The moment Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder joined The Rolling Stones to sing ‘Wild Horses’
We’re dipping into the Far Out Magazine fault to bring you two of our favourite frontmen sharing the stage as Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder joins The Rolling Stones and Mick Jagger to sing ‘Wild Horses’ back in 2005.
Most of The Rolling Stones back-catalogue is charged up and rip-roaring rock and roll, designed purely as music for the neck down, it’s always a riotous moment catching a glimpse of the band live on stage. It does, however, make the few moments in their set when they strip it all back and sing a ballad all the more poignant.
For much of the band’s career, one of their go-to moments of reprieve from the aforementioned rock riot was the 1971 track ‘Wild Horses’, it’s a song which has always held a spot of deep-rooted love from the band and their fans. It would seem that you could also include Eddie Vedder in that list too.
The song is a personal moment for the group, Richards often citing it as a quintessential Stones track: “Everyone always says this was written about Marianne but I don’t think it was; that was all well over by then. But I was definitely very inside this piece emotionally.”
Richards added: “If there is a classic way of Mick and me working together this is it. I had the riff and chorus line, Mick got stuck into the verses. Just like ‘Satisfaction’, ‘Wild Horses’ was about the usual thing of not wanting to be on the road, being a million miles from where you want to be.” It’s a sentiment Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder knows all too well.
It’s a sentiment that he also imbues this stunning performance with. As The Rolling Stones, pulling up in Pittsburgh in 2005, begin the first jangling notes of ‘Wild Horses’ the electricity in the crowd begins to switch on. Jagger does his best to put theatricality into every note before Vedder arrives with the vocal power of a runaway locomotive. While Jagger is undoubtedly one of the greatest ‘total package’ singers you’ll see and hear, Vedder’s vocals are out of this world.
In the performance, perhaps wary of antagonising a legendary outfit, Vedder is reserved and humble, happy to give way to his idols whenever they please. But somehow he still steals the show. Pearl Jam had been opening for the band during a run of select shows so it wasn’t a huge surprise for Vedder to appear on stage but to choose this song to lend those vocals to, was a sincere masterstroke.
Don’t belive us though, take a look for yourself and get lost in the dream of what a Jagger and Vedder duo may sound like across all their songs. Watch below as Eddie Vedder joins The Rolling Stones to sing ‘Wild Horses’ back in 2005.