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- Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder Covers Bradley Cooper’s ‘A Star Is Born’ Ballad
- Hear Bradley Cooper Sing A New Jason Isbell Song In A Star Is Born
- Check out Eddie Vedder performing ‘Maybe It’s Time’ from ‘A Star Is Born’
- ABC News Radio
- Eddie Vedder on his solo soundtrack work
- The 10 best Pearl Jam Covers
Life imitated art imitating life Sunday as Eddie Vedder covered the A Star Is Born song “Maybe It’s Time” during his set at Tempe, Arizona’s Innings Festival. Bradley Cooper’s Jackson Maine, a character that was partly inspired by the Pearl Jam singer, performs the Jason Isbell-penned track in the film.
“This is about another guy from here,” Vedder prefaced before his acoustic rendition; the Jackson Maine character is from Arizona in the film.
In an interview leading up to the release of the Oscar-nominated film, Cooper revealed he leaned on Vedder for insight into the rock star persona when scripting the Maine character, asking “9,000 questions” of the Pearl Jam singer.
“ gave me minor, little things that only musicians know about what to do, just aesthetically and the inner workings,” Cooper said; the actor-director also said Vedder discouraged Cooper from remaking A Star Is Born. “Bro, don’t do that,” Vedder told him.
Upon hearing that Vedder covered “Maybe It’s Time,” Isbell tweeted, “Holy shit Eddie Vedder sang my Bradley Cooper song in his set tonight. That is by far the strangest sentence I’ve ever composed, but it’s certainly a huge honor. I was 12 when ‘Ten’ came out and by god I learned how to play every song on it.”
Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder Covers Bradley Cooper’s ‘A Star Is Born’ Ballad
Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder has covered Bradley Cooper’s tearjerker from A Star Is Born after the actor’s charged Oscars duet with Lady Gaga had music lovers speculating of romance among the film’s co-stars.
In fan footage found on Instagram, the Seattle grunge icon is seen belting Cooper’s sorrowful “Maybe It’s Time” from the Star Is Born soundtrack, the live cover perhaps performed as a nod to the leading man’s movie inspiration.
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After all, the actor’s solo stunner, a modest No. 93 on Billboard’s Hot 100, is taken from the movie that was partially inspired by the Pearl Jam vocalist in the first place. Cooper sought Vedder’s insider insight to help him mold his character for the big screen.
“I went up to Seattle and spent four or five days with him,” he told Yahoo last year, “and I asked him 9,000 questions, and he gave me minor, little things that only musicians know about what to do, just aesthetically and the inner workings.”
In the above concert clip, which appears to have been taken at this past weekend’s Innings Festival in Tempe, Arizona, Vedder is seen giving the earthy number a faithful run-through via large, outdoor video screen.
Last week, Vedder’s early-90s supergroup Temple of the Dog got a strange shout-out from a WWE wrestler. Pearl Jam are currently at work on their upcoming 11th studio album, their first since 2013’s Lightning Bolt.
Bradley Cooper’s “Maybe It’s Time” from A Star Is Born
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Hear Bradley Cooper Sing A New Jason Isbell Song In A Star Is Born
The A Star Is Born soundtrack is out now, and one of its best songs is “Maybe It’s Time,” a barebones country song penned by none other than Jason Isbell. The former Drive By Trucker, Twitter genius, and alt-country living legend’s contribution to the soundtrack is performed by Bradley Cooper in character as Jackson Maine, a fading heartland rocker who struggles with alcoholism and drug addiction, and who falls in love with Lady Gaga’s Ally character while helping her achieve her dreams of pop stardom.
Talking to Rolling Stone, Cooper said “Maybe It’s Time” played a key role in the creation of the rest of the soundtrack: “The song Jason Isbell wrote for Jackson became the staple, the sword with which a lot of the music spawned from me.” Cooper collaborated with Lukas Nelson on most of the other Jackson Maine material.
You’ve heard part of “Maybe It’s Time” if you’ve seen the A Star Is Born trailer, but now that the soundtrack is out, you can hear the whole song. Listen below — along with the rest of the album, if you want — and let us know whether “Maybe It’s Time” would’ve held its own on The Nashville Sound.
