Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder is set to headline the Ohana festival on Saturday, but he made a surprise appearance on Friday for a small audience to cover The Beatles classic “Here Comes The Sun.” He did it shortly after the first fans were let in, so the audience was very small.
rustneversleeps posted on the PearlJam.com forums, “He’ll be dippin in all weekend. And theres maybe 25-50 people around.”
You can watch videos below. Vedder’s only other upcoming 2018 performance is scheduled for next month.
Vedder is set to perform at Cure’s 20th annual Chicago benefit on October 15, 2018 at Navy Pier in Chicago. Vedder will perform along with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band member Nils Lofgren and Broadway star Miguel Cervantes. Cervantes starred in Green Day’s Broadway Idiot, and has performed in Hamilton.
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Vedder frequently does charitable and kind acts for children facing hard times. A 13-year old Pearl Jam fan named Roarke who has fought brain cancer recently had his dream come true when he jammed with Eddie Vedder after a fan campaign to make a meeting happen.
Andrew Long tweeted on July 23rd, “My guitar student, Roarke, beat brain cancer a few months ago. Him and his family have been through Hell and back this year. He loves Pearl Jam and wants to meet them at Safeco next month. Retweet or spread the hashtag #RoarkeGetsVedder @Kevin_Martinez @Softykjr @Mariners.”
He wrote on August 7th, “Hey @PearlJam @MikeMcCreadyPJ @jillvedder77 so much good being done with #TheHomeShows, we know making space for this brain cancer warrior is a big ask. Pls help him meet his idols if you can. #PJHeals #NoOneFightsAlone #Mahalo2UBrothers.”
MLS soccer player Brad Evans tweeted about the story, and the story caught fire, and in Seattle at one of Pearl Jam’s Home Shows at Safeco Field, Roarke got his wish to meet Eddie Vedder. The meeting and jam session was described on social media posts.
“The moment Eddie Vedder asked Roarke to play his personal guitar for him. Look at his body language… like he’s impressed and honored by my 13-year-old kid. Such a kind soul. #RoarkeGetsVedder”
“Eddie asked his favorite song, Roarke says ‘Yellow Ledbetter. I learned to play it on the guitar.’ Eddie looks around says, “Can we get a guitar?” #PureMagic #PJheals #TheHomeShows #RoarkegetsVedder #WhenHeroesRAllUHopedTheyBe ❤️❤️❤️ @PearlJam @Jillvedder77 #AMillionMahalos.”
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You know it’s going to be a spectacular #Saturday when you start the morning watching #EddieVedder cover #TheBeatles. ? Seeing you perform live has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember, EV. Some day soon, Ed. Some day soon. ? #HereComesTheSun • #OhanaFest • #ukulele Clip CTO: @onetribefitness ?