Who’s on First? Pearl Jam
August 29, 2008 3 Comments
Having been a huge fan of Pearl Jam during my em, formative years I gained an appreciation for who appears to be lead singer Ed Vedder’s main influence, The Who.
Ran across Ed and the Boys covering a couple of Who classics (Love Reign O’er Me and The Real Me, both from the album Quadrophenia) for some VH1 show.
Their rendition of The Real Me is probably one of the best covers (unoriginal, for original see Cornell’s rendition of “Billie Jean”) that I’ve heard.
PJ bassist Jeff Ament’s masterful imitation of Entwhistle’s lead bassin’ is flawless (that Ament cannot remain glued to one spot on the stage, as Entwhistle did, is another matter).
Perhaps the best part of the whole thing is guitarist Stone Gossard trying to get his loosegroove on.
Stone is so unhip that he’s hip. When his less famous band, Brad, came to H-town I went to check it out and was mildy pleased. Though I felt bad for the poor guy and his bandmates.
They had to endure requests to play Pearl Jam classics like “Jeremy”, “Evenflow” and “Yellow Ledbetter”.
They didn’t wince too badly, I’m sure they were used to it.