Eddie Vedder

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, who attended the San Dieguito High School Academy, performed at an alumni event at the Groundlings Theatre over the weekend, covering Joe Jackson’s “Got The Time” with Amazons & Mr. Wuertz.

Amazons, Eddie Vedder, and Mr Wuertz from George Stimson on Vimeo.

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder covered The Beatles’ “Magical Mystery Tour” for the upcoming Netflix series Beat Bugs, and a clip of the cover is featured in the trailer below. Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has covered “Drive My Car” for the series.

Los Angeles, Calif. 10 Feb. 2016 – Netflix, Grace: A Storytelling Company (Grace), Thunderbird and Beyond Screen Production announced today that the highly anticipated children’s series BEAT BUGS will come to Netflix this summer. BEAT BUGS features original characters and a world created by Josh Wakely, who will direct, write and produce the series, following a deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing for worldwide rights to record covers of the Beatles song catalogue for this production. Australian Netflix members will be able to enjoy the series on Netflix soon after its premier on Seven Network.

BEAT BUGS incorporates songs from the Lennon/McCartney ‘Northern Songs’ catalogue, to tell uplifting and life-affirming stories filled with hope and melody. World-leading artists, animators and writers have come together to work on this extraordinary show. The Beat Bugs are charming, funny, adventurous, and have a knack for getting themselves into mischief and mayhem. Each of the five friends (Jay, Kumi, Crick, Buzz, and Walter) has a distinctive personality, and they display the charm and energy of five knockabout, lovable kids. They are best friends who band together to explore and learn in an overgrown suburban backyard, which to them is their entire universe.

The show will feature some of the most well-known Beatles songs woven into the narrative of each episode, with Eddie Vedder, P!nk, James Bay, Sia, The Shins, Of Monsters and Men, Chris Cornell, Regina Spektor, James Corden, and Birdy each recording their rendition of an iconic song. Further artists joining the project are expected to be announced in the coming months. Among the songs featured include Help!, All You Need Is Love, Come Together, Penny Lane, Yellow Submarine, Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Magical Mystery Tour.

“Personally I’m very grateful to be part of Josh’s vision,” said Eddie Vedder. “A tremendous show for kids that combines beautiful animation with great stories and obviously some of the best songs ever written.”

“It’s a rare occasion to be presented with a truly one-of-a-kind children’s show that is so perfectly suited to Netflix,” said Andy Yeatman, director of original kid’s content at Netflix. “Josh and his team have not only developed a compelling children’s show filled with life lessons, but they’ve built a show that will transcend generations and have parents and grandparents enjoying right alongside their little ones.”

Josh Wakely says: “Bringing BEAT BUGS to life on Netflix and having a platform to re-imagine this universally acclaimed music for families around the world is an exhilarating and rewarding experience. Our partners have been fantastic in making this concept a vivid reality, and this is a great example of the innovative and fresh storytelling at the heart of Grace’s ethos.”

This marks the first project from Wakely’s independent film and television production and development banner, Grace: A Storytelling Company (Grace) – which he co-owns with BEAT BUGS Executive Producer, Trevor Roy. In addition, award-winning film and TV production group Thunderbird has come on board as a co-production partner, alongside Beyond Screen Production. Atomic Cartoons, a Thunderbird-owned studio, is working on animation for the series. The series is represented worldwide by Beyond Distribution.

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder recently performed The Who’s “My Generation” in Seattle at the Paramount with 90’s Saturday Night Live stars Adam Sandler, David Spade, Rob Schneider, Norm Macdonald, and Tim Meadows. Watch a video clip, and view photos, below, from @PearlJamOnline!

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Eddie Vedder collaborated with another great comedy mind, Judd Apatow, in a chapter for his book Sick in the Head last year. During an interview for the book, Vedder discussed his struggles finding people to relate to as a teenager, and how The Who’s Quadrophenia was a ‘lifesaver’ for him. Apatow mentioned that he had heard Quadrophenia was a mind blower for Vedder.

“Yeah. And a lifesaver. A life ring to hang on to because, for some reason, I just didn’t feel like there was anybody I could relate to on the whole planet. Nobody at school and certainly no one in the household. And then, all of a sudden, it was like here’s some guy from London named Pete, and he knew everything that was going on.”

He added, “[I was] probably about thirteen, fourteen. And all kinds of stuff was happening in my life. It was really like, just, you know, it was like a bridge with the planks covering a big, deep chasm – and the planks were just falling. That whole period, I was just hanging on.”

Vedder elaborated on what Quadrophenia meant to him, “I mean, it was a number of things – I was finding messages in, like, Split Enz and Talking Heads. But as a whole, Quadrophenia was the one that…thank God the record store prescribed that drug, because that’s what got me through. Even though it didn’t offer any answers, in the end it was just knowing that you weren’t the only one going through these things.”

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder covered The Beatles’ “Magical Mystery Tour” for the upcoming Netflix series Beat Bugs, and a clip of the cover is featured in the trailer below. Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has covered “Drive My Car” for the series.

Los Angeles, Calif. 10 Feb. 2016 – Netflix, Grace: A Storytelling Company (Grace), Thunderbird and Beyond Screen Production announced today that the highly anticipated children’s series BEAT BUGS will come to Netflix this summer. BEAT BUGS features original characters and a world created by Josh Wakely, who will direct, write and produce the series, following a deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing for worldwide rights to record covers of the Beatles song catalogue for this production. Australian Netflix members will be able to enjoy the series on Netflix soon after its premier on Seven Network.

BEAT BUGS incorporates songs from the Lennon/McCartney ‘Northern Songs’ catalogue, to tell uplifting and life-affirming stories filled with hope and melody. World-leading artists, animators and writers have come together to work on this extraordinary show. The Beat Bugs are charming, funny, adventurous, and have a knack for getting themselves into mischief and mayhem. Each of the five friends (Jay, Kumi, Crick, Buzz, and Walter) has a distinctive personality, and they display the charm and energy of five knockabout, lovable kids. They are best friends who band together to explore and learn in an overgrown suburban backyard, which to them is their entire universe.

The show will feature some of the most well-known Beatles songs woven into the narrative of each episode, with Eddie Vedder, P!nk, James Bay, Sia, The Shins, Of Monsters and Men, Chris Cornell, Regina Spektor, James Corden, and Birdy each recording their rendition of an iconic song. Further artists joining the project are expected to be announced in the coming months. Among the songs featured include Help!, All You Need Is Love, Come Together, Penny Lane, Yellow Submarine, Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Magical Mystery Tour.

“Personally I’m very grateful to be part of Josh’s vision,” said Eddie Vedder. “A tremendous show for kids that combines beautiful animation with great stories and obviously some of the best songs ever written.”

“It’s a rare occasion to be presented with a truly one-of-a-kind children’s show that is so perfectly suited to Netflix,” said Andy Yeatman, director of original kid’s content at Netflix. “Josh and his team have not only developed a compelling children’s show filled with life lessons, but they’ve built a show that will transcend generations and have parents and grandparents enjoying right alongside their little ones.”

Josh Wakely says: “Bringing BEAT BUGS to life on Netflix and having a platform to re-imagine this universally acclaimed music for families around the world is an exhilarating and rewarding experience. Our partners have been fantastic in making this concept a vivid reality, and this is a great example of the innovative and fresh storytelling at the heart of Grace’s ethos.”

This marks the first project from Wakely’s independent film and television production and development banner, Grace: A Storytelling Company (Grace) – which he co-owns with BEAT BUGS Executive Producer, Trevor Roy. In addition, award-winning film and TV production group Thunderbird has come on board as a co-production partner, alongside Beyond Screen Production. Atomic Cartoons, a Thunderbird-owned studio, is working on animation for the series. The series is represented worldwide by Beyond Distribution.

