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Eddie Vedder at 50: The Singer’s Best Guest Appearances

by Rob Slater on December 23, 2014

Today marks 50 years of life for one Edward Louis Severson III, affectionately known as Eddie Vedder. Throughout his time with Pearl Jam, Vedder has ascended to the rock stratosphere, cementing himself as one of the most unique and timeless rockers of all time.

While his work with Pearl Jam will forever speak for itself, Vedder also nails the occasional sit-in, so here are a few that rank among the best including a stirring "Comfortably Numb" from the 12/12/12 benefit show. Watch them all below.

"Comfortably Numb" w/Roger Waters

Vedder's lone appearance at the 12/12/12 concert may have been the highlight, as the singer completely immersed himself in the "Comfortably Numb" chorus with the type of passion and emotion we've come to expect.

"Light My Fire" w/The Doors

A young, upstart Vedder joined The Doors during their 1993 induction performance into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and, much like the "Comfortably Numb" appearance, made it his own rather than trying to emulate Jim Morrison.

Mike Watt w/Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl and Pat Smear

Mike Watt assembled rock royalty for his first solo record, Ball-Hog or Tugboat?. The album featured appearances from Henry Rollins, J Mascis and Eddie Vedder as well as members of Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys and more. For his touring band, Watt enlisted Vedder, Dave Grohl and Pat Smear throughout 1995, creating a one-of-a-kind melding of Seattle's two largest rock factions.

It's also worth noting that when Grohl and Vedder left Watt's touring band, he replaced them with Nels Cline and two other drummers. Not a bad move in the least. Here is the ensemble's surprise reunion in 2011.

"I'm One" w/The Who

One of the first moments in the Pearl Jam Twenty documentary that brings Vedder to tears is when he speaks of first meeting Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend. He remarks first meeting the members of The Who and being blown away by their praise of his work. Here's Vedder joining some of his heroes at Royal Albert Hall for "I'm One."

"Balls in Your Mouth" w/Jimmy Fallon

Because you'll never escape it, Ed.



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