Eddie Vedder Shaves Goatee

PearlJamOnline is reporting that Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder has shaved his goatee, and debut his new clean shaven look at Safeco Field in Seattle.


Pearl Jam and the band’s manager Kelly Curtis have pledged a donation of $125,000 to The United Way of Genesee County to aid in the support of Flint, Michigan residents during the area’s current water crisis.

A close group of the band’s friends and partners including Glaser Progress Foundation, Live Nation, Brandi Carlile’s Looking Out Foundation, Republic Records, Ticketmaster, Universal Music Publishing Group and William Morris Endeavor Entertainment kindly came in with an additional donation of $175,000.

This joint donation kicks off a CrowdRise fundraiser in hopes of making an even larger impact.

Funds will be donated to The United Way of Genesee County’s Flint Water Fund, which serves both the immediate and long-term needs of the community.

“This is an incredible gift for the people of Flint, one that will help address our immediate needs in the community and long-term needs that will be addressed by the Flint Child Health and Development Fund,” said Jamie Gaskin, CEO of the United Way of Genesee County.

Monetary donations will first be used for the purchase of water filters, bottled water, emergency support services and prevention efforts in Flint, Michigan. After the short-term need of Flint residents has been met, any remaining funds will be directed to the Flint Child Health and Development Fund. This fund will provide aid to children and families with interventions that support positive health outcomes.

One hundred percent of donated funds are used for Flint community projects and no administrative fee is assessed.


Pearl Jam and friends encourage all fans and supporters to join them in donating what they can online at www.crowdrise.com/pearljam.

Checks can be mailed to:

United Way of Genesee County
111 E Court Street, Suite 3A
Flint, MI 48502
ATTN: Flint Water Fund

  • Raj

    How and why is this even a story? At least he’s kept the soul patch.

    • Billy

      He probably nicked the shit out of one side and then kept butchering it
      trying to even it out while shaving. Been there, done that lol

      • Grammatical Erorr

        LOL absolutely!

    • Alternative Nation

      The hair/haircut stories get a lot of hits.

      • Felonious Punk

        …of people bitching about how and why it’s a news story, mostly.

        • Alternative Nation

          Much better than stories people don’t care enough to click on.

          • Felonious Punk

            Apparently anything I comment on is a big hit with the droves of lurkers who populate AN.

            So just say the word and I’ll comment on every news article and solve any “no click article” problems..

          • Alternative Nation

            If you could find a way to turn every comment section into ‘Kurt was murdered vs. he wasn’t murdered’ then we might be onto something.

          • Corndog

            Murdered? Guy isn’t even dead;)

          • Felonious Punk

            I *knew* that shit was good for site traffic!

            Now if Corndog would just stop banning all the hilariously bat-shit crazy posters who come here, these debates could be infinitely prolonged..

          • Jimmy Intense

            Seconded. Corndog, please don’t ban the next bat-shit crazy douche so we can see how much rope it takes to hang themselves :p

          • Corndog

            Again, as I just replied to Punky, no one has ever been banned just for talking shit; only for being nasty and rude towards other posters or Brett and only after several warnings.

          • Felonious Punk

            We should make some unofficial banning rules, like if you insult Brett in a non-intelligent way, it’s an automatic ban.

            If you challenge someone to a legit fight offline, you get automatically banned for lameness

            If you spell more than three routine words wrong in a post and it’s obvious you’re not someone who doesn’t employ english as a first language, you get banned for a week.

            If you mention the name “Tommy Black” in a positive light, automatic ban.

            If you’re a lurker and your first post (or first post in a while) is one pertaining to how the site should be run, you get banned for a week.

            If you’re like Chris Cornell’s Anal Mullet or that Elizabeth broad from the Cobain Conspiracy Group and you have a complete fucking meltdown in the comments section, you don’t get banned because that shit is comic gold.

            I know none of this is going to fly; I just typed it to get a rise out of you 😀

          • Jimmy Intense

            Also: if your name is a pormanteu (Anita Justus) you can stay so long as you can contribute some meaningful conversation while taking the piss with the rest of us.

