Eddie Vedder Says He Had 2 Reasons for Climbing the Rafters During Early Pearl Jam Shows

Eddie Vedder has broken out of the early days of Pearl Jam. Now he sits on stage with a guitar and sings his music. When the famous grunge band began touring in the 90s, Vedder would often climb the stage rafters and jump into the audience. The behavior had two motivations, which Vedder now recklessly admits.

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Vedder appeared on it Howard Stern Exhibition on November 2, where even Stern expressed his concern for Vedder ‘s abusive behavior. Vedder explained his two reasons for his acrobatic dangers in the early days of Pearl Jam.

Eddie Vedder had a dream of climbing theaters long before Pearl Jam

First, Vedder explained that he spent a lot of time in music halls as a member of the audience. In between shows, he would look up.

“I would be at the Metro in Chicago or you would be in one of those decorated theaters [decor] and a king and queen’s hut on each side and curtains and all that, ”said Vedder. “While I wait for the band, between them, wait and wait I would look at that stuff and leave, ‘It would be fun to climb that curtain. and then jumped into that red velvet king and queen hut. Then you would get to the middle and you could hang that light thing, make a few monkey bars and then move into the crowd near where the soundboard is. ‘”

When Vedder found himself on stage with Pearl Jam, he couldn’t resist staying out of fashion.

Eddie Vedder on sparran
Eddie Vedder | Paul Bergen / Redferns

“That was my outside of conveying the meaning of a song and getting everyone to live with me right now,” Vedder said. “I didn’t mean to endanger their health and safety at the same time. Most of the times, it’s amazing that it worked out almost every time. There was no lawsuit for broken fingers or anything. ”

Eddie Vedder no longer has to climb the rafters

As a mature singer, and a father of children, Vedder would no longer take such physical risks. He also says that he is performing in a different environment now that he would not be entitled to such old things.

This was our first time too. You’ve been pent. This is the job you have been wanting all your life and you will gain insight to make an impact for better or worse. Maybe he was just going around silly. Also, I had to say, this also came at a time when you were going to rock punk shows and Fishbone and Angelo [Moore]jumping in the crowd with his saxophone and getting over it. You see the Clash, you see Ramones. Everyone climbs onto the platform, jumps off the platform, throws backwards, kicks in the head, grabs the ground. Someone steps on your hair, someone pulls you up, they rip your hair, then you go back and do it again. I think it was part of the art form. Throwing yourself off a balcony to a crowd was not the most unusual thing.

Eddie Vedder, Howard Stern Exhibition, 1/2/2020

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