Remembering When Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder Joined Ramones on Stage For Their Final Performance in 1996

Remembering When Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder Joined Ramones on Stage For Their Final Performance in 1996

Posted 19 Nov 2020
eddie vedder, joey ramone
L: Eddie Vedder. Photo by Paul Bergen/Redferns/Getty Images. R: Joey Ramone. Photo by Gie Knaeps/Getty Images. 

Following the release of their final record, 1995’s Adios Amigos! New York’s punk legends, the Ramones decided to hang up their leather and jackets and call it day – but not without an awe-inspiring send off, of course! And for Pearl Jam frontman/massive Ramones fan, Eddie Vedder, it was the perfect opportunity to make a childhood dream come true. 

Ramones’ long goodbye tour culminated with  a very special show at The Palace in Hollywood for which the band invited a invited a stack of friends – including Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister, Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, Rancid’s Tim Armstrong and former Ramones bassist Dee Dee Ramone – to join in celebrating the punk pioneer’s storied career. 

For the final encore of the colossal 32-song set, the band, staying true to their punk ethos to the end, chose to sign off in a cover of the 1965 Dave Clark Five hit, “Anyway You Want It” instead of one of their own, joined by an ecstatic Eddie Vedder. Enjoy below. 

Ramones w/ Eddie Vedder | “Any Way You Want It” [The Palace, Hollywood] [6/8/1996]

In 2002, Eddie Vedder had the honour of inducting the Ramones into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, describing the band as a “beacon for anyone who eve wanted to be in a band… those disenfranchised by the dynasties of giant rock bands. They obliterated the mystique of what it was to play in a band.”

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