' and 'ending' the concert, had the air of a conceptual concert.
E (or Mark Oliver Everett) had only brought The Chet, so during the concert, except for as far as I remember 2 numbers where E performed alone, they were only 2 musicians on stage. E doing vocals, guitars, piano and drums, and The Chet doing guitars, a saw, vocals and drums. In contrast to his last concert in Vega (Store Vega) in 2005 where he had the standard rock setup and had also included 2 string musicians. 'The Chet', also performed at that concert although he was only known as Chet then.
With only 2 musicians on stage the focus on the lyrics of the songs became so much stronger. The music was, obviously, more minimalistic versions of his songs, not that they neccessarily were so much different as Eels songs in general are relatively minimalistic.
The climax of the concert was, in my opinion, the song Flyswatter, where E started on piano, The Chet on drums. At some point E walks over and without missing a beat replaced The Chet on drums (who then walked over and continued on piano), thereby linking to the end of the documentary (and E really played like an angry young boy with some serious issues, as quoted by my accomplice in attending the concert).
All in all it was a very different concert from the previous in 2005, but in some ways much better as it was a much more personal work by the Eels. But to be honest one probably had to be a fan to appreciate this concert, it was not one for the casual listener and the casual music journalist. If you were interesteed or are already into Es at times introspective musical universe where he is dealing with rather personal issues then this was a concert for you. On the other hand, if you are just a casual hit listener then hopefully you skipped on the concert or maybe you were that single clueless guy who was yelling 'music' several times during the concert (initially I thought it was part of the 'show', but I don't think so in retrospect).
Having bought all Eels albums since and including Beautiful Freak (not the Live album yet though) I still consider Beautiful Freak and Daisies of the Galaxy the highlights. Is E a nice guy? Well, I don't know and frankly I don't care. He is obviously fairly intelligent and has a self ironic and sometimes sarcastic distancing defence, and he could for all I know be a truely great a**hole. But it does not matter, as long as he can create his musically interesting albums and do a concert in my neighbourhood once in a while, at the level of this one and the one in 2005, I will buy the music and I will go to his concerts.