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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Eddie Vedder Covers "Sugar Mountain"

Eddie Vedder covers "Sugar Mountain" by Neil Young in Toronto August 21, 2009 on YouTube.

Apparently, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists were slated to open the show but Leo ended up stuck at the border, resulting in just The Pharmacists. So Eddie did a few songs before the show started. This was followed by TNATDD.

A heads up that this video is rather -- how shall we say -- shakey.

The lead singer of the opening act couldn't get across the border so Eddie did a few songs before the show started.

"The Needle and The Damage Done"

Thanks Roel!

From Tens all around for Pearl Jam - The Sault Star - Ontario, CA:
"And while neither has gone through Young's massive Archives Vol. 1 box set from start to finish, Gossard says he's still amazed by the man Vedder calls 'Uncle Neil.'

'I just saw the American Masters thing and it's so shockingly good,' he says.

'He's one of a kind. He's really challenged everybody in terms of what's possible and how to stick to your guns and be totally relevant still. He's a total dreamer. He's very attached with manifesting his imagination. It's crazy.'"

On the 8/24 PJ concert at the Chicago's United Center from Turn It Up - A guided tour through the worlds of pop, rock and rap | Chicago Tribune | Blog:
"“The lead singer was only three or four years older than me,” he said, and then delivered a haunting, finger-picked version of Neil Young’s “The Needle and the Damage Done” in tribute to the late Michael Jackson."

From Pearl Jam pulls double duty in Toronto - The Globe and Mail:
"Singer Eddie Vedder casually walked on stage first with a smallish acoustic guitar, said “surprise, surprise,” spoke of his experience of once riding the Ferris wheel with iconic Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young at the nearby Canadian National Exhibition, and then gently strummed Young's Sugar Mountain , a song about carnival barkers, coloured balloons and leaving one's youth behind.

Saying he hoped he wouldn't misplay the next selection, Vedder then offered The Needle and the Damage Done , a sorrowful ode containing the line, “I sing the song because I love the man.” The impromptu performance came on a day in which Vedder had spoken to the Globe and Mail. Mostly he talked about Pearl Jam's forthcoming album Backspacer , but the subject of the mentoring Young was broached. “We learned a lot from Uncle Neil,” Vedder said. “Him adopting us as his nephews has taught [Pearl Jam] immeasurably, on numerous levels. Things about music and about humanity, either by watching him, or hearing what he comes up with, or by conversations we've had.”"

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At 8/22/2009 05:20:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's the summer of covers. And Eddie Vedder is a great folk singer.

At 8/22/2009 09:37:00 PM, Blogger Keith said...

Looks like he also did TNATDD after SM.

At 8/22/2009 10:40:00 PM, Blogger gobacktogo said...

Wow, that was fantastic!

At 8/23/2009 03:25:00 AM, Blogger astrololee said...

Last week I missed out of tickets to see PJ in Brissie and I'm Spewin'..Eddie may have even done this one in the setlist as a surprise!!!

At 8/23/2009 03:27:00 AM, Anonymous dr dip said...

Look, I luv people doin' covers of great songs, especially Neil's. It's soughta like showing respect for a great artist and his music.

I don't mind it when they change the tempo, the beat, the interpretation or the sound..What I do mind is when credible, great artists in their own right sing a cover of another great artist but CHANGE the lyrics or not know/sing the proper words to the song.!
Christ its not hard to learn them properly and it can take away the poignancy or the meaning in some cases. So unless there doing a parody there's no excuse or necessity not to sing them I being trivial?.. yeah probably..but its just a little gripe I've got about others bastardising classic songs' lyrics... go on shoot me down.... I luv a debate!!

P.S.thrash I've lost my Blog identity again! and i've done nothing to cause this so please forgive for posting as dr dip.

Whingy Dip

At 8/23/2009 09:21:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't say I've got a problem with cover variations.

That's what makes them interesting Another take on a classic. Otherwise, why bother? If you want a fiathful rendition, just to listen original.

Variety is the spice.

At 8/23/2009 02:55:00 PM, Blogger Keith said...

dr dip wrote: "Christ its not hard to learn them properly and it can take away the poignancy or the meaning in some cases".

Ever heard Eddie sing one of his OWN songs? He can't remember those either. Mumbled words and mixed up lines is his trademark.
BTW, these songs were performed on the fly as a preset because the opening band was stuck in customs. You might be able to forgive Eddie if he was unprepared.

At 8/23/2009 04:47:00 PM, Anonymous P-jammer said...

Whingy keep in mind that Eddie did this because the opening band didn't make it across the border.

So he probably just walked out onstage and thought now what should I play.

It's not like he had some setlist made up or lyrics printed out even.


At 8/24/2009 04:00:00 PM, Blogger Joe said...

Vedder played the same song last night in Chicago - solo again, but this time on electric guitar.

At 8/25/2009 02:45:00 AM, Anonymous dr dip said...

Thanks thrash, just let me hang!

luv dip

BTW I've reregistered twice now and it keeps on coming up that I've got to choose an identity..but it doesn't seem to make much difference anyway.. you still delete it either way.


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