Let's clear up this Eddie Vedder mess once and for all
I wasn't going to post any more about this. I was more than happy to let it fade on its own accord. But today, the person who told me Eddie Vedder would be at The 8x10 came forward on his own accord with a comment about the whole situation.
That person is Brian Shupe (pictured), one of the owners of the club. Instead of publishing Brian's response as a comment, I decided to give it its own post. Here it is:
For those of you beating up on Sam, what a shame.
I was Sam's source. I am the co-owner of The 8x10 with my wife, Abigail.
This show was booked from the beginning with the intent of a shared, sit-in situation. This was discussed in-depth with the band. We were told it was 99 percent, with 1 percent being that "It's rock n roll and anything could happen so he might not make it, but he wants to do this."
We sat on that information for a month at least. The day of the show, we were told that Eddie confirmed and it was a go.
I called Sam, because of his unfaltering dedication to the Baltimore music scene. I felt he deserved the exclusive tip that this was happening, because of his efforts to help local music flourish ...
We also send out an email blast. We made sure that we said 100% truthfully what we were told:
"Yes we were told he is coming but we can't guarantee that"
Sam did likewise.
Jerry Hannan did sit in with Eddie Vedder and Eddie Vedder did announce Jerry's show from the stage on the first night.
Don't shoot the messenger on this. It's rock n roll and sometimes things just have to be what they are.
Sam didn't start this rumor, he did what he does best. He reported on it.
By the way ... the show was great, the fans were absolutely into it and respectful and not closed to the talent on stage and only waiting for EV. We did not field any complaints from the audience about the lack of EV.
(Sun photo by Kenneth K. Lam)