As we previewed with early Stone Temple Pilots collaborator Corey Hickok’s recent in-depth piece on Scott Weiland with Brett Buchanan, this is the first article for our ‘Deep Cuts’ section, which focused on longform musical journalism and commentary.

Last week you heard Joe Buck calling the NFC championship game on Fox. Come Wednesday, you will find Buck hosting Undeniable on DIRECTV’s Audience network. Then, once spring rolls around, Buck will be back at the ballpark as baseball kicks into high gear, eventually leading to working a double when the NFL starts back up again in the fall. What’s the trick to keeping focused while having to often switch gears? Music.

Alternative Nation recently had the opportunity to catch up with Buck to discuss many things Pearl Jam, how the power of music impacts his life, aids his preparation and enhances sports.

How important is music to you?

It’s what makes me concentrate. I equate different years and different events that I’ve done with what music was out or what’s on my radar at that moment. Specifically with regards to Pearl Jam, when Backspacer came out, it was around the time where I met Eddie. I was doing the World Series in 2009 between Philadelphia and New York. Just going back to listening to that album over and over and over, whether it was after a game late at night, in preparation before the game or even during the game.

We have this great audio guy named Joe Carpenter. If something is hot on both of our lists, he’ll play it out over the PA that goes into everyone’s headset; whether it’s camera operator, audio personnel or my headset in the both. It really calms me. It lets me know, as I’m about to get ready to do the game – which at the time feels like everybody is paying every seconds worth of attention to and it’s the biggest thing in the world, it reminds you that you are just part of a bigger picture going on in the United States and nobody really cares how you do or what you do. You just do your best and have fun.

So music holds a valuable spot in your preparation and how you go about your work?

Yes, definitely. I’m not a huge numbers guy. I’ll sit at my desk and put down every relevant statistic to the game I am about to do with music going on in the background. It’s not always the same music. It’s usually something that is soothing to me, like Chris Cornell’s latest album. It can be older stuff as well, that takes me back a little bit. I think when you do TV you kind of have the ability to separate different tracks in your head. I can concentrate on the numbers better and what I’m putting in, if I have something else going on. That’s why I text people during games and during breaks. It keeps my mind active. Music provides me with that opportunity during my preparation.

I love Cornell’s latest album as well and often have it accompany me in the same exact way.

His voice is just ridiculous. Even just the instrumental portion of the new album – what they’ve done with arrangements and how it just highlights what he can do vocally, it’s mind-blowing.

His voice is an instrument in itself.

It is, and it’s pretty damn unique. It’s the same for Eddie. I think in today’s pop world, a lot of people ending up sounding a lot alike. You can listen to some performers and say, “well is that X, Y or Z?” Then you hear Eddie’s voice or Chris’ voice, it’s so unique and the sound is so distinct that there’s no mistaking it for anybody else. It’s a great fingerprint.

Has music always been a big part of your life even going back to early memories growing up?

Yes, my mom was on Broadway and was a singer and a dancer. The way I was brought up, most other kids were probably listening to Boston, and I was too, but I was also subjected to the soundtracks of Oklahoma or Guys and Dolls around my house at the same time. So I have a wide range of music that has influenced me over the course of my life.

A lot of people tell me that about my dad, who did the Cardinals baseball games for so many years. They tell me how his voice was kind of a soundtrack to their lives growing up, being around St. Louis in the summer and hearing him while they’re mowing the grass or hearing him bouncing off the walls in their kitchen. That was usually the case for me too, but I was usually down at the ballpark. When I wasn’t at the park with him, I was really into music. I saw that as a kid; my parents having friends and family over, standing around singing, that’s really how I grew up.

Are you able to influence what songs are played on-air, into break or that are run over highlights? Or are those all outside deals?

There was a time, yeah. I could be wrong about this, but I’m 99.9% sure that it was Fox that got all of the television networks that cover sports into some trouble when we did a Super Bowl a few years ago and we played a track over highlights, like a pre-packaged piece during the Super Bowl. It was to Arcade Fire. Someone from their camp heard it and said, “Hey, we didn’t give authorization for Fox to use that.” A lawsuit followed and it made things really difficult to get cleared. To me, and I’ve talked to Vedder about this, that’s such a feather in their cap. Vedder is such a crazy sports fan and Pearl Jam actually did a deal with Fox a few years ago during the baseball postseason. They like it. Arcade Fire obviously did not or at least didn’t like that they didn’t know about it. The deal settled, but it made everybody gun-shy. For a while there at Fox, we were using basically a studio greatest hits album where notes are just off enough or it’s not done by the original artist, where it kind of sounds like the song that everybody is listening to right now, but it’s not it. That’s how they got away with it. It’s basically studio generic stuff. That was crushing to me. As a sports fan, and as somebody who takes pride in everything we put out over the air, to not have the ability to then pair it up with music that fits or can inspire or put an emotional accent to something, it just kills me.

We’ve kind of come out of those woods a little bit, more so doing specific deals. We did one with The Who years ago and I think Jack Black did the same with us. For sure Pearl Jam did which was great. Then you can play different cuts off a specific catalog that they’ll give you. It adds a lot to what we do, it’s as important as the voice that’s on there calling the play-by-play.

I remember we were doing a World Series game and Tim Wakefield, a knuckleball pitcher, was pitching. I’ve always been a huge XTC fan and the song “Knuckle Down” was one I told someone working in our truck to check out. Then one of our rolls out of the break was “Knuckle Down” by XTC with a little knuckleball dancing all over the place. It doesn’t always have to be literal but it can be. To me, it adds a lot of depth to what we do.

You mentioned the 2009 World Series. I’m a Yankee fan and after they won, Fox ran the highlights of the series with Pearl Jam’s “Amongst the Waves” playing as the backing music. It was amazing, couldn’t have been more perfect.

That’s the stuff, when we go off the air, I just think – wow, that was awesome. It’s like sports movies. Sports movies are some of the most powerful out there. They don’t always get the teams right and it doesn’t always look all that realistic, but you put certain scenes in The Natural up against anything that’s been directed and produced in film – as far as powerful moments and beautiful pictures, paired with music. In my mind, it’s right up there with the best when Roy Hobbs hits the ball up into the lights and it’s almost like fireworks coming down. Then the music hits and he’s rounding the bases in the dark. That’s as strong as it gets. It shows you the power of not just sports in those emotional moments that we all click into, but how they can be enhanced by the right piece of music.

Having a personal connection with Pearl Jam now, what’s it like for you being such a fan of the band? Is it hard to separate the band and music you’ve loved for so long from the relationship of being friends?

