Eddie Vedder saw his ‘bolt of life’ before his eyes with COVID-19
During Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder’s solo performance in Los Angeles last week (February 25), the musician explained that he had a “serious” case of COVID-19 several weeks ago, saying that he had even seen his life “light up” before his eyes during the experience.
Vedder shared as much during his solo band’s Feb. 25 show, Eddie Vedder and the Earthlings, at the YouTube Theater in Inglewood, Calif. The gig was the penultimate leg of Vedder’s brief U.S. tour in the spring behind earthlinghis new solo album.
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During the concert, Vedder once again invited his daughter Olivia on stage to perform their collaborative track, “My Father’s Daughter”. He also covered Tom Petty and The Police with his band which includes Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Josh Klinghoffer (Pearl Jam, ex-RHCP) and Andrew Watt (producer for Ozzy Osbourne, Post Malone, etc.), more LA-specific special guests Stewart Copeland (The Police) and Benmont Tench (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers). (via Spin)
Waving to the crowd as Olivia came on stage to join him, Vedder told the audience, “I just wanted her to take a second to watch this because it’s very rare. It’s amazing. I got COVID right before we had to start practicing, about five or six weeks ago, and I literally saw my life flash before my eyes.” (via Ultimate Classic Rock)
He continued: “It was pretty serious. And going through that and then being back in a room like this, facing so many people facing this direction, listening to us – really, really, it’s been a gift and an honor.”
Vedder Crue review
Last month, whether intentionally or not, Vedder started a war of words with Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx after criticizing Crue and 1980s hair metal.
On January 31, Vedder The New York Times Magazine stated that he “despises” most hair metal of this era. He chose Motley Crue and their 1987 single “Girls, Girls, Girls” from the album of the same name.
6x retaliated on Twitter on February 5, calling Pearl Jam “one of the most annoying bands in history” and mocking of Vedder’s singing style. pearl jam responded with a tongue-in-cheek tweet on Feb. 6 that read, “We [love] our annoyed fans.” It included a video of cheering onlookers at a Pearl Jam show.
Vedder hit Motley Crue again during the singer’s performance of Pearl Jam on February 6 in Newark, NJ at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Before a drum solo from Smith, Vedder seemingly invoked the theatricality of Motley Crue, particularly drummer Tommy Lee’s often elaborate setups. He told the audience, “This drum kit – this beautiful silver machine that it’s the engine of – doesn’t need to rise or spin to do its job. Let me point that out.”
Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam later offered a defense of Crue, explaining that other members of Pearl Jam enjoyed this style of hard rock and saying that he bought Crue’s first independent album.