A Star Is Born is in theaters today, and the soundtrack is out now via Interscope.
Check out Eddie Vedder performing ‘Maybe It’s Time’ from ‘A Star Is Born’
Eddie Vedder has delivered a stunning cover of ‘Maybe It’s Time’, from the chart-topping A Star Is Born soundtrack.
Back in 2018, Bradley Cooper released his remake of the classic film, A Star Is Born. Featuring Cooper and Lady Gaga in the lead roles, the film has gone on to become a stunning success, winning the Academy Award for Best Original Song for ‘Shallow’ in the process.
Meanwhile, the soundtrack itself has received widespread acclaim as well, topping charts the world over as fans find themselves enamoured with the film’s songs.
Now, it sounds as though Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder is a rather huge fan of the film as well, covering the Jason Isbell-penned ‘Maybe It’s Time’ at his recent performance in Arizona.
Reacting to this news, Jason Isbell could barely contain his excitement. “Holy shit Eddie Vedder sang my Bradley Cooper song in his set tonight,” he wrote on Twitter. “That is by far the strangest sentence I’ve ever composed but it’s certainly a huge honor.”
“I was 12 when Ten came out and by god I learned how to play every song on it.”
Check out Eddie Vedder performing ‘Maybe It’s Time’:
However, Eddie Vedder’s decision to cover the song might not be all that strange, especially considering Bradley Cooper’s role of Jackson Maine was based on Vedder himself.
Speaking during a press junket last year, Cooper explained that he became good friends with Eddie Vedder, using the Pearl Jam frontman as a source to help prepare himself for the lead role in the film.
“I went up to Seattle and spent four or five days with him and I asked him 9,000 questions,” Cooper explained. “And he gave me minor, little things that only musicians know about what to do, just aesthetically and the inner workings.”
However, when Eddie Vedder learnt that Bradley Cooper was planning to actually sing in the film, he was less than impressed. “He thought it was crazy I was going to do this movie,” Cooper noted. “He was like, ‘What? Bro, don’t do that.’”
Despite Vedder’s initial objections, it seems as though it all paid off in the end though, with the film bringing in more than $429 million at the box office to date.
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ABC/Craig SjodinThe Who headlined a special show at London’s Wembley Stadium over the weekend, and Eddie Vedder performed an opening solo set. During The Who’s main set, the English rock legends invited the Pearl Jam frontman on stage to sing the Quadrophenia album cut “The Punk and the Godfather.”
Prior to the performance, vocalist Roger Daltrey asked Vedder, “What one were you? You were also the one with the stutter?” — a reference to the track’s lyrics.
“No, I’m still the punk,” Vedder responded.
You can watch fan-shot footage of the collaboration now on YouTube.
Vedder is a noted Who fanatic, and has performed with them live several times over the years. According to Rolling Stone, he’s previously said that Quadrophenia “saved life,” and is one of his favorite albums.
During Vedder’s opening set, he played a number of Pearl Jam songs, as well as a cover of Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.”
“We’re going to have a big dose of Freddie Mercury,” Vedder said as he introduced the tune. “‘Cause it’s hard to be up here and not think of him.”
The Who will bring their Moving On! tour to North America starting in September. Openers for those dates include ex-Oasis vocalist Liam Gallagher, J. Geils Band singer Peter Wolf and indie-blues group Reignwolf.
Eddie Vedder on his solo soundtrack work
After 17 years fronting Pearl Jam, Eddie Vedder is stepping out on his own this fall, writing and recording solo tracks for two movie soundtracks. The first, Into the Wild, is Sean Penn’s adaptation of the Jon Krakauer book — the expansive, true story of the life and death of 24-year-old Chris McCandless (played by Emile Hirsch). The second film is Body of War, a documentary co-directed by Ellen Spiro and Phil Donahue that takes a bracing look at the Iraq War through the prism of Tomas Young, a 25-year-old veteran of the conflict who was paralyzed after serving just five days. Given this sudden burst of movie madness, we grabbed a couple minutes to chat with Vedder during an NYC pit stop on his way to Body‘s Sept. 11 Toronto Film Festival premiere. Always thoughtful — and slightly sleepy, thanks to an all-nighter he’d just pulled with Penn — here’s what the socially conscious Seattleite had on his mind.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: I heard you guys stayed up until 5:30.
