At the height of Pearl Jam's popularity, Eddie Vedder never would have appeared on a TV show. Even more than Kurt Cobain or Axl Rose, both of whom he was outselling, Vedder defied all notions of a rock star in the limelight.
He refused interviews. Pearl Jam stopped making music videos. The band
sued (and for a while, boycotted) America's biggest ticket-selling
monopoly. Their drummer was fired for liking his job too much. Time and Rolling Stone scrambled to track down Vedder's acquaintances for any sort of insight into the world's biggest rock star. FM Radio was dominated with Pearl Jam songs that the band wouldn't even release singles for.
As the '00s rolled in, Vedder seemingly changed his stance on fame. He became a much more receptive interviewee, contributed to some high-profile film soundtracks and even authorized a Cameron Crowe documentary about Pearl Jam. These days, whether he's stepping up to address social concerns or blowing away arenas all over the world, it's clear that he's grown into his position as one of the world's most emulated performers. I, for one, am happy that he's at ease.
Enjoy this recent "Portlandia" subplot, starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein: