Song 14: Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers with Eddie Vedder, “The Waiting” (2006)

I know, I know. This doesn’t sound like a good idea, and you don’t want to hear it or watch it, and who put these two things together, and what’s new on Gawker? But hold on! Try it out.

It works, right? I think so, anyway. I know it’s not cool to say so, but I think Eddie Vedder’s a great singer, and not only am I glad Pearl Jam is still around, I think they’re still putting out some good music. Vedder gives it his all here. In fact, he seems genuinely stoked to be belting out a classic song by, let alone standing in front of, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. It’s obvious he’s a huge fan, and I find that completely endearing.

I first saw this performance in the 2007 Peter Bogdanovich documentary Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin’ Down a Dream, which, despite is dull title, is a pretty fascinating portrait of a artist who makes great, underappreciated art, year after year after year. I think we tend to take Tom Petty for granted.

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