It’s really just Eddie. I have mutual friends with Stone, but I don’t know him at all. It’s surreal to me. I know Eddie and then you hear Eddie Vedder as the frontman of Pearl Jam, and they are like two different people to me. I’ll find myself texting with him and I almost have to remind myself who I’m texting with. It’s funny; my wife will roll her eyes at me and say, “oh let me guess, Eddie?” But we’ll go back and forth because he’s a legitimate sports fan. That’s how we got to know each other. Pearl Jam came into St. Louis in 2010 and in one of their encores he dedicated “Alive” to me. He said something along the lines of, “I don’t know if you’re still in here, but this one’s for you Joe Buck.” I didn’t know him really. He just knew through this company that I had gotten seats through people in his group and he was a sports fan so he threw that out there. I had met him a year or so before, we had just a brief encounter and we ended talking mostly about our daughters. He’s basically my age. I find myself texting more about kids and family. He’ll text me during the month of October and I’ll be texting with him during games and will send him a little video of what’s going on in our booth and he’ll send me a video of what’s going on backstage or even onstage. It’s just crazy. But he’s just genuinely the nicest guy. I had him in the booth for last year’s NFC championship game in Seattle. He flew in from Hawaii to go to it. I took him down onto the field, which was crazy scene. People were just going nuts. He met Pete Carroll before kickoff and then came up in the booth and stayed in the back the whole time. He was sending me notes of different things he observed to get into the broadcast. What made me feel great though was how he treated the spotter in the booth, the makeup person or anyone that came in. He could not have been sweeter. He never comes off as bothered and that’s a unique trait – to be as recognizable and be as polite as he is. I really think Hawaii has really been that refuge for him where he can go and hideout. I’ll text him and he’ll tell me he’s going out for evening surf. I think he really gets to shut down when he’s there. Consequently, when he comes back into the real world, he’s kind of languid and tranquil. Everything you’d hope he would be and probably more. I’m awe, believe me. I’m awe of his talent and of his brain. Some of his texts should be set to music, they’re so deep and well thought out. He’s just a brilliant writer and creative person. You realize why the guy is who he is and why that band is as great as it is, because their front-guy is just kind of on a different level. I’m much more in awe of anything he does that when I do. What he likes about my world is that he is a sincere sports fan, not just something that would look good. He’s got trunks with the Cubs stickers on them. He sent me pictures from inside the Cubs clubhouse and talking with Joe Maddon. He’s like a little kid when it comes to that so it’s neat to be around that too.

The pairing of the two worlds; sports and music, always intrigues me. The mutual admiration and respect is fascinating.

It’s true. I’ve talked with friends of mine about trying to produce a show like that – trying to have these two worlds marry up for a day. It was done on IFC with the show Iconoclasts. Michael Stipe and Mario Batalli in particular. They spend a day in one guys world and then the next day in the others and you can just see them in awe of what the other person does. So, it’s cool to give Eddie that kind of peak behind the curtain of what we do in a NFC championship game and then to go down into his dressing room after that 2010 show, and talk about everything but music was great.

With your new show Undeniable, to me, it comes across as an E:60 meets, CenterStage, meets a Howard Stern interview. Is that a fair assessment?

I think so. Anytime you mention Stern, that’s the ultimate. I would even throw James Lipton in there from Inside the Actors Studio. It’s one thing to ask somebody to sit down and talk about the team, talk about the next game or talk about a cover two defense. It’s another to say – let’s sit down and talk about the beginnings of your life, how you were shaped, where you didn’t meet expectations, where you failed and how you picked yourself back up and succeeded after that. I think that’s where it struck a chord with people, meaning the interview guests. I never expected to have the kind of cooperation that we ended up having. To sit there for two and half hours with Jeter, Gretzky or Michael Phelps and talk about suicide, how low he got and what it was like going to rehab, you realize these people really do want to talk. They want to talk more than just a Sunday conversation on ESPN and more than just five minutes. These are people more than they are sports stars. That’s really what the objective was. Vince Vaughn, Peter Billingsly and I are the producers on it with DIRECTV. That’s what we determined we would go after on this when we met two and half years ago and it’s what we’ve achieved to some degree with the show. For the athlete, it’s almost like therapy and they get up really happy that they were there. The crowd and the actual venue where we do it, certainly the host, is really glad that they were there.

Do you film in New York?

We filmed the first thirteen episodes in Manhattan Beach at Manhattan Beach Studios. I had to work that in and around my calendar. My wife and I rented a place out there. Then we are doing seven more around the Super Bowl in San Francisco. That will be an even 20 for year one and then we’ll see where we go for year two. It’s to a point now where hopefully the show sells itself. It’s one thing to get Derek Jeter and think – here’s what we hope to do. It’s another to talk to Jeter, show it, put it on the air and have other sports stars in that same echelon see it and think it would be something fun to do.

You’ve had Kelly Slater too. I know he’s a big Pearl Jam fan.

Yeah. He was great. He’s another guy who came from nothing. He really worked hard and found his own way. A part of that takes a turn like Phelps episode, and you realize how low he got. He’s a lot like Eddie Vedder. He’s just on a different level. He’s always developing, he’s always thinking and he’s a very creative person; whether it’s creating on a wave or a clothing line or just contemplating life. He’s a unique dude.

In the Michael Phelps episode, there’s a small part where he says – “I don’t know if I’m somebody different because of what I’ve done? This is the real Michael Phelps.” I feel like that really encapsulates what the show is all about.

Exactly. It’s perception too. People even have a perception of me where they think they know me. Everybody wants to put somebody in a box. They hear me call touchdown or homeruns and know that I’m somebodies kid too and think I got into the business because of my dad. Now they got me pegged. We see Derek Jeter’s success or Michael Phelps getting gold medals around his neck and we think – this guy believes he’s better than everybody else. But then you realize, he is a flawed human being that has been scared to death. It’s kind of self-help series. That’s what Vince Vaughn wants to sell it as. It doesn’t matter what you do in life, you can take a lesson out of this and apply it to what you do or where you’ve been or what you hope to become. That’s been the most satisfying part of it. It’s not just talking about when you hit the double into right center field its more about what the athlete was feeling before the World Series. Did you want the ball hit to you? It doesn’t matter if you are in an office building or fixing a pipe, do you want the pressure on you?

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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.

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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.

HOW TO DONATE

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

Eddie Vedder joined political comedian Bill Maher on stage on New Years Eve to perform two songs, according to The Star Advertiser. Vedder performed “Soon Forget” on ukulele, which he attached to Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump, and covered The Who’s “The Seeker.” Vedder has supported President Obama in the last two elections.

Vedder joked about Maher, “I love (the anti-religion Maher) so much that I might say I follow him religiously … but I don’t know how he’d like that.” David Spade at also at the show.

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan discussed Donald Trump and the first Republican Presidential Debate at a VIP Q&A in Cincinnati in August. Read Alternative Nation’s transcription below from Corgan’s August 8th fan Q&A:

“I think what’s cool, and I’m not saying I agree politically, but I think what’s cool is Trump’s running chaos theory. He’s forcing a lot of things out into the open, so they can’t control this, whatever that control is. It’s like the music business, everybody gets controlled, and somebody comes along that fucks it all up. So I think it’s good that he’s fucking it up, because whether or not he’s the guy, obviously the political class doesn’t want him there, it’ll open it up to a bigger dialog. Just like rock and roll, it gets boring and it needs to be – I mean look, whether anybody agrees or not, the rating on that debate was 24 million. It was 8 times higher than the first Republican debate of the last cycle. It was highest non-sports related cable rating of all time. That means people are engaged.”

Corgan added, “I would argue at this point is there any difference between politics and entertainment? Is there any difference at this point between music and entertainment? I don’t think there’s any difference any more.”

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder celebrated his 51st birthday yesterday. Check out this awesome photo of him celebrating his special day below (via @joelmurray9of9 on Instagram)!

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Matt Cameron celebrated his 53rd birthday at Pearl Jam’s show in Mexico City last month. According to Sea on PearlJam.com’s forums, the band and audience sang “happy birthday” to him. The audience then sang another song that presumably is birthday related. A cake was brought out, but rather than smashing it on the person celebrating their birthday, Eddie Vedder decided to throw the cake in the audience, and you won’t BELIEVE how far he threw it in the video below! Ed then yells “we need some forks!”

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Dan Shuftan, who works in the sports marketing field, has tweeted a big new Pearl Jam rumor: ‘A little birdie told me Pearl Jam is playing Soldier Field over July 4th.’ Soldier Field is located in Chicago, and is the home of the Chicago Bears. The stadium holds more than 60,000 people, much more than Wrigley Field, where the band played in summer 2013.

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder is also celebrating a big birthday today, he is 51 years old! Happy birthday Ed!

