R.E.M. played a surprise show last night (Oct. 23) at Seattle's Crocodile Cafe, which guitarist Peter Buck co-owns with his wife, Stephanie Dorgan. The event was announced as a benefit for the Washing
R.E.M. played a surprise show last night (Oct. 23) at Seattle's Crocodile Cafe, which guitarist Peter Buck co-owns with his wife, Stephanie Dorgan. The event was announced as a benefit for the Washington Wilderness Coalition starring the Minus 5, which features Buck and longtime R.E.M. sideman Scott McCaughey. As he did the night before at the Groundwork benefit in Seattle, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder joined R.E.M. for several songs, according to prominent Pearl Jam fan site Five Horizons.
The site reports that Vedder played acoustic guitar on R.E.M.'s cover of Pearl Jam's "Long Road," and later, trotted onstage with a tray of drinks to serve each member of the group. At Vedder's urging, R.E.M. unearthed the rarely played "Begin the Begin," from 1986's "Life's Rich Pageant," with he and Stipe trading verses. Vedder also chipped in on vocals during R.E.M.'s "It's the End of the World As We Know It," which led into a rousing cover of Patti Smith's "People Have the Power."
Last Thursday, R.E.M. played a similar surprise show in its hometown of Athens, Ga., as a warmup for this past weekend's Bridge School Benefit concerts outside San Francisco.