The Pearl at the Palms hosted two amazing, sold-out performances by Eddie Vedder with special guest Glen Hansard, two of the most intimate shows in the venue’s history.
On Halloween night, two members of the crew who met on a previous Vedder/Hansard tour and ultimately married each other in Vegas last year were caught off guard with a surprise vow renewal on stage by the very same Elvis impersonator who married them last December.
On Thursday night, surprise guest Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks appeared on stage to sing “Golden State” with Vedder — a song they previously sang together at the West Memphis Three Rally earlier this summer. The track held special meaning because Jason Baldwin of West Memphis Three was in the audience with his wife. Vedder has been a long-time supporter, advocating of the release of the three for years.
Vedder, often speaking to the audience or telling stories, at one time talked about a charity he supports to find a cure for Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) and in reaction some audience members brought donations up to the stage, but it was one in particular that caught his attention. A lady offered a $5,000 donation for Vedder to perform the popular Pearl Jam hit “Black.” Before the night ended, Vedder made good on the agreement and performed the song alongside Boom Gaspar on the keys. Gaspar has been performing with Pearl Jam since the early 2000s.
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