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Pearl Jam manager Kelly Curtis and the band’s bassist Jeff Ament held a live Twitter chat on December 11th and revealed that Pearl Jam will be announcing 2016 tour dates early next year, as we had previously reported. Curtis said, “We will announce tour dates first part of the year.” When a fan asked if the band could play in Canada next year, he responded: “Of course.” He also hinted at a show in Tampa bay next year, and said he’d love to see a No Code and Yield box set, but there aren’t any plans for it yet.

Curtis also told Alternative Nation reporter Jeff Gorra that there are plans to celebrate Pearl Jam’s 25th anniversary next year. Pearl Jam are also ‘always in and out of the studio and constantly writing’ new material, according to Curtis, but Jeff Ament said the band hadn’t recorded any new songs yet.

When asked about Pearl Jam possibly playing the Super Bowl in the future, Curtis’ answer was vague. “Ask me in 10 years OR if the Superbowl is ever in Seattle.” Jeff Ament said, “Never say never, but….”

Jeff Ament also participated in the chat, saying it would be a dream come true to play Finland. He also mentioned other places he would like to play live, “Lets get the map out….there’s a bunch… Havre, MT Bluffton, MN Hania, Crete Western Somoa Mumbai JA.” He also discussed playing live in 1992, “We played 45 minute sets back then….oh how fondly I remember those 45 minute sets :)”

A fan also asked if Pearl Jam would write a song called “Trumpleaguer.” Ament responded, “Born on home plate, thinks he got a triple.” He also said he found the candidates for the 2016 election ‘depressing.’

Ament also said there are no plans to release the studio version of “Of the Earth.” He said when it comes to modern bands, he is a fan of Cage The Elephant and Royal Blood. He also called Chris Cornell ‘one of the all time greats.’

Matt Cameron celebrated his 53rd birthday at Pearl Jam’s show in Mexico City over the weekend. According to Sea on PearlJam.com’s forums, the band and audience sang “happy birthday” to him. The audience then sang another song that presumably is birthday related. A cake was brought out, but rather than smashing it on the person celebrating their birthday, Eddie Vedder decided to throw the cake in the audience, and you won’t BELIEVE how far he threw it in the video below! Ed then yells “we need some forks!”

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At Pearl Jam’s show on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro, Eddie Vedder had some fun with a fan who claimed it was his birthday. Ed had the lights brought up so he can see the audience. He points out a man in the audience with a sign that reads “It’s My Birthday Can I please sing a song with you?” Ed says “It is your birthday? Now let’s see I saw you 3 days ago holding the same sign and a few days before that with the same sign. It must be nice to have every day be your birthday.” Ed says he will buy the guy a drink for sure and then they can think about singing.

The Birthday Boy finally got his wish during “Porch.” Watch video below!

Set List from Sea on PearlJam.com’s forums:
01. Oceans (Ed counts off the song but some confusion stops the song right away. Ed and Stone confer briefly and the song starts again)
02. Present Tense
03. Corduroy
04. Hail, Hail
05. Mind Your Manners
06. Do The Evolution
07. Amongst The Waves
(Ed addresses the audience in Portuguese. Noting it is the last show in Brazil but not the last show forever just this tour. The audience helps him a little with his pronunciation.)
08. Save You
09. Even Flow
10. Who You Are
11. Setting Forth
12. Not For You
13. Sirens-sing along outro (Boom’s keyboard had a malfunction for the first part of the song)
14. Given To Fly
15. Want You So Hard (Bad Boy News)-(Hughes, Homme) Eagles Of Death Metal cover. The band was playing a show in Paris at Le Bataclan when it was attacked by terrorists on November 13.
16. Comatose (The start of the song is a bit off. The band stops right away and Ed laughs “and then THAT happened!” The band starts the song again.)
17. Lukin
18. Rearviewmirror

Encore Break 1

(Ed asks the audience if they can see the moon tonight. He hopes it is still up there. “we live in a crazy world.”)
19. Yellow Moon
20. Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town
(Ed has the lights brought up so he can see the audience. He points out a man in the audience with a sign that reads “It’s My Birthday Can I please sing a song with you?” Ed says “It is your birthday? Now let’s see I saw you 3 days ago holding the same sign and a few days before that with the same sign. It must be nice to have every day be your birthday.” Ed says he will buy the guy a drink for sure and then they can think about singing.
He notes that other people are having anniversaries as well. Joe and Diane anniversary, (?) and Ashley-they are still fucking. Another couple is celebrating and anniversary. Various people in the audience indicate the lengths of their relationships. Ed says we have been a band for 25 years. Longer than anybody. And Jeff and Stone have been together how long? (30 years said in Portuguese). Let’s hear it for Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard for being together longer than anyone.)
21. Just Breathe

22. Imagine-(Lennon)
23. Jeremy
24. Why Go
25. The Fixer
(Ed brings up the birthday man (Adu?(sp). The man is very pleased. Ed takes a swig of wine and passes the bottle to they guy who proceeds to take a very long pull on the bottle. Ed lets him sing the opening lines of Porch before taking over.)
26. Porch (Sings the end of the song from the barricade. Visits with Birthday Man)

Encore Break 2
(Ed in Portuguese. It appears he has been given a gift and thanks the audience and he continues in English say he has heard so many stories of fans from all over the world who don’t speak any Portuguese being taken in and treated like family. He thanks the Brazilian people for their generosity in treating fan who have travelled here to see the shows.)
27. Last Kiss-(Cochran)
(We really wanted to play this here. This is by a special man and good friend, Mr. Roger Waters)
28. Comfortably Numb-(Gilmour, Waters) {Ed plays piano during the outro solo}
29. Spin The Black Circle
30. Black
(Ed has some advice for people who can relate to the song Black because of someone in their life. He also says he wants to thank some people. In Portuguese he thanks by name many of the Brazilian locals that have been working and traveling with the band and Pearl Jam crew.)
31. Better Man (during the solo Mike and Ed rock out back to back. At the end of the song Ed smashes white Gibson SG.)
32. Alive- (draped in an a Brazilian flag with messages and autographs all over it Ed goes to the wings of the stage. Mike solos down at the barricade.)
33. Rockin’ In The Free World-(Young) Jeff ends up wearing the Brazilian flag Ed had during the last song. Mike runs laps around the stage.)
(“They are telling us we have to stop so we will need to come back again.”) There is a very strict midnight curfew at the venue.
34. Yellow Ledbetter
(someone throws up a red pair of swim trunks. Ed asks “for me?” and shrugs. He ends up putting the trunks on over his pants and continues singing.)

On Monday, I published a story on Alternative Nation about Eddie Vedder dedicating Pearl Jam’s cover of John Lennon’s “Imagine” in Rio de Janeiro last night to a fan named Pierre-Antoine Henry, who was tragically killed at Eagles of Death Metal’s show in Paris nearly two weeks ago by ISIS terrorists. Our story had video of Pearl Jam’s performance of “Imagine,” but not Vedder’s speech we had a transcription of. A friend of Pierre-Antoine reached out to me asking for audio of Vedder’s speech, so it could be played at his funeral to dedicate “Imagine” to him.

I reached out to Pearl Jam fans on Twitter and the Ten Club boards searching for the audio, and then I e-mailed a contact in Pearl Jam’s organization, and despite the band being on tour in South America, they managed to quickly pull the professional audio of the speech and get it sent to Pierre-Antoine’s friends and family in time for the funeral. It was a total class act move on the part of the Pearl Jam Ten Club organization, and it made me quite emotional when I was told that they had sent it. A crowdfunding campaign has been set up for Pierre-Antoine. Read Eddie Vedder’s tribute below, as transcribed by Sea on the PearlJam.com forums.

