Every surprise Eddie Vedder appearance ranked

April 5, 2017

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What does Eddie Vedder do when he gets bored in Seattle? He crashes other people's concerts and events, and he's been doing it for so long that it's pretty much a habit. 

Though you don't know when or where he's going to pop up, when he does it's always perfect and always quintisentially Eddie. 

To rank each of his surprise appearances, I consulted Manley, the world's biggest Pearl Jam fan, who always seems to go to the concerts you'd expect Vedder to pop up, but miss the ones where you wouldn't.

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9. Jack White, Eddie Vedder and Paul Simon catch a ballgame in Seattle (2014)
While not a surprise "appearance" per say, this day might have been pretty important. Two years before Pearl Jam played a surprise gig at Jack White's Third Man Records in Nashville, Vedder, White, and Paul Simon all caught some sunny afternoon baseball in Seattle. 

8. Vedder shows up to Adam Sandler's comedy show to cover The Who (2016)
This was a weird one and definitely falls into the category of "wait, why this?" My best guest is back in 1994, Pearl Jam was the musical guest on SNL and shot the main promos with Sandler, who did a great impersonation of Vedder a la "Even Flow." When Sandler came to Seattle with Vedder in town, the rekindled the humor when covering "My Generation" by The Who.

7. Vedder surprises Easy Street crowd on "stage" with The Sonics (2015)
Tacoma legends met the Seattle legend for a tiny (and I mean tiny) gig at Easy Street on Record Store Day in 2015. Vedder has a long history with Easy Street (see #1 on this list), so next time you see an exclusive show announced at the location, you might not want to skip it.

6. Vedder plays Police with Sting and Peter Gabriel (2016)
In 2016 at Key Arena, Eddie popped in to play two Police songs ("Driven to Tears" and "Red Rain") with both Sting AND Peter Gabriel.

5. Eddie surprises Easy Street crowd during John Doe performance
A week after a face-melting show for 150 at Easy Street where X's John Doe joined Vedder and crew for a song, Vedder returned the favor to help cover X's song "Poor Girl."

4. Vedder covers Pink Floyd with Jack Irons for a bunch of Red Hot Chili Peppers Fans (2017)
Jack Irons (the first Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer and one-time drummer for Pearl Jam) opened for Red Hot Chili Peppers, but Vedder joined Irons on stage, surprising the Seattle audience with a cover of Pink Floyd's "Shine On You Crazy Diamonds."

3. Eddie Vedder joins a majority of Foo Fighters at Mike Watt show
Gregr – “Just a day away from playing a show in a garage in Gig Harbor, the Foo Fighters were in town. Mike Watt, legendary bassist for Foo Fighters, played that evening at The Triple Door and I get a call from a pal saying they had put me on the list because something cool was about to happen. Sure enough, 30 minutes later I’m standing in the back, and the dude in a hat standing next to me is Eddie Vedder! Ed, Dave Grohl, Pat Smear and Mike Watt played together for ten minutes in homage to music they had worked on back in the 90’s. What a trip!”

2. Bruce Springsteen brings out Eddie Vedder at Key Arena (2016)
Bruce and Eddie do this a lot, but it was especially awesome to see the The Boss on stage in Seattle at Key Arena with Vedder to play "Bobby Jean."

1. Eddie sells Mariners playoff tickets at Easy St. Records

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