Vedder Battles Flu For Pearl Jam GigBy WENN
Monday, November 23, 2009
EDDIE VEDDER braved a bad bout of influenza to play a PEARL JAM concert for thrilled fans in Sydney, Australia on Sunday (22Nov09).
The rocker was concerned he wouldn’t be able to perform because of his illness and at the start of the show warned fans in the 40,000-strong crowd his voice wasn’t in peak condition.
But he managed to battle through the virus and the scorching heat at the Sydney Football Stadium - and even surprised ticketholders by collaborating with support act Liam Finn on the Hunters & Collectors’ classic Throw Your Arms Around Me.
The star also conquered his sore throat to put in a guest performance on Under Pressure during Ben Harper’s set with new band Relentless7.
The night’s most emotional moment came as Vedder brought a fan who almost lost her life in a car accident onstage to sing a special Happy Birthday tribute to her.