“I wanted to say…I wanted to send out a message. Playing these shows it feels like family. A really, really big family. And of course we are always concerned about safety. For yours, for ours, for the crew, for everybody. You know music can bring joy. It also can help you deal with anger. It can also help you with sadness. And when you get a gathering of people at a show all these things become more powerful because you are sharing them with all these other people at the same time.

And it makes the senseless, senseless tragedy that occurred last week in Paris even more upsetting and the fact that it happened during concert with a great band and great Parisian fans it hurts us and breaks our hearts to the core and it broke our hearts even more when we and more deeply when we heard that someone, a really good man, a father of two, a great husband, great brother, a great son and he was always in the front row of the shows when we played in Europe. And we found out recently that he lost his life, when like all the others he deserved very much to still be living…so tonight we would like to ask…(Ed begins speaking Portuguese. I think he is saying that he wants to play the song for the family of Pierre-Antoine Henry)”

I didn’t know Pierre-Antoine, but just from the pictures I’ve seen, he had an infectious smile. Rest in peace.

Photo credit: @rasoliveira

Eddie Vedder ended Pearl Jam’s show in Rio de Janeiro on a comedic note when a fan threw a pair of red swim trunks on stage during an encore performance of “Yellow Ledbetter.” Vedder asked, “For me?” He shrugged, and then put on the bathing suit over his pants, even briefly shaking his butt before laughing. Pearl Jam find new ways to interact with their fans every day!

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Set List from Sea on PearlJam.com’s forums:
01. Oceans (Ed counts off the song but some confusion stops the song right away. Ed and Stone confer briefly and the song starts again)
02. Present Tense
03. Corduroy
04. Hail, Hail
05. Mind Your Manners
06. Do The Evolution
07. Amongst The Waves
(Ed addresses the audience in Portuguese. Noting it is the last show in Brazil but not the last show forever just this tour. The audience helps him a little with his pronunciation.)
08. Save You
09. Even Flow
10. Who You Are
11. Setting Forth
12. Not For You
13. Sirens-sing along outro (Boom’s keyboard had a malfunction for the first part of the song)
14. Given To Fly
15. Want You So Hard (Bad Boy News)-(Hughes, Homme) Eagles Of Death Metal cover. The band was playing a show in Paris at Le Bataclan when it was attacked by terrorists on November 13.
16. Comatose (The start of the song is a bit off. The band stops right away and Ed laughs “and then THAT happened!” The band starts the song again.)
17. Lukin
18. Rearviewmirror

Encore Break 1

(Ed asks the audience if they can see the moon tonight. He hopes it is still up there. “we live in a crazy world.”)
19. Yellow Moon
20. Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town
(Ed has the lights brought up so he can see the audience. He points out a man in the audience with a sign that reads “It’s My Birthday Can I please sing a song with you?” Ed says “It is your birthday? Now let’s see I saw you 3 days ago holding the same sign and a few days before that with the same sign. It must be nice to have every day be your birthday.” Ed says he will buy the guy a drink for sure and then they can think about singing.
He notes that other people are having anniversaries as well. Joe and Diane anniversary, (?) and Ashley-they are still fucking. Another couple is celebrating and anniversary. Various people in the audience indicate the lengths of their relationships. Ed says we have been a band for 25 years. Longer than anybody. And Jeff and Stone have been together how long? (30 years said in Portuguese). Let’s hear it for Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard for being together longer than anyone.)
21. Just Breathe

22. Imagine-(Lennon)
23. Jeremy
24. Why Go
25. The Fixer
(Ed brings up the birthday man (Adu?(sp). The man is very pleased. Ed takes a swig of wine and passes the bottle to they guy who proceeds to take a very long pull on the bottle. Ed lets him sing the opening lines of Porch before taking over.)
26. Porch (Sings the end of the song from the barricade. Visits with Birthday Man)

Encore Break 2
(Ed in Portuguese. It appears he has been given a gift and thanks the audience and he continues in English say he has heard so many stories of fans from all over the world who don’t speak any Portuguese being taken in and treated like family. He thanks the Brazilian people for their generosity in treating fan who have travelled here to see the shows.)
27. Last Kiss-(Cochran)
(We really wanted to play this here. This is by a special man and good friend, Mr. Roger Waters)
28. Comfortably Numb-(Gilmour, Waters) {Ed plays piano during the outro solo}
29. Spin The Black Circle
30. Black
(Ed has some advice for people who can relate to the song Black because of someone in their life. He also says he wants to thank some people. In Portuguese he thanks by name many of the Brazilian locals that have been working and traveling with the band and Pearl Jam crew.)
31. Better Man (during the solo Mike and Ed rock out back to back. At the end of the song Ed smashes white Gibson SG.)
32. Alive- (draped in an a Brazilian flag with messages and autographs all over it Ed goes to the wings of the stage. Mike solos down at the barricade.)
33. Rockin’ In The Free World-(Young) Jeff ends up wearing the Brazilian flag Ed had during the last song. Mike runs laps around the stage.)
(“They are telling us we have to stop so we will need to come back again.”) There is a very strict midnight curfew at the venue.
34. Yellow Ledbetter
(someone throws up a red pair of swim trunks. Ed asks “for me?” and shrugs. He ends up putting the trunks on over his pants and continues singing.)

Photo credit: @PearlJamOnline on Twitter

Eddie Vedder dedicated Pearl Jam’s performance of John Lennon’s “Imagine” in Rio de Janeiro last night to a fan named Pierre-Antoine Henry, who was killed at Eagles of Death Metal’s show in Paris just over a week ago. Henry was 36 years old. Sea from PearlJam.com’s forums transcribed Eddie Vedder’s dedication:

“I wanted to say…I wanted to send out a message. Playing these shows it feels like family. A really, really big family. And of course we are always concerned about safety. For yours, for ours, for the crew, for everybody. You know music can bring joy. It also can help you deal with anger. It can also help you with sadness. And when you get a gathering of people at a show all these things become more powerful because you are sharing them with all these other people at the same time.

And it makes the senseless, senseless tragedy that occurred last week in Paris even more upsetting and the fact that it happened during concert with a great band and great Parisian fans it hurts us and breaks our hearts to the core and it broke our hearts even more when we and more deeply when we heard that someone, a really good man, a father of two, a great husband, great brother, a great son and he was always in the front row of the shows when we played in Europe. And we found out recently that he lost his life, when like all the others he deserved very much to still be living…so tonight we would like to ask…(Ed begins speaking Portuguese. I think he is saying that he wants to play the song for the family of Pierre-Antoine Henry)”

Alternative Nation sends its thoughts and prayers to Pierre-Antoine Henry’s friends and family, and if there’s anything they need or would like to share on here, please let us know.

Set List
01. Oceans (Ed counts off the song but some confusion stops the song right away. Ed and Stone confer briefly and the song starts again)
02. Present Tense
03. Corduroy
04. Hail, Hail
05. Mind Your Manners
06. Do The Evolution
07. Amongst The Waves
(Ed addresses the audience in Portuguese. Noting it is the last show in Brazil but not the last show forever just this tour. The audience helps him a little with his pronunciation.)
08. Save You
09. Even Flow
10. Who You Are
11. Setting Forth
12. Not For You
13. Sirens-sing along outro (Boom’s keyboard had a malfunction for the first part of the song)
14. Given To Fly
15. Want You So Hard (Bad Boy News)-(Hughes, Homme) Eagles Of Death Metal cover. The band was playing a show in Paris at Le Bataclan when it was attacked by terrorists on November 13.
16. Comatose (The start of the song is a bit off. The band stops right away and Ed laughs “and then THAT happened!” The band starts the song again.)
17. Lukin
18. Rearviewmirror

