Eddie Vedder’s childhood dream turned into reality last night when he sang “The Punk and The Godfather” with The Who at Wembley Stadium. The song was released in 1973 on the band’s classic Quadrophenia album when Vedder was only nine. The singer claimed in a RollingStone interview that it “saved” him.
“It saved my life… It was something I could catch because for some reason it seemed like I could not relate to anyone in the world,” Vedder said.
A fan in the crowd filmed the performance and Vedder’s face clearly showed expressions of awe and shock as he sang along with The Who’s lead singer, Roger Daltrey. The legendary singer welcomed Vedder on stage by saying “[Vedder is] going to share this song with me because he knows where it came from.”
Vedder joined The Who while they are in the midst of their “Moving On! Tour,” which will end in Edmonton, Alberta this fall. While on tour, Daltrey announced that he will most likely lose his voice within the next five years in an interview with Consequence of Sound.
However, the singer clarified that he has not experienced any weakening of his voice so far. On the other hand, Vedder has experience difficulties with his voice while touring.
Pearl Jam had to cancel their June 19 performance at the London O2 Arena when Vedder had to rest his vocal cords. This was the first time that Pearl Jam has ever canceled a tour, which left fans in shock.
Vedder is scheduled to headline at Ohana Festival this September in Dana Point, California.
Moving On! Tour dates:
May 7 Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI
May 9 KeyBank Center, Buffalo, NY
May 11 Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA
May 13 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
May 16 Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN
May 18 Ruoff Home Mortage Music Center, Noblesville, IN
May 21 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL
May 23 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre St. Louis, Maryland Heights, MO
May 25 Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA
May 28 Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI
May 30 PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
June 1 Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON
Sept 6 Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN
Sept 8 Alpine Valley Music Theatre, Alpine Valley, WI
Sept 10 Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Sept 13 Fenway Park, Boston, MA
Sept 15 Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY
Sept 18 State Farm Arena, Atlanta, GA
Sept 20 BB&T Center, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Sept 22 Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
Sept 25 Toyota Center, Houston, TX
Sept 27 American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
Sept 29 Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
Oct 11 Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA
Oct 13 Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA
Oct 16 Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
Oct 19 T-Mobile Park, Home of the Seattle Mariners, Seattle, WA
Oct 21 Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC
Oct 23 Rogers Place, Edmonton, AB
PHOTO CREDIT: Alyssa Fried