That’s a rumor. No, Sean likes to stay up late. So I’ve got a comrade. Good things get talked about at 5 in the morning. You don’t remember them, but it’s fun while it happens.
Is your friendship with Sean at the heart of your Into the Wild participation?
Yeah, I might have thought about it differently if it was someone else. With this, there was no thought whatsoever. We’d just finished touring with Pearl Jam, and Sean called my second day off or something. So I read the book, and right away it was like, This is not gonna be a stretch. Sean very casually showed up at the house a couple days later — at my door, as if he lived down the street and just walked down — and we watched it together. It was beautiful, and I wept, and it was tremendous. I didn’t know what he needed me for, cause it was great. I remember watching it the first time — it was just me and Sean sitting on the floor watching, you know, with a pack of smokes — and I just wanted to say, like, How’d you get that shot? Wait, did that really happen? Were those wild horses? That grizzly bear, how’d you do that? So it was really difficult to not say a word. The whole thing to me was incredibly moving. And getting into head, it’s very blatant that this is the last kid that would ever want a movie made about him, and how dangerous that would be to who he was and how he led his life, to be commercialized or trivialized. Thank God it was Sean who did this.
You hadn’t read the book previously?
No. Everyone else I knew had.
It’s one of those books you read in college and decide you’re going to throw away your whole stupid life and run off to the woods and die.
Yeah — or live. Learn from his few mistakes. We were talking about it a bit last night. I think it will not only affect people who did that stuff, who relate to that because they did something similar, but it’ll affect people who didn’t do it, and are wondering why they didn’t, having lost that chance.
One does get older and realize you’re way too immersed in your life to chuck it all and go hike the Appalachian Trail or whatever.
It’s amazing how quickly you can break out, though. You can. It’s right there at all times. The edge is closer than we think. You can put yourself out there in a few hours. And you can always come back, most of the time. Sean and I did about 100 miles through the Grand Canyon a few weeks ago, in kayaks, and came out at Lake Mead. We had a river guide, this great person called Brian Dierker, who plays Rainey in the movie. He doesn’t do commercial trips, he just takes geologists and scientists through there — Sean cast him after they scouted places to shoot. And Sean really took responsibility in the scouting, to the point where if there’s a scene in a tent in the desert, that tent is put exactly where Chris put it. They used photos and lined things up with the mountains, lined it up with the shoreline. And without disturbing the land, they would shoot. They didn’t have to do that. They could have used a backlot or something. You realize it’s not just that Sean made this great movie with these great people, but they had a f—ing hell of a time doing it. It was an adventure, just making it. So the kid had an adventure, and then Sean and the crew and Emile had an adventure.
And you’ve written the soundtrack for the adventure. Did you set out to essentially score the film?
Sean just said, ”Whatever you wanna do. Maybe it’s music, maybe it’s a song.” So I spent three days giving him colors that I could paint with. Different sounds. It would be pump organ and vocal, or it would be an uptempo song. I just gave him 25 minutes of music, stuff I felt that were colors on the palette. And I really didn’t think anything was gonna come out of it. Maybe a little piece or something. As much as I wanted to serve Sean and the project, I just had really low expectations. But instead of saying, ”Okay, cool, I might use one thing, thanks for trying,” Sean called and was like, ”I’ve already put two pieces in, if you can give me like five or six more, it could be the interior voice of the character.” I said, ”Let’s do it.”
Did you write from inside Chris’ head, or were the landscapes more your inspiration?
After I saw it initially, Sean sent me different parts, the silent versions. So I think I wrote to whatever that little thing required. There were a lot of boundaries, compared to writing an album with the band, which could be about anything. Like, ”It is one minute 30 seconds long, and you want the lyrics to drop out here so the talking can go over it.” All these boundaries were absolutely welcome, ’cause it made it real easy.
As a parent, it’s gotta be hard to see Into the Wild — watching this kid turn his back on his family.