          • Corndog

            You’re so mean to me;)

          • Corndog

            No one has ever been banned for talking shit or having crazy theories. I think I have banned a total of 4 people now and in every instance it was for being downright rude and nasty towards other posters or Brett himself. Also, each person was given a chance to knock it off and only banned after they ignored repeated warnings and continued doing it.

          • Felonious Punk

            I know. I wasn’t being serious. You’re pretty good about letting the whackjobs make complete fools out of themselves for our gineral amusement before you step in and put them out of their misery, tbh

          • Corndog

            You already do:)

          • Corndog

            I love this site, so i click on all the articles several times throughout the day.

            Not sure if that helps much, but i hope it does:)

          • Felonious Punk

            36 comments and counting… around an article concerning Eddie’s beard. Imagine the site traffic (and the comments) if he shaved his ass?

            Brett needs to *seriously* consider dropping some troll articles around April Fools day this year. The clueless lurker action would be worth the effort tenfold..

          • Jimmy Intense

            Lmao let’s just hope there aren’t any pictures of his fresh baby-smooth ass included in such an article

          • Felonious Punk

            Proof or it never happened, lol

  • fuck them

    he should grow out his hair too

    • Corndog

      He doesn’t really have enough left.

  • Jamie Coughlan

    At least there’s info about how to donate to Flint. However, I find it ironic that alternative music was built from the punk and diy ethos of integrity while this site has about as much integrity as Donald Trump at, well, anything other than a fascist rally.

    • Felonious Punk

      And you’re basing this integrity issue of yours, no doubt, on the considerable amount of time you’ve spent reading the site.

      Because why, exactly?

      • Corndog

        This is the part that baffles me. If i come across a site that i don’t like, you know what i do? It’s ingenious. I don’t return to it. Simple. Why can’t these folks figure this out?

        • Jamie Coughlan

          That’s a fair point. A completely fair point. For some reason, I’m not sure why, Alternative Nation really bugs the shit out of me.

          To be fair, there is sometimes some really amazing content. There was the Mark Pellington thing about all the music videos he created. That was gold. I wish there was more stuff like that.

          Maybe my issue is that I see the site as a missed opportunity.

          It could be an amazing site for new exploration of that period of time.

          Perhaps dealing with figures like Charles Peterson, Jonathon Poneman, Tad Doyle, and all those characters.

          Now, that’d be a beautiful thing!

          • Corndog

            You have to understand that Brett does the absolute best he can with precious little resources. He needs to get those clicks just to keep his head above water.

            I know that sometimes the articles can be a little bit of a nonsense, hell Brett knows that too, but i still click on them to try and support the site. Quite often, i prefer the banter with other regulars under the articles to the articles themselves.

            The site is growing everyday and has come so far since its Grunge Report days. I think that Brett is to be commended for being able to take it as far as he has, to the point where he is actually getting recognition from musicians that say they read the site. He does not have Rolling Stone type money. Rolling Stone is the big hyper-mall, and Alternative Nation is your local corner shop trying it’s best to keep up with the big boys, and doing a damn fine job of it too.

            If you like the site, then please try to reign in the negatively somewhat and appreciate that what Brett is doing isn’t as easy as it may appear, and try to enjoy the site. Talk to the regulars, make friends, and you’ll be loving it before long. Please just try not to piss in everyone else’s cornflakes, ok? I think that sounds reasonable, don’t you?

          • Alternative Nation

            Stuff like the Pellington pieces take time, which means money, to do. I have to make as much money on the site as possible to afford me the time to do articles like that or the recent Corey Hickok piece.

          • Jamie Coughlan

            Hey Brett. I have been talking to some friends and they have notified be that I am being a total asshole to you. Someone even mentioned the word ‘bully’. Having been bullied enough in my own life, I don’t want to be one. I apologise and hope we can bury the hatchet. You are correct. We are both independent DIY website owners and should not be fighting each other. Sorry, mate.

        • Felonious Punk

          I think it’s similar to being in the closet about one’s sexuality: they secretly love this place and its denizens, they just don’t want to admit it to themselves.

