Former Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese told a funny story about former Smashing Pumpkins bassist D’arcy Wretzky in a new social media post.
The only time I ever ‘trashed’ a room backstage it was with D’Arcy. She was a hoot.
A fan asked for photos, and Dave said, “We were blessed without having cell phones and cameras.”
Another fan asked, “Anything else happen with you two crazy kids???” Dave said, “What kinda silly ass question is that?!?”
They say music brings us all together and while that ultimately was the case for Roland Mandel, a terminally-ill patient with ALS, it was not easy. The venue that Mr. Mandel went to see Pearl Jam was at the Berlin Waldbühne and the venue only has twelve wheelchair seats, which were taken during the time of the show. Mandel would, along with his friends then start an online campaign, using the social hashtag #RVMforRoland to try and get him to the Pearl Jam concert, a reference to Rearview Mirror, his favorite Pearl Jam song. In addition, he would also write to several people of influence including the concert organizer, the lessee of the venue, and the Berlin Commissioner of the Disabled, among others.
In the end, Mr. Mandel was able to watch the show from the side of the stage and was brought up by Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder himself. Vedder, who recently went after these angry Pearl Jam fans, would exclaim that Mandel “worked his ass to be here tonight”.
Rock and roll icon Neil Young has collaborated with Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam countless times. Young’s 21st studio album which was released back in 1995 entitled Mirror Ball features members of Pearl Jam. While the two would play over the years, Vedder would make a more recent appearance on The Howard Stern Show to discuss what powerful advice Neil Young gave him during the 1990s. Credit to Far Out Magazine for the below.
“He took our whole band under his wing, I guess it was right around that second record. Then we ended up getting closer and closer over the years. It started by playing Bridge School, the first time, I think, was ’92.”
He continued: “And then he really tapped into the energy of our group, so much so that after we did a certain benefit. I think he went into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame. I think he played with Crazy Horse on that. And then we did a DC benefit together.”