Encore Break 1

(Ed asks the audience if they can see the moon tonight. He hopes it is still up there. “we live in a crazy world.”)
19. Yellow Moon
20. Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town
(Ed has the lights brought up so he can see the audience. He points out a man in the audience with a sign that reads “It’s My Birthday Can I please sing a song with you?” Ed says “It is your birthday? Now let’s see I saw you 3 days ago holding the same sign and a few days before that with the same sign. It must be nice to have every day be your birthday.” Ed says he will buy the guy a drink for sure and then they can think about singing.
He notes that other people are having anniversaries as well. Joe and Diane anniversary, (?) and Ashley-they are still fucking. Another couple is celebrating and anniversary. Various people in the audience indicate the lengths of their relationships. Ed says we have been a band for 25 years. Longer than anybody. And Jeff and Stone have been together how long? (30 years said in Portuguese). Let’s hear it for Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard for being together longer than anyone.)
21. Just Breathe

22. Imagine-(Lennon)
23. Jeremy
24. Why Go
25. The Fixer
(Ed brings up the birthday man (Adu?(sp). The man is very pleased. Ed takes a swig of wine and passes the bottle to they guy who proceeds to take a very long pull on the bottle. Ed lets him sing the opening lines of Porch before taking over.)
26. Porch (Sings the end of the song from the barricade. Visits with Birthday Man)

Encore Break 2
(Ed in Portuguese. It appears he has been given a gift and thanks the audience and he continues in English say he has heard so many stories of fans from all over the world who don’t speak any Portuguese being taken in and treated like family. He thanks the Brazilian people for their generosity in treating fan who have travelled here to see the shows.)
27. Last Kiss-(Cochran)
(We really wanted to play this here. This is by a special man and good friend, Mr. Roger Waters)
28. Comfortably Numb-(Gilmour, Waters) {Ed plays piano during the outro solo}
29. Spin The Black Circle
30. Black
(Ed has some advice for people who can relate to the song Black because of someone in their life. He also says he wants to thank some people. In Portuguese he thanks by name many of the Brazilian locals that have been working and traveling with the band and Pearl Jam crew.)
31. Better Man (during the solo Mike and Ed rock out back to back. At the end of the song Ed smashes white Gibson SG.)
32. Alive- (draped in an a Brazilian flag with messages and autographs all over it Ed goes to the wings of the stage. Mike solos down at the barricade.)
33. Rockin’ In The Free World-(Young) Jeff ends up wearing the Brazilian flag Ed had during the last song. Mike runs laps around the stage.)
(“They are telling us we have to stop so we will need to come back again.”) There is a very strict midnight curfew at the venue.
34. Yellow Ledbetter
(someone throws up a red pair of swim trunks. Ed asks “for me?” and shrugs. He ends up putting the trunks on over his pants and continues singing.)

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Pearl Jam dedicated their performance of “Love Boat Captain” in Sâo Paulo to the victims of Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris by ISIS. Before performing “Love Boat Captain,” a song that paid tribute to fans that died at Pearl Jam’s Roskilde Festival performance in 2000 with the lyric ‘lost 9 friends we’ll never know…2 years ago today,’ Eddie Vedder addressed the crowd. Vedder said was that it was a good night to be around people and in Sâo Paulo and that their love goes out to the people of Paris, and that there is a lot of healing to do together. The band then performed “Love Boat Captain” with the altered lyric ‘lost many friends we’ll never know, oh again today.’ Some heard the lyric as ‘Lost some friends again today.’ Watch the performance below.

The recap below is from the PearlJam.com forums:

There was a lot of wind and rain during this show. The back drops had to be pulled down.
Set List
01. Long Road
02. Of The Girl
(Ed addresses the audience in Portuguese. Our translator said the general sentiment of what Ed said was that it was a good night to be around people and in Sâo Paulo and that their love goes out to the people of Paris. There is a lot of healing to do together…)
03. Love Boat Captain (Ed sings the lyric “Lost some friends again today”. Likely referring to the terrorist attacks in Paris)
04. Do The Evolution
05. Hail, Hail
06. Why Go
07. Getaway
08. Mind Your Manners
09. Deep
(Ed has house lights brought up so he can see the audience. He asks if everyone is okay. He asks if he can speak English because his Portuguese sounds terrible. He says it would take 3 years to thank everyone here individually.)
10. Corduroy
11. Lightning Bolt (as Ed introduces the song says “this is what it was doing last night.” Partway through the song it begins to storm again. Touring and local crew rush to pull down the back drops and other things because of the winds. Ed checks on the crowd to make sure they are all safe. He says we need to take some things down so I will play by myself while we make sure everything is okay.)
12. Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town (Ed solo acoustic)
(After the song Ed checks to make sure It is okay to continue. He gets the okay and says, “Okay Mikey, fix this shit.”)
13. Even Flow
(Ed tells the audience that there might be some rain coming and if there is any lightning they will have to stop for minute to make sure everything is safe. They don’t want any trouble at their show)
14. Come Back
15. Swallowed Whole
(Ed speaks in Portuguese. It seems to be about a friend in bad situation.)
16. Given To Fly (during the song the video screens show aerial footage of Sâo Paulo including the stadium)
17. Jeremy
18. Better Man/Save It For Later-(Charley, Cox, Morton, Steele, Wakeling)
(during Better Man the wind blows the rain onto the stage)
19. Rearviewmirror

Encore Break 1 (the band takes and extended break so spot light operators can climb down out of the truss and things can be secured and dried off.)
(Ed introduces this as the 3rd song the band wrote/recorded)
20. Footsteps
(Ed addresses the band in Portuguese)
21. Imagine-(Lennon) (lots of lights in the audience)
22. Sirens (sing along outro)
(“One more quiet one, one more quiet one.”)
23. Whipping
24. I Am Mine
25. Blood
26. Porch

Encore Break 2

27. Comatose
28. State Of Love And Trust
29. Black/It’s OK-(Cole) (during the outro Ed sings “we didn’t belong together”. He also sings “It’s OK” as tag a couple of times)
30. Alive (Mike plays guitar at the barricade)
31. Rockin’ In The Free World-(Young)
32. Yellow Ledbetter
(after saying goodbye and thanking São Paulo Ed calls the band back on stage for one more song)
33. All Along The Watchtower-(Dylan)

Pearl Jam put on another legendary performance last night in Porto Alegre, Brazil at Arena Do Grêmio. The band covered Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” with Eddie Vedder on piano, performed an epic version of “Jeremy” in the rain, and Eddie Vedder put on a flag that seemingly turned him into ‘Super Ed.’ See videos and the full setlist below!

Eddie cantando Rogers. #pearl #pearljam #pj #comfortablynumb #eddie #eddievedder #rock #grunge #instagram #portoalegre #poa

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Que noite! @pearljam @jerusamm #bomdemais #comfortablynumb #muitoamor #eddievedder

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Três horas de show sensacionais!! #pearljam #eddievedder #pearljamnobrasil

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#PearlJamPortoAlegre2015 #PearlJam

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Sea posted the following report on PearlJam.com’s forums:

Set List
01. Pendulum
02. Release
03. Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town
04. Mind Your Manners
05. Animal
06. Do The Evolution
07. Interstellar Overdrive-(Barrett, Mason, Waters, Wright)
08. Corduroy
09. Lightning Bolt
(Ed ask the audience how they are doing. Addressing sections and noting that the louder ones are doing better. He then addresses the crowd in Portuguese.)
10. Faithfull
11. Even Flow
(Ed claims that as soon as Mike was born he threw his first guitar pick. He then claims that Matt was born holding a pair of drumsticks which was certainly uncomfortable for his mother. Ed then addresses the crowd in Portuguese.)
12. I Got Id
13. Lukin
14. Not For You/Modern Girl-(Sleater Kinney)
15. Sirens -(sing along outro)
(“Before we fell in love with a woman…or a man, our first love was [records]” Ed indicates his distaste for mp3’s and appears unenthusiastic regarding CDs.)
16. Let The Records Play
17. Spin The Black Circle
18. Rearviewmirror

