“This is the last place I thought I’d be when I woke up today, opening for Guns N’ Roses."
--Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam
Guns N' Roses and Pearl Jam were two of the biggest bands in the world back in the early 1990s. The original Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan is a Seattle native with close ties to the punk movement from which grunge was created. But, the similarities between the two bands stop right there.
The difference between the bands' lead singers is particularly stark. Eddie Vedder and Axl Rose are completely different when it comes to writing styles, voices, and attitude.
Eddie was a late add to the concert which benefited Neil Young's Bridge School which educates children with severe speech and physical impairments. There were two nights of music. Neil Young, Guns N' Roses, Jack White, The Flaming Lips, and Foster The Peoplewere among the scheduled performers. But, Eddie Vedder made a surprise appearance just before the Guns N' Roses set. He played two songs, Last Kiss and Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town.