Music fans at the opening night of the Ohana Festival in Dana Point, California, enjoyed a bonus performance when Eddie Vedder made a surprise appearance onstage to join Friday-night headliners The Strokes.
The Pearl Jam frontman, who’s scheduled to headline the festival on Saturday, sat in with the band to handle vocals on two songs, Pearl Jam deep cut “Hard to Imagine” and The Strokes’ “Juicebox”.
As Consequence of Sound reports, Vedder shared some brief remarks with the audience.
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“[Strokes frontman] Julian [Casablancas] asked if I would join the fellas here,” he said. “One of the reasons I accepted is because it would give me the opportunity to thank all the great artists here today, especially The Strokes.”
Before launching into “Hard to Imagine”, Vedder dedicated the song to gun control activists.
“They’ve asked to do a version of this song, and I’d like to dedicate it to all the people in Everytown, Mom’s Demand Action, and Student’s Demand Action, who are working so hard for common sense gun laws,” he continued. “Respect the right of ownership, but also preserve our right to feel safe in our towns, our communities, our schools, and our homes. We will persevere!”
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You can watch Vedder’s performance in fan-shot video above.