Encore Break 1

19. Last Kiss-(Cochran)
(During the song Ed climbs down to the lower level in front of the stage and sings. He is handed a Brazilian flag and a sign or note)
20. Hard To Imagine
21. Wishlist
22. Jeremy
23. Glorified G
(after the song Ed tells Matt he has a big fan in the front. The young man is holding a sign asking for drum sticks. Matt comes down to read the sign and they get the sticks to the fan. Ed says they also have the fan set up for “after”.)
(Ed gets the audience to sing Happy Birthday in Portuguese to his wife Jill.)
23. Better Man/Save It For Later-(Charley, Cox, Morton, Steele, Wakeling) (during the guitar solo Ed works Mike’s whammy bar. “Save It” tag has actual verse and chorus not just “run away/let me down”)
23. Go
24. Porch

Encore Break 2
(Ed thanks the audience and talks about how the venue is safe and even though it isn’t full it feels full. He also thanks the opening band ‘Wannabe Jalva’ He then speaks in Portuguese and introduces the next song by Roger Waters)
25. Comfortably Numb-(Gilmour, Waters) {Ed plays piano for the outro guitar solo while Boom plays Organ. Possibly the first time Ed has played piano live on stage with Pearl Jam}
26. Why Go
27. Given To Fly (“this is for Diane, Matt and Jeff)”
28. Black (at the end of Black Ed lies on his back with his head hanging upside down off the stage and reaches to the audience)
29. Alive
30. Fuckin’ Up-(Young)
31. Yellow Ledbetter
(Ed thanks the audience. Jeff opens some champagne.)

Eddie Vedder has been giving Dave Grohl a run for his money on Pearl Jam’s Latin American tour for the title of Nicest Guy in Rock and Roll, with Vedder being photographed with over 30 fans, seen below via @PearlJamOnline and other fan Instagram accounts. Check out photos (and a video) of Vedder with fans in Porto Alegre below.

#EddieVedder with @PearlJam fans in Porto Alegre. 11/9/2015. #PJPortoAlegre #PJLatinAmerica2015

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#eddievedder #pearljam #pearljamenargentina

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Vacaciones #PJBuenosAires #EddieVedder #PJLatinAmerica2015

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Eddie Vedder took a stand against gender violence at Pearl Jam’s show in Buenos Aires over the weekend. Vedder held a sign on stage that said: “Ni una menos” (No woman less). ‘Ni una menos’ an Argentinian feminist movement to stop gender violence and femicides. He had an optimist way of seeing it: “With the amount of women I see in the rows and in the fence, and how everyone is respecting them, I’d say we’re getting at it.”

Vedder definitely loved the Buenos Aires fans, as he ran into the audience to shake fans hands during “Porch.” Watch video and read the setlist below!

Setlist from PearlJam.com forums:
01. Pendulum
02. Low Light
03. Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town
04. Mind Your Manners
05. Do The Evolution (when the audience sings along to Stone’s guitar part Ed shouts “You got this. I think you wrote this.”)
(In between songs Ed sings “yeah, yeah” and the audience sings it back to him. He tries a few things going high and low and the crowd repeats it back)
06. All Night
07. Once (During ‘Once’ Ed jumps down onto the lower deck of the stage in front of the monitors, moving towards the barricade and sings the outro)
08. Dissident
(after the song the audience starts singing something that has the words Olé, olé, olé Ola San Diego. After the audience finishes the song Ed addresses them in English and Spanish)
09. Lightning Bolt
(Ed thanks the audience and the opening band Capsula, “thanks for being a great audience to for them and thanks to them for being a great band for us.” He mentions that they are originally from Buenos Aires but have been away for a long time. They flew in from Spain just for this show. He says the next song is for them.)
10. Given To Fly
11. Swallowed Whole
(“This song we played at our very first show, which will be 25 years ago in one month. And we are here to prove that we play it better now than we did then.” Mike’s gesture indicates he agrees.)
12. Even Flow
(after the song the crowd continues to sing the part they sang through the the end of “Even Flow”. Ed says, “I think this crowd is our favorite band.”)
13. Sirens-(sing along outro)
(“So this one’s for Seattle.”)
14. Grievance
(Ed describes pulling up to the venue today and all the people lined up outside. He spotted a young girl about the same age as his daughter. He describes what she was wearing and how she put her hands to her face in excitement and then waved. He wished the band could have stopped and jumped out but they were in a long line of cars. He then thanks the audience for coming to the show and thanks the mom for bringing the girl to the show and says he wishes he could have met her. He (dedicates Daughter to the little girl Ed saw as they were pulling up to the venue.)
15. Daughter/ Blitzkrieg Bop-(Ramones)/ WMA. just the lyric “Hey Ho, Let’s go” for Blitzkrieg
16. Unthought Known
17. Immortality
18. Life Wasted
19. Rearviewmirror

Encore Break 1
(Ed talks about “we” meaning the band and crew and “some of you as well” meaning the audience have had a very rough year and lost people that they loved. He tells the Argentinians that it means so much being received so well by them. “It means a lot and even more now.”)

20. Footsteps (Ed has security give the harmonica he was playing to a woman at the barricade. She appears to be very moved. Her reaction is shown on the video screens)
21. Imagine-(Lennon) {Lots of cell phone lights and lighters held up by the audience}
(Ed addresses the crowd in Spanish. He talks about how his first trip to South American was with the Ramones.)
22. Corduroy
23. I Believe In Miracles-(Ramone, Ray)
24. Jeremy
25. Porch (Ed runs to the wings of the stage and dances. Jeff lays on his back on the stage and continues to play. Ed puts on a Chicago cubs helmet and goes down between the barricades towards front of house shaking hands)

Encore Break 2

(Ed notes that there are lot of women down front at the barricade and comments “that means it is safe down there and people are looking out for each other. That is not always the case.” He praises the strong women and men that are taking care of each other.
He asks for a camera to show the sign he is holding. It says “Ni Una Menos” Ed implores people to end gender based violence and for people to stand up for women everywhere.
The next two songs seem to tie in to his comments)

26. Leaving Here-(Holland, Holland, Dozier)
27. Betterman/Save It For Later-(Charley, Cox, Morton, Steele, Wakeling) {just the lyrics “Don’t Run Away, Don’t Let Me down}
28. Red Mosquito
29. Black (audience continues to sing and clap the outro after the band stops playing. Only Stone continues to quietly continue strumming. Gradually slowing down)
30. Blood /Atomic Dog-(Clinton, Shider, Spradley) (just a couple the “bow wow” lines)
31. Alive
32. Baba O’Riley-(Townshend)
33. Indifference

Eddie Vedder took a stand against gender violence at Pearl Jam’s show in Buenos Aires over the weekend. Vedder held a sign on stage that said: “Ni una menos” (No woman less). ‘Ni una menos’ an Argentinian feminist movement to stop gender violence and femicides. He had an optimist way of seeing it: “With the amount of women I see in the rows and in the fence, and how everyone is respecting them, I’d say we’re getting at it.”

Vedder definitely loved the Buenos Aires fans, as he ran into the audience to shake fans hands during “Porch.” Watch video and read the setlist below!

