Pearl Jam Members Rock for Charity in Seattle

By | May 18, 2004 at 12:00 AM

Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder played a surprise five-song solo set in Seattle Saturday as part of a benefit concert anchored by the rock group’s guitarist, Mike McCready.

The concert, at the Showbox club, raised about $16,000 for the local chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. McCready, who went public last year about his battle with Crohn’s, rounded up four friends for a set of UFO and Aerosmith covers. The show also featured Left Hand Smoke, Vast Capital and Brad, the latter featuring Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard.

Vedder offered solo takes on Pearl Jam’s “Parting Ways” “Man of the Hour” and “Porch,” as well as a cover of the Who’s “The Seeker.” He finished things off with a rare appearance behind the drums for perennial Pearl Jam concert closer “Yellow Ledbetter” featuring McCready and Gossard on guitar.