          • Jimmy Intense

            Alternaphobe’s, I call ’em.

    • Alternative Nation

      The idea is to do the best business possible. For the bands covered on this site, that was writing hit songs that led to people buying their records, and great live shows that led to fans buying concert tickets. It was because of this that the bands managed to make enough money to continue doing what they’re doing.

      For Alternative Nation, the goal is to get people to read the stories so I can continue doing what I’m doing, which has led to the site finding an audience. Alternative Nation is also more ‘DIY’ than any major rock site online, most of which are owned by conglomerate types, like Loudwire/Stereogum/Ultimate Classic Rock are all owned by Townsquare Media. Alternative Nation is owned by me, there isn’t any big business putting money into the site. I own the site, write most of the stories, and market the stories. That’s DIY. If you think you can do better, go DIY with your own website.

      • Corndog

        You don’t need to explain yourself Brett.

        If they don’t get it, they don’t get it…..

      • Jamie Coughlan

        I am aware that this is a completely DIY website. However, you can be DIY and maintain integrity (just ask Fugazi and Merge Records). You don’t have to become the National Enquirer of music websites. I do indeed have my own website, which I maintain while also working full time. And while it is not as big as Alternative Nation yet, it is considerably younger. I plan to build the website focusing on up and coming bands (we do however do retrospectives on bigger bands too), without any negative, tabloid journalism, and maintaining a journalistic integrity. And Corndog is entirely correct, you do not need to explain yourself, Brett. What you do with your site is your prerogative.

        • Corndog

          “If Pearl Jam had taken your approach to ‘success’, they would have been Motley Crue.”

          Ok, i admit it. I chuckled when i read that.

        • Alternative Nation

          Jamie, Alternative Nation is my job, so you cannot criticize me calling from the cheap seats as somebody who doesn’t do this as their job. I have to go by the numbers to determine what types of stories to do, like any business does. How would you like it if I walked into your day job and told you to do things that would drop your income by 75%?

          Also, Pearl Jam became just as big (much bigger long term) than Motley Crue commercially, so I don’t see your point there. They wrote very catchy hit songs, the types that make people want to buy records and go to concerts, so they were able to continue doing what they loved doing as they made enough money to pay the bills doing it. If they had listened to some bitter asshole punk band telling them they sold out, they never would have put out the great records they have.

        • Jimmy Intense

          Please provide a link to your website so that we can randomly shit on you for trying to do something you’re passionate about.

          I sincerely hope you’re not one of those douche bags from Antiquiet…that site is fucking LAME.

      • Felonious Punk

        We should make t-shirts for this place

        “Alternative Nation: DIY as FUCK”


        “Alternative Nation” on the front, and “That’s DIY, bitch” on the back


        “Alternative Nation” on the front, and “Go DIY, or go fuck yourself” on the back

        Available for a limited time in red, blue and exclusive Felonious Punk soulless black.

        • Jimmy Intense

          Alternative Nation: Just Do It

          Oh wait…

          Alternative Nation: Be All You Can Be

          Err…maybe not…

          Alternative Nation: Go Fuck Yourself, Haters

          There we go. That’s the one 🙂

          • Felonious Punk

            Alternative Nation: Lurkers, Get Fucked

            I was in this hardcore band once back in high school. We were called “The Crimson Dirge”

            We made T-shirts that had the Pringles guy logo on the front, right under the band name, and then the words “Eat Shit and Die” under the Pringles dude

            We couldn’t print them fast enough, they sold so well. I think the Alt Nation t-shirt thing would be a goldmine..

  • Grammatical Erorr

    Eddie really looks like Springsteen. He should make duet album together or with Cornell as well.

  • Corndog

    Wow. Dude used to be so good looking when he was young too. I had a serious man crush on Eddie when i was a kid, but the years have not been kind…

  • God

    Looks like Justin Bieber

  • thechadmesser

    He’s morphing into Bruce Springsteen!

  • Ishmael

    news of the week: eddie vedder cuts pubic hair.