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12 Incredible Eddie Vedder Duets

May 25, 2016 by Alyssa

Eddie Vedder Live

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder is one of the most recognizable vocal powerhouses in modern music. Outside of his work with Pearl Jam, Vedder has been a sought-after voice in rock and roll and beyond, joining numerous stars on stage to spice up their top hits and to cover fellow greats from decades past.

Although it’s hard to choose from the many great collaborations the Pearl Jam star has done in the past, here are our picks for the best Eddie Vedder duets in concert.

“Comfortably Numb” with Roger Waters

Roger Waters is undeniably one of classic rock’s greatest songwriters, and his live performances of “The Wall” continue to draw sold-out crowds around the world. At a benefit concert in 2012, Waters invited Vedder on stage to help perform the iconic song “Comfortably Numb.”


“Falling Slowly” with Glen Hansard

The song “Falling Slowly” was originally written, and performed as a duet, by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová for the film “Once.” In the live clip below Vedder stands in for Irglová, giving this Academy Award-winning song a totally new sound.


“Good Woman” with Cat Power

On Vedder’s 2011 album “Ukulele Songs,” Cat Power joined him for the duet “Tonight You Belong to Me.” At this 2013 concert, though, the two artists performed “Good Woman” together, one of Cat Power’s earlier songs.


“Highway to Hell” with Bruce Springsteen

Another rock great, Bruce Springsteen has joined forces with Eddie Vedder numerous times on stage over the years. In the video below, the two stars were visiting Australia and treated the audience to a cover of “Highway to Hell” from Aussie greats AC/DC.


“Little Sister” with Queens of the Stone Age

During a Lollapalooza set in Chile, Vedder teamed up with the hard rockers of Queens of the Stone Age to perform the band’s biggest hit, “Little Sister.” In addition to sharing vocal duties, Vedder plays the song’s distinct cowbell part.


“Man on the Moon” with R.E.M.

Collaborative performances are a regular feature at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, so when Vedder inducted R.E.M. at the 2007 event, it was natural that he joined the group on stage. See Vedder and Michael Stipe’s duet of “Man on the Moon” below.


“Redemption Song” with Beyoncé

Every fall the Global Citizen Festival brings together music icons with the goal of ending poverty, and in 2015 Vedder shared the stage with Beyoncé for a rare duet. See the unlikely team cover Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” in the video below.


“Rockin’ in the Free World” with U2

In 2006 rock history was made when Pearl Jam and U2 combined forces on stage at the Make Poverty History concert. The Irish and American rockers powered through a performance of Neil Young’s classic “Rockin’ in the Free World.”


“Under Pressure” with Ben Harper

A frequent collaborator himself, it makes sense that Eddie Vedder would choose to cover “Under Pressure,” one of the most popular duets of all time, in concert. At the 2010 Hard Rock Calling festival, Vedder joined the eclectic Ben Harper on stage to sing the legendary song.


“The Waiting” with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Vedder’s voice fits perfectly on Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ “The Waiting,” and in this live performance he completely nails the performance with a little help from Tom Petty.


“Wild Horses” with the Rolling Stones

Pearl Jam and the Rolling Stones are both hugely influential rock groups of their generations, so it’s no wonder the two forces have worked together in concert. In this clip, you can see Vedder and Mick Jagger team up on the Stones’ low-key hit “Wild Horses.”


“You Can Close Your Eyes” with Natalie Maines

James Taylor’s song “You Can Close Your Eyes” is a far cry from Pearl Jam’s early work, but Vedder’s piercing voice tackles the song perfectly in this moving duet with Dixie Chicks frontwoman Natalie Maines.

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