Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder Sings ‘Happy Birthday’ to His Mom Onstage
Pearl Jam are one of the most successful rock acts, spending a tremendous amount of time on the road. While living the dream is certainly great, life on the road often means missing out on a lot of family time, especially special events. Singer Eddie Vedder might have missed his mother's birthday, but he definitely found a way to make it up to her!
During Pearl Jam's April 21 performance on Columbia, S.C., Vedder took the time to sit down between songs and talk with the arena crowd. In the video above, he is seen holding up a 'VEDDER' license plate that a fan up front had handed to him, joking, "Did you make that in prison?" before handing it back. He then points to a woman, asking her if she knows the score to the Chicago Cubs game, who responds that the the singer's favorite baseball team is winning 13 - 0 and receives another update correcting the score to 16 - 0.
Asking the crowd if he can sneak in a favor for himself, he explains that the day "is the birthday of a woman that I really, really love — it's my mom," which was met with adoring "awww's" from the crowd as well as an applause and whistling. He continues, "I'll get her the tape, she’s on west coast time, so she’ll hear it before the day ends and it'll make me look like not quite such an a--hole of a son."
Vedder asks the crowd, "Can you sing this one for Karen Vedder?" With a mandolin in his lap, he counts the crowd in and the entire venue belts out "Happy Birthday" in unison. The singer drops out at times, leaving the crowd to do all the work and their collective booming voices resonate loudly throughout the arena.
Quite the family man, Vedder released a humorous collaboration with his daughter Harper earlier this week. The two covered the Batman theme song together, which the frontman premiered on SiriusXM's Pearl Jam station.
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