Tip my hat to the new constitution

It's never too late to start a new career,

It’s never too late to start a new career,

Long-term Chicago Cubs sufferer supporter Eddie Vedder was recently honoured with his own Topps baseball card – like Panini stickers but, well, um, for baseball. And a fine dash he cuts too, pitching at Wrigley Field last summer.

Vedder at The Who gig.

Vedder at The Who gig.

Vedder had a busy autumn (yes, bit behind as ever…): coming over to London for The Who at 50 celebration at Shepherd’s Bush on 11 November. The gig was to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust. Vedder joined the band onstage for ‘Naked Eye’, ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ and ‘Listening to You’. The middle one of these is belting; Vedder is in Who fan heaven.

To raise money for EB Research, he also played a solo gig on 30 October to 90 extremely lucky fans at the Microsoft Seattle campus (setlist below, with his usual engaging range of solo and PJ originals and covers of the likes of Dylan and Young). It doesn’t seem possible to get hold of a bootleg currently, though I’m itching to hear it and will keep an eye out.

Vedder's solo gig for 90 very lucky fans (two in shot, the other 88 probably over to the left). Photo courtesy Consequence of Sound.

Vedder’s solo gig for 90 very lucky fans (two in shot, the other 88 somewhere over to the left).

Congratulations also to Pearl Jam for winning only their second Grammy, this one for best recording package for Lightning Bolt.*

pearl-jam-lightning-bolt

The packaging is indeed impressive: gatefold vinyl with a cutaway front cover, a lush booklet, stickers, plus there’s an image for each song on the back cover and in the booklet, although I’ve since found that the 12 images together are a bit much for pc wallpaper. PJ have always put a lot of care into their album designs, especially on vinyl, though it’s somewhat secondary to the music itself!

Great images, but a bit overwhelming as pc wallpaper…

Great images, but a bit overwhelming as pc wallpaper…

Set: Trouble, Dead Man, Girl From the North Country, Soon Forget, Can’t Keep, Sleeping by Myself, Without You, Needle and the Damage Done, Far Behind, Setting Forth, Guaranteed, Rise, Take It With Me, Better Man, Just Breathe, Immortality, Ukulele Anthem, Porch, Hard Sun

Encore: Imagine, Rockin’ in the Free World

* The band are hitting 2 from 15 for Grammy nominations; their previous Grammy came in 1996 for Best Hard Rock Performance (you have to say those words pompously and with a mid-Atlantic drawl for full effect) for ‘Spin the Black Circle’.

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