Eddie Vedder Debuts New Song in Brazil: Listen

By Kevin Rutherford

Eddie Vedder has been a busy man, releasing Pearl Jam‘s newest album, Lightning Bolt, last October. He’s also been embarking on some lucrative solo gigs, including a 32-song set in Sao Paolo, Brazil, earlier this week.

During that show, which featured Neil Young and Ramones covers in addition to a few duets with Glen HansardConsequence of Sound reports, Vedder debuted a brand new song — which, to add to its intrigue, has no name.

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“I’ll play this song, then I’ll go learn it,” the frontman quips before breaking into the all-acoustic number, which fans are dubbing “I Won’t Hold On.”

Though the bumps in the road are obvious — it’s a new tune, after all — the song certainly shows promise as a tender ballad, featuring expressive Vedder vocals posed against simple, steady acoustic guitar.

The setlist also included multiple Pearl Jam tracks — “Better Man” and “Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town,” for instance. Hansard joined the singer on a number of tunes, including a cover of his own “Falling Slowly,” while Vedder kicked off the set with “The Moon Song,” Karen O’s pleasant tune from the Her soundtrack.

Vedder has a pair of dates left on his current solo tour of Brazil before Pearl Jam begins a European tour in June. Currently, their only U.S. is scheduled to be the Austin City Limits Music Festival this October.


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