Thank you, Eddie Vedder!

by Conrad on July 23, 2011

Funny the doors that stories can open. Those of you who have read ADIOS, NIRVANA may recall that Eddie Vedder (of Pearl Jam fame) is a character in the book. He mentors the twin brothers, Jonathan and Telly, who call on him to advise them in choosing a guitar.

I’ve never met Eddie Vedder. However, last fall, I dropped off a copy of the book at the school his daughter attends. It’s the same school my kids attended, and I know many on the staff. I asked the Director of Admissions, “Hey, can you pass this along, if he ever shows up?” I inscribed it: “To Ed Vedder, who inspired the brothers in this book–and the author.” Or something like that.

Last Thursday, I received this e-mail:

Hi Conrad,

My name is Noelle Broom. I am Eddie Vedder’s assistant. He has asked me to get in touch with you, regarding his concert at Benaroya Hall Friday and Saturday night. I apologize for the last minute inquiry, but Ed was wondering if you would like to attend the concert either tomorrow or Saturday night. If this is something you’d be interested in, please let me know. I can be reached via email, or on my cell phone.

I hope this finds you well. I look forward to talking with you soon.

Thanks so much,

Noelle Broom

A friend and I attended the Friday concert. It was brilliant! One of the best ever. I didn’t meet him backstage or anything, but I didn’t care.

Eddie covered Pearl Jam, the “Into the Wild” songs, and many ukulele tunes. He must’ve played a dozen different guitars, plus uke, banjo, mandolin, and harmonica. My favorite was an a capella hum-chant he did toward the end of the evening. His voice rose and looped back on itself, track upon track, until he was five voices, like five hawks spiraling. When he slipped off stage, the voices kept going up and up.

An unforgettable night.

Thank you, Eddie Vedder!

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