Eddie Vedder did a mix of originals and some interesting covers at a benefit concert Thursday in Chicago.
The Hot Stove, Cool Music benefit at The Metro was produced by Chicago Cubs president Theo Esptein and baseball writer Peter Gammons for their Foundation To Be Named Later charity. Vedder topped the bill of mostly Chicago musicians and was backed by a band that included Daxx Nielsen, the drummer from Cheap Trick (and son of Rick).
He did the Pearl Jam songs “Wishlist,” “Corduroy” and “Elederly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town,” and a wide range of covers including The Beatles’ “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away,” Talking Heads’ “Love > Building on Fire,” The Who’s “The Kids Are Alright,” The Band’s “The Weight” and Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb,” on which he played the piano.
Eddie Vedder is also teaming up with The Who again for charity. The Pearl Jam frontman will join Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend for a private benefit concert in Los Angeles on September 12.
Vedder, who is a well known Who fanatic, made an appearance at the Celebrating The Who event earlier this year, which also benefited Teen Cancer America. At the event, he joined Townshend and Daltrey for a rendition of “The Real Me.”