Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder Plays Surprise Set at Ohana Festival
Eddie Vedder wasn’t even planning on performing on Friday night (September 24) at his own Ohana Festival on the beach in Dana Point, Calif. His solo set was scheduled for tomorrow, with Pearl Jam set to close the event on Sunday.
But when the Kings of Leon headliners canceled at the last minute to be with their sick mother Betty Lou Murphy, who ultimately passed away on Friday morning, the frontman of Pearl Jam assembled his new solo group to fill the gap and has also presented her very first performance with her 17 year old daughter, Olivia.
The 11-song set followed a similar private performance at the beach-side festival site Thursday night for family and friends, and introduced the world to a new backing band from Vedder: the former guitarist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers Josh Klinghoffer (who is also now a touring member of Pearl Jam), revered session bassist Pino Palladino, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, singer / songwriter Glen Hansard and guitarist Andrew Watt, who is producing tracks on Vedder’s upcoming solo album, “Earthling”.
âWe’re kind of catching up here tonight,â Vedder said. With founding Pearl Jam members Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament watching from the stage, the band gave their own hard rock twist to “Porch”, slowly headed for “Long Road” and released an almost punk version. unrecognizable version of “Corduroy” similar to the Vedder version played a televised vaccine advantage this spring.
Vedder also paid tribute to the grieving camp of the Kings of Leon with a cover of the band’s “Molly’s Chambers”, which the musicians had learned hours earlier (a cover of Vaseline’s “Molly’s Lips”, later popularized by Nirvana , was also on the setlist but not played).
In another premiere, Olivia Vedder sang on stage as her father proudly watched “My Father’s Daughter”, which is featured on the soundtrack to Sean Penn’s recently released film “Flag Day”. Hansard took care of the lead vocals on “Tender Mercies”, another star in the “Flag Day” repertoire.
To close the set, the band teased part of Pearl Jam’s “Better Man”, but instead opted for a heart-wrenching version of the Pretenders’ “Precious”. For hardcore Pearl Jam historians, this choice was a nod to the fact that Vedder had tried in 1993 to gift âBetter Manâ to Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde to record for a charity album, but the session didn’t. was not to be, and the song has become one of Pearl Jam’s most enduring and recognizable songs.
Vedder and his company rehearsed for the first three days of the week to prepare for their set scheduled for Saturday, which sources say will feature a different set list than tonight’s impromptu performance.
Earlier today, the Ohana site was evacuated for over an hour when a rapidly approaching thunderstorm drenched the area. Once the rain had passed and the crowd returned, the Black Pumas restored the mood with soulful performances of tracks such as “Confines” and “Know You Better” from their self-titled debut album in 2019.
My morning jacket was next and capitalized on extended playing time to fiercely jam songs such as “Lay Low”, “Off the Record” and “Wasted”, the latter of the 2020 release “The Waterfall II” . The group, who have often shared bills with Pearl Jam in the past, will release their ninth studio album, an eponymous affair, on October 22.
Ohana continues today with performances by Hansard, Maggie Rogers, Mac Demarco and Spoon. Pearl Jam will headline the festival’s two âEncoreâ weekend nights on October 1-2.
Eddie Vedder’s set list:
“Long Road” (Pearl Jam)
“Molly’s Rooms” (Kings Of Leon)
“Porche” (pearl jam)
” My father’s daughter “
“I am one” (The Who)
“Corduroy” (pearl jam)
“Purple Rain” (Prince)