Eddie Vedder Solo Tour Stymied by Nerve Damage
Singer and ukelele have a ways to go in PT before they can hit the road
In distressing news for ukelele fans and Pearl Jam fans who are so loyal they pretend to like ukelele, Eddie Vedder has postponed his 23-date solo tour due because he’s on the disabled list. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the tour, which was supposed to kick off next Tuesday (April 10) in Vegas, has been pushed to the fall due to what Vedder’s doctors have called temporary nerve damage in his right arm (the one he strums with), stemming from a recent back injury. Apparently, the singer has been undergoing “aggressive” physical therapy in the hope that he’d be ready for the tour just in time, but it wasn’t enough time to properly heal — Vedder, for his part, is “frustrated beyond measure.”
The new tour dates begin on Halloween in Sin City (consider all the extra spooky ukelele opportunities!) — that’s after he returns from a Pearl Jam European tour in June and July, which will be followed by a few solo gigs while they’re there. In case you can’t make the new dates, though, the Pearl Jam website says you can get your tickets refunded. Glen Hansard of the Swell Season is still joining him on this trek.
The new dates are available here. For now, we’ll all have to just settle for our copies of Ukelele Songs, that pro-mom charity compilation to which he contributed, and SPIN editor Steve Kandell’s cover story from last July on the Pearl Man. And, if you’re into that kind of thing, Fallon-as-Vedder obviously still exists.