Pearl Jam Releases Jay Z Collab, Rolling Stones Cover On Holiday Single
By Brian Ives
For well over a year, Pearl Jam and Jay Z fans have been wondering when their on-stage collaboration at 2012′s Made In America festival in Philadelphia would see the light of day. That day has come: Pearl Jam Ten Club members found that performance on 7″ vinyl in their mailboxes this week as the A-side to their annual Holiday single.
At the second night of Hova’s inaugural MIA event, he joined the Seattle legends on stage for his rap-rock classic “99 Problems.” And while Pearl Jam typically releases all of their concerts as official bootlegs, that show have never been released, most likely because of that collab. While a little bit of that performance made it to the Ron Howard-directed documentary of the festival’s first year, the full performance has never been made available.
The B-side of the single features frontman Eddie Vedder duetting with actress Jeanne Tripplehorn on the Rolling Stones’ “Shattered,” with Tripplehorn singing Mick Jagger’s parts. In her best Julie Andrews voice. Vedder does the Keith Richards sha-doob-a-dee parts. Don’t ask: instead just check out the video that Pearl Jam has posted to their official YouTube page.
It’s a fun recording, and was for a good cause: it was recorded at a benefit for Heal EB, a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding a cure while raising awareness for Epidermolysis Bullosa, a rare disease that causes blisters after the mildest trauma. Learn more about the organization at their official website. Vedder’s wife Jill is a founder of the organization, and Eddie is on the board as well.
Neither of these recordings were “firsts” though: before jamming with Jay, Pearl Jam’s first hip-hop collaboration was with Cypress Hill on “Real Thing” from the soundtrack to the 1993 film Judgement Night (although Vedder doesn’t appear on the song). Meanwhile, “Shattered” doesn’t represent the singer’s first duet with a famous actress: he previously shared the mic with Susan Sarandon on “Croon Spoon,” from the 1999 film Cradle Will Rock.