During their performance at Madison Square Garden last night (May 1st), Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam wished a friend of his a happy birthday with a little message and a cover of the Doobie Brothers hit “Takin’ It to the Streets.”
“I’ve got this friend, right? And I’ve known him long enough where he could give me some s***,” Vedder told The Garden crowd. “So we’re celebrating a big birthday for him and his request was so f***ed up. Just f***ed up. I was like, ‘That’s a bit gutsy, especially at the Garden. I don’t want f*** around when we’re playing the Garden.”
“He said, ‘Ed, I’ve known you a long time and you’re actually one of my favorite singers, but you’re not quite as good as this other guy,'” says Vedder’s friend, referring to former Doobie Brothers singer Michael McDonald. “I think he has a point. I mean, it’s not Lou Rawls. I’m not as good as Lou Rawls. But we’re just gonna play a second of it. Happy birthday, Jack.”
Listen to Vedder and Pearl Jam cover “Takin’ It to the Streets” before shifting to “Whipping” (from Vitalogy) below.