Setlist from PearlJam.com forums:
01. Pendulum
02. Low Light
03. Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town
04. Mind Your Manners
05. Do The Evolution (when the audience sings along to Stone’s guitar part Ed shouts “You got this. I think you wrote this.”)
(In between songs Ed sings “yeah, yeah” and the audience sings it back to him. He tries a few things going high and low and the crowd repeats it back)
06. All Night
07. Once (During ‘Once’ Ed jumps down onto the lower deck of the stage in front of the monitors, moving towards the barricade and sings the outro)
08. Dissident
(after the song the audience starts singing something that has the words Olé, olé, olé Ola San Diego. After the audience finishes the song Ed addresses them in English and Spanish)
09. Lightning Bolt
(Ed thanks the audience and the opening band Capsula, “thanks for being a great audience to for them and thanks to them for being a great band for us.” He mentions that they are originally from Buenos Aires but have been away for a long time. They flew in from Spain just for this show. He says the next song is for them.)
10. Given To Fly
11. Swallowed Whole
(“This song we played at our very first show, which will be 25 years ago in one month. And we are here to prove that we play it better now than we did then.” Mike’s gesture indicates he agrees.)
12. Even Flow
(after the song the crowd continues to sing the part they sang through the the end of “Even Flow”. Ed says, “I think this crowd is our favorite band.”)
13. Sirens-(sing along outro)
(“So this one’s for Seattle.”)
14. Grievance
(Ed describes pulling up to the venue today and all the people lined up outside. He spotted a young girl about the same age as his daughter. He describes what she was wearing and how she put her hands to her face in excitement and then waved. He wished the band could have stopped and jumped out but they were in a long line of cars. He then thanks the audience for coming to the show and thanks the mom for bringing the girl to the show and says he wishes he could have met her. He (dedicates Daughter to the little girl Ed saw as they were pulling up to the venue.)
15. Daughter/ Blitzkrieg Bop-(Ramones)/ WMA. just the lyric “Hey Ho, Let’s go” for Blitzkrieg
16. Unthought Known
17. Immortality
18. Life Wasted
19. Rearviewmirror

Encore Break 1
(Ed talks about “we” meaning the band and crew and “some of you as well” meaning the audience have had a very rough year and lost people that they loved. He tells the Argentinians that it means so much being received so well by them. “It means a lot and even more now.”)

20. Footsteps (Ed has security give the harmonica he was playing to a woman at the barricade. She appears to be very moved. Her reaction is shown on the video screens)
21. Imagine-(Lennon) {Lots of cell phone lights and lighters held up by the audience}
(Ed addresses the crowd in Spanish. He talks about how his first trip to South American was with the Ramones.)
22. Corduroy
23. I Believe In Miracles-(Ramone, Ray)
24. Jeremy
25. Porch (Ed runs to the wings of the stage and dances. Jeff lays on his back on the stage and continues to play. Ed puts on a Chicago cubs helmet and goes down between the barricades towards front of house shaking hands)

Encore Break 2

(Ed notes that there are lot of women down front at the barricade and comments “that means it is safe down there and people are looking out for each other. That is not always the case.” He praises the strong women and men that are taking care of each other.
He asks for a camera to show the sign he is holding. It says “Ni Una Menos” Ed implores people to end gender based violence and for people to stand up for women everywhere.
The next two songs seem to tie in to his comments)

26. Leaving Here-(Holland, Holland, Dozier)
27. Betterman/Save It For Later-(Charley, Cox, Morton, Steele, Wakeling) {just the lyrics “Don’t Run Away, Don’t Let Me down}
28. Red Mosquito
29. Black (audience continues to sing and clap the outro after the band stops playing. Only Stone continues to quietly continue strumming. Gradually slowing down)
30. Blood /Atomic Dog-(Clinton, Shider, Spradley) (just a couple the “bow wow” lines)
31. Alive
32. Baba O’Riley-(Townshend)
33. Indifference

While yours truly was recently interviewing Ian Anderson (former singer/flautist for Jethro Tull) for BraveWords, the chat took a turn towards discussing Tull’s classic 1969 release, Stand Up. And surprisingly, Mr. Anderson mentioned a certain renowned grunge singer who was a fan:

“You could have also asked Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam, because apparently that was his favorite album. He used to take it to Pearl Jam gigs and play it before every show, so he told one of my road crew, when they went to see him in concert.”

Anderson is currently on the road performing a rock opera entitled…Jethro Tull: The Rock Opera, for which dates can be viewed here.

Eddie Vedder arrived in Chile over the weekend ahead of Pearl Jam’s 2015 Latin American tour, and Vedder was spotted wearing a Pearl Jam Chicago Cubs shirt, still showing loyalty to his beloved Cubbies following their elimination from the MLB playoffs. See photos of Vedder arriving below, via Pearl Jam Chile.

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Recently, we published an article titled ’10 Pearl Jam Songs To Keep Cubs’ World Series Hopes Alive’ as Eddie Vedder’s favorite baseball team was fighting to keep their season alive. The Cubs ended up losing, and some readers were upset with Alternative Nation’s bias towards the Chicago Cubs over the New York Mets in the NLCS.

So in order to uphold the fairness doctrine, we have decided to publish Alternative Nation commenter Felonious Punk’s list of Pearl Jam songs the Cubs (and their fans) might be listening to right about now to help deal the loss and Back to the Future Part II’s prediction not coming to fruition.

10. Parting Ways

9. Let Me Sleep

8. Soon Forget

7. Hard To Imagine

6. Unemployable

5. Off He Goes

4. I Got Shit

3. Swallowed Whole

2. No Way

1. The End

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder and former Chicago Blackhawk Chris Chelios dropped by The Lodge in Chicago after a disappointing Cubs loss on Tuesday to the New York Mets in the NLCS. Vedder and Chelios served drinks from behind the bar. He also interacted with fans before the game. Vedder hung out with Kevin Millar from the 2004 World Champion Boston Red Sox before Wednesday’s game.

During a recent interview with WMMR, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell was asked about Andy Wood having passed away just as Mother Love Bone was on the verge of breaking out commercially, and if had that not happened Pearl Jam never would have existed. Cornell gave his thoughts on if Eddie Vedder would still had cultural influence with his music had Pearl Jam never formed, as transcribed by Alternative Nation.

“Yeah, the thought crossed my mind I think before. For sure, I think Eddie’s creative output would have obviously come to be in a way that affects popular culture no matter what. I can’t imagine that that wouldn’t have happened, it just wouldn’t have happened in that way. I think that’s probably a difficult thing to kind of sit and think about, when you’re close to the person that’s died, that somehow their passing has made way for another forum that becomes really important (laughs), it’s sort of tough. But it’s definitely something that I’ve thought about, I’m not going to pretend that didn’t occur to me at some point.”

He also discussed living with Andy Wood.

“The funny thing is he ended up being my roommate because I called Stone Gossard and said, ‘My brother just left, and I need a roommate. Do you want to be my roommate?’ He’s like, ‘No, that’s alright, I’m pretty happy still living at home.’ I don’t know how old we were, we were still pretty young. Then he said, ‘You should call my buddy Andy.’ I kind of knew him, a little bit. I think he was looking for a place to stay in town because there’s an island thing going on in Seattle. There’s a big difference between being on an island and being in town. So I called him, and he moved in.

It was fun, because we were sort of having a friendly competition as singer-songwriters the whole time. I had a 4-track and I would record him, we were both writing songs all of the time. He was almost the opposite of me, in terms of how he dealt with his own sort of creative output. He seemed to have no editing voice in his head at all, he was just free, and he’d kind of write and record anything, and not really analyze it too much. I was sort of the opposite, I had an editorial staff in my head, arguing about what I’m doing.

I took that definitely from him as a lesson to just chill out and be creative and let someone else judge it, or judge it later, but don’t have that sort of circumvent the process in the moment. Like starting to work on a song and being like, ‘Oh no, this probably sucks. It sucks.’ The other dangerous one: ‘This is the fucking best song anyone has ever written.’ That’s where the argument comes in, then the other voice: ‘Uh uh, no it isn’t.’ ‘Yes it is!’ ‘No it isn’t!’ Then the third voice: ‘It doesn’t have to be either of those things!'”