I think parents will learn a lot from this. I think even if they haven’t done anything wrong…yet…it’s gonna have a profound effect. It’s hard to get through a kid’s life without f—ing them up. And no matter how good you are, at some point your kids are gonna have to create their own independence and think that Mom and Dad aren’t cool, just to establish themselves. That’s what adolescence is about. They’re gonna go through that no matter what. And I think that’ll be an interesting time. I’m thinking about it myself. These are troubled times, too. Do you force your kids to pay attention to what’s going on, or do you let them live their lives outside of it? My hope is that my child is a strong activist. That would make me most proud.
What if she rebels against your liberal politics and becomes a neo-con?
Aaaah… I don’t think so. I really don’t. Just knowing her now? It would be shocking. It’s certainly not in her nature now. She’s 3 years old — that’s like the height of liberalism. Liberalism comes naturally.
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When it comes to artists writing and recording material for movie soundtracks a lot of the time they can be hit or miss. It can either be a good idea for the artist or writers of any given movie. With Eddie Vedder coming to Dublin next month i thought it would be idea to discuss the Pearl Jam’frontmans debut solo/soundtrack album.
I guess it all comes down to how good the movie can be vs its musical writer. The first time i heard Eddie Vedder’s Into The Wild Soundtrack i was mesmerised.
With Vedder being the lead singer of one of the most successful Rock band’s in history Pearl Jam at the time i felt this could be a bad move. But i was wrong.
Into The Wild is still a fascinating movie and soundtrack
The movie tells the story of Christopher McCandless who is played by Emile Hirsh, in 1992 he arrives in a remote area just north of the Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska. Noting Chris’ unpreparedness, the stranger who drops him off lends him a pair of boots.
Chris travels into the wilderness and sets up a campsite in an abandoned city bus , which he calls “The Magic Bus”. At first, McCandless is content with the isolation, the beauty of nature around him, and the thrill of living off the land. He hunts with a .22 caliber rifle, reads books, and keeps a diary of his thoughts as he prepares himself for a new life in the wild.
Two years earlier, in May 1990, McCandless graduates with high honors from Emory University. Shortly afterwards, McCandless rejects his conventional life by destroying all of his credit cards and identification documents. He donates nearly all of his savings to OxFam and sets out on a cross-country drive in his Datsun 210 to experience life in the wilderness. McCandless does not tell his parents, Walt and Billie McCandless, or his sister Carine what he is doing or where he is going. He refuses to keep in touch with them after his departure, causing his parents to become increasingly anxious and eventually desperate.
Kirsten Stewart and Emile Hersch sharing a moment in “Into The Wild”
Other than the rather excellent soundtrack the movie is a great example of somebody who simply wants to start from the beginning. Give up on the day to day rat race. The movie was also written by actor Sean Penn.
The album itself is Vedder’s first official solo album. After viewing a rough cut of Into the Wild, Vedder quickly went to work writing songs for the film.After three days, Vedder gave Penn a range of material to work with. Penn placed into the film what Vedder had given him, and Vedder then went on to work on more material that Penn could add to the film.
Vedder said that Penn “gave a lot of freedom,” and added that “the biggest thing was trust, which was just kind of unspoken.” Vedder also said that having to write songs based on a narrative “simplified things.” He said, “There were fewer choices. The story was there and the scenes were there.”Vedder said that the songwriting process “grew” as Penn would ask him for more material.
Vedder promoted the Into the Wild soundtrack with his first solo tour, which began in April 2008.
To many the soundtrack really makes the movie and without it the movie may have gone unknown or unheard of! Eddie Vedder will be back in Dublin next month for a solo show with Irish artist Glen Hansard.
The real Christopher McCandless who spent a number of months in his Magic Bus before he was found dead
Seeing Eddie Vedder perform live with Pearl Jam is far and away one of the best concerts you’ll ever see. It’s an unforgettable experience and I highly recommend everyone try it at least once in their lives. The amount of footage of Eddie Vedder performing live is limitless but somehow little gems always crop up once in a while. This is a gem I had to share with you. It’s a video that’s literally only gotten 75 views on Youtube (the 75th was probably me). It’s a 15 minute video of Vedder singing the soundtrack to a movie he scored by the name of Into the Wild.
