April 28, 1995 |
Eddie Vedder made an undeclared appearance at the Trocadero Wednesday night playing drums with the art-noise band, Hovercraft, led by his wife, Beth Liebling. So as not to upstage his mate, the Pearl Jam leader at first showed in dark glasses and a wig. But by the second set - when he jammed for an hour with ex- Nirvanans Dave Grohl and Pat Smear plus legendary punk bassist Mike Watt - he gave in to "Ed-die" chants and doffed the disguise. Swilling a Yuengling Lager, Vedder's only words to the crowd were: "I haven't been in Philadelphia for a while.
June 27, 2011 |
In his now 20-year role as Pearl Jam's vocalist and lyricist, Eddie Vedder has been regarded as brooding, obtuse, intelligent, and intense. What he has probably never been thought of, until now, is charming. It is through his new solo efforts, the live Water on the Road Blu-ray and the sweet and aptly titled Ukulele Songs , that his levels of gracefulness have become apparent. During his sold-out solo show Saturday at the Tower Theater, with opener Glen Hansard and a few special guests, the elegant manner in which Vedder embraced songs old, new, borrowed, and blue was mesmerizing in a way that bested even his weightier performances with Pearl Jam. For all this allure and panache, Vedder never lacked for aggression.
November 10, 2002 |
Eddie Vedder looks out at the canyons of Manhattan from the top-floor balcony of the SoHo Grand Hotel. This has been his perch for 10 days, his refuge while finishing the artwork and beginning promotion for Pearl Jam's seventh studio album in 11 years, Riot Act. The singer and songwriter is on intimate terms with the office towers and high-rise apartments in the distance, not to mention the massive hole nearby, where the twin towers stood....
July 3, 1995 |
Current modern-rock staple Green Apple Quick Step is one of the more promising candidates in the less-than-promising genre known as "modern rock. " On Friday, the Seattle quintet, concentrating on material from their latest album, the mostly forgettable Related (Medicine), began a series of appearances in Philadelphia before a midsized, enthusiastic crowd at J.C. Dobbs. (The group will appear Friday at the Khyber Pass Pub.) The playing of guitarists Steve Ross and Dan Klempthorne and the unassuming vocals of bassist Mari Anne Braeden gave energy to the brief set at Dobbs.
April 30, 2003 |
There's a level of trust between Pearl Jam and its audience that has become virtually unheard of among big acts and their fans. Pearl Jam's members know they can open a sold-out arena gig - such as Monday's 2 3/4-hour marathon at the First Union Spectrum - with the Southern Gothic strum of Victoria Williams' "Crazy Mary" and not lose the frothing crowd. The audience obliges the band, sensing that the sonic butt-kicking it craves - like the white-knuckle double shot of "Spin the Black Circle" and "Hail Hail" that quickly followed - will be just around the corner.
October 3, 2005 |
It's been a dozen years since Pearl Jam, with Nirvana, stood at the center of the culture as Seattle's godheads of grunge. As he made clear during the band's sold-out show Friday at the Borgata Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, Eddie Vedder is keenly aware of that passage of time. "We don't need to be crowd-surfing like it was some video from 1992," the 40-year-old singer said as he surveyed a sea of jostling bodies. "We're all older, smarter, and perhaps more fragile now. " And, he might have added, still able to command a mass audience hungry for muscled-up rock-and-roll.
September 4, 2000 |
Ever since the mega-platinum success of Ten, Pearl Jam's fist-pumping 1991 debut, the band has been atoning for the sin of popularity. The great thorn in the side of frontman Eddie Vedder is that Pearl Jam is loved by the people Kurt Cobain hated - the well-adjusted, reasonably privileged, high- fivin' white guys - so the albums got weirder: less anthemic, more personal and idiosyncratic. The magazine cover story offers were politely declined, and videomaking was completely sworn off. As such, Pearl Jam managed to downsize its audience to a manageable million or two, shaking loose the emotional tourists and the pop culture sheep.
June 13, 2009 |
Eddie Vedder is a golden god to that sector of the rock-audience demographic that loves sports as much as it loves music. On Thursday night, the first of a two-night sold-out solo stand at the Tower Theater, Vedder regaled the crowd with tales of soul-brother handshakes with Dr. J and bar-hopping during the NBA Finals with Sean Penn and Jack Nicholson (wherein a beautiful woman walks up to Jack and asks if he wants to dance, and Jack responds that...
May 29, 2006 |
The most "alternative" thing about Pearl Jam in 1992 was the band's hometown. Alt-rock's heavy punk-indie hybrid style was born in Seattle, so any group with four Seattleites must be alternative - even if frontman Eddie Vedder was a California surfer dude, even if their riffs were the stuff of conventional hard rock. Throughout the '90s, however, the band struggled admirably to live up to that tag's musical and social implications, growing rawer yet more experimental, and adopting a staunch anticorporate stance.
December 4, 2015 |
Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, the Kansas City, Mo., family band that played World Cafe Live on Tuesday night, didn't spring out of nowhere. It might seem like it, thanks to the success of its 2015 debut album, Skeleton Crew . But back when Madisen, now 26, was a child, mother Ruth Ward used to be a standards-singing, guitar-playing folkie. Son learned the classics from mother - and he came up with his own mix of folk and soul, writing songs that twined her velvety vocals and his big, rough-edged voice as one. Sitting stage-front with candles at their feet (and a shot of Bulleit whiskey at arm's length for Mama)