Kurt Vile Joins John Prine In Philadelphia

By Andy Kahn Apr 17, 2018 7:08 am PDT

Singer-songwriter John Prine brought his recently initiated tour in support of his new album The Tree Of Forgiveness to the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia. Locally-based guitarist Kurt Vile was also on the bill Saturday night and sat-in with the renowned singer-songwriter during Prine’s headlining set.

Prine and his band opened their performance with “Six O’Clock New” from the 71-year-old guitarist’s 1971 self-titled debut. Next came The Tree Of Forgiveness single “Knockin’ on Your Screen Door” followed by longtime favorites “Bruised Orange (Chain of Sorrow)” and “Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You Into Heaven Anymore.”

Prine set also featured The Tree Of Forgiveness songs “God Only Knows,” “Summer’s End,” “When I Get to Heaven” and others. The show also included classics such as “Hello In There” and “Angel From Montgomery. Prine went solo for a performance of “Souvenirs” and The Tree Of Forgiveness track “Lonesome Friends of Science” before Vile emerged for a duet on “Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness.” Vile stuck around for “Sam Stone” that saw the rest of the band return for its conclusion.

The encore Saturday evening was Prine’s beloved “Paradise” that saw Vile return to the stage along with Prine’s wife Fiona Prine. Watch audience shot video of the collaborations in Philly captured by KurtPolly505 below:

[Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness / Sam Stone]



John Prine at Merriam Theater

  • Six O'Clock News
  • Knockin' on Your Screen Door
  • Bruised Orange (Chain of Sorrow)
  • Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore
  • Caravan of Fools
  • Egg & Daughter Nite, Lincoln Nebraska, 1967 (Crazy Bone)
  • Grandpa Was a Carpenter  
  • Hello in There
  • Boundless Love
  • Summer's End
  • I Have Met My Love Today
  • Angel From Montgomery
  • Souvenirs  
  • Lonesome Friends of Science  
  • Speed of the Sound of Loneliness  
  • Sam Stone  
  • God Only Knows
  • Lake Marie
  • When I Get to Heaven
  • Paradise
  • Unknown Song
  • Kurt Vile

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