It doesn’t get much sweeter than this for Eddie Vedder and his friends from C Average.Over the summer, Vedder and C Average performed a Who tribute show, with each musician dressed as one of the original members of the legendary British rock group (see “Pearl Jam Prepares to Record New Album” ). Now Vedder and the C Average guys will be opening for the real deal when Townshend reunites with Who-mates Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle for a show at the House Of Blues in Chicago, Illinois on November 13, according to Pearl Jam’s official Sony-hosted Synergy Web site. Townshend, Daltrey, and Entwistle will be accompanied by drummer Zak Starkey, the son of Beatle Ringo Starr. (The Who’s original drummer, Keith Moon, died in 1978.) The concert will benefit the Maryville Academy, a charity for disadvantaged children that the Who’s Pete Townshend often works with. Vedder has been spending a good amount of time with both
Townshend and his pals in C Average lately; however, he isn’t cutting his Pearl Jam bandmates out of the Who-related fun. Pearl Jam and the Who will be sharing the bill at this year’s Neil Young-organized annual Bridge School Benefit Concert. Those concerts will be held at the Shoreline Amphitheater in San Francisco on October 30 and 31. That show will also feature performances by Neil Young, Smashing Pumpkins Billy Corgan and James Iha, Green Day, Sheryl Crow, Lucinda Williams, former Beach Boy Brian Wilson, and on October 30 only, Tom Waits (see “The Who, Tom Waits In; CSNY Out For Bridge School Benefit” ).
— Brian Ives