Into the Wild is a movie based on a true story. Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch), son of wealthy parents (Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt), graduates from Emory University as a top student and athlete. However, instead of embarking on a prestigious and profitable career, he chooses to give his savings to charity, rid himself of his possessions, and set out on a journey to the Alaskan wilderness.
It was what I considered the finest performance of Hirsch’s career and an amazing film (directed by Sean Penn). Anyway, the film was beautifully scored by Vedder and hearing him perform it live is just another example of Vedder’s greatness as a musician. Check it out below:
P.S. this clip is from a much larger film called “Water on the Road.” This is the full DVD:
The 10 best Pearl Jam Covers
I like music and you like music, and sometimes I am a sucker for a good cover song.
Hall of Famers and greatest band in the history of the world, Pearl Jam, are one of those bands that can pull off a cover so well you’d almost think it was their song to begin with.
Check out the ten (see what I did there) best PJ covers ever below, and let me know if I missed any.
*I did not count any of the covers they would perform during the interlude of Daughter, otherwise we’d be here forever!
**Random Manley fact, I’ve actually seen every one of these performed live, most proud of #9!
That time Eddie Vedder sold Mariners tickets
10. Gremmie Out Of Control
One of the first PJ cover songs that revealed the softer side of the band.
9. Little Wing/Maggot Brain
This makes the list because it was performed at the first Pearl Jam concert I ever went to. The rumor after the show was that after the show, Mike had to be given an IV backstage after suffering from exhaustion. That probably isn’t true, but I choose to believe!
8. Kick Out The Jams
The band started performing this during their last tour, dig around the internet for the version with Dave Grohl!
7. Whip It
Back in 2009, Eddie and the boys were playing on Halloween and decided to not only cover Devo, but to dress as them as well!
6. You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away
You can find this on the I Am Sam soundtrack along with a bunch of other awesome Beatles covers.
5. Masters Of War
They covered this one so well they were invited to perform it at Dylan’s 30th-anniversary concert.
4. Sonic Reducer
When I was a kid, I was convinced that Sonic Reducer was some Seattle punk band’s tribute to the Sonics and the coolest thing ever. That was before Wikipedia, so give me a break, you guys! Regardless, it remains my all time favorite PJ cover, even if its only #4 on this list.
3. Crazy Mary
PJ originally recorded this Victoria Williams song during their Vs sessions, but it’s probably more famous for the song that Eddie would sing while sharing wine with the crowd at live shows.
2. Baba O’riley
Hey speaking of live shows…..watch any video of this one and you will see an entire arena/ampitheatre completely losing their ish while singing “Baba” at the top of their lungs. I’m convinced Pete Townsend’s ears burn everytime they play it, no matter where he is.
1. Last Kiss
You’ve heard the story by now right? Eddie was record shopping in Fremont and came across the original version of the song. It then became the band’s traditional fan club single in 1998. It then became the band’s biggest hit. I KNOW, RIGHT? Not “Jeremy” or “Even Flow” or frickin’ “Alive”…”Last Kiss.” And for that it has to be the #1 Pearl Jam cover of all time.
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‘The Best Ever’ series counts down our favorite covers of great artists.
To quote a Bruce song, this list has been a long time comin’. After all, twelve years ago we borrowed one of his song titles to name this site (a song that, surprisingly, doesn’t actually get covered very often). And over those twelve years, we’ve posted hundreds, maybe thousands, of Bruce covers: “Full Albums” tributes to Born in the U.S.A., Darkness at the Edge of Town, and Tunnel of Love; tributes to the tributes, honoring several classic Boss tribute records; a spotlight on the best “Born to Run” covers; and a million news posts. It’s time to pull it all together.
Appropriately enough for a man whose concerts routinely top three hours, this list is long. Fifty covers long, and even then we still found ourselves left with dozens of killer bonus tracks for our Patreon supporters. The hits are all here, of course, but Bruce’s catalog runs deep. This list includes many covers of lesser-known cuts and more recent songs – even one from his just-released solo album Western Stars. Though he turns 70 today, the man is not slowing down, and neither are the artists paying tribute to him. As Bruce famously sang, he learned more from a three-minute record than ever learned in school. Well, here are fifty artists who learned something from his three-minute records.
The list starts on Page 2.