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  • fgalpernfgalpern Posts: 117
    edited February 19
    I spotted a semi-icognito Ed at the NYC Tibetan Freedom Concert (think Yield-era black hair + a scruffy beard) and followed him to a booth. I said hi and "thanks for the music, it changed my life". He replied with a firm handshake, looked me directly in the eye and sternly said "No you did it, you changed your life." It was a short, awkward conversation and I felt bad about how awestruck and mumbly I was. So, risking being perceived as a total lunatic, I followed him some more, staying about 10 feet away so as not to freak him out too bad. He paused after a few minutes and gave me a sideways glance. I walked over and apologized for my awkwardness, he laughed and then we shared a wonderful 10 minute nerdy fan conversation about U2, who had just played. We talked about how their set didn't include certain songs we had both hoped to hear, he talked about how hard it is to choose just a few songs for festivals. Funny thing is, none of PJ was on the bill for the two day show, but Ed and Mike played a short set the next day and he never once mentioned the surprise. Totally humble, regular guy, no airs at all, despite me being somewhat stalker-ish for a few minutes. I was very pleased with myself until I met up with my wife a few minutes later and she rolled her eyes at my story. Lo these many years later, she's still rolling her eyes at my stories.
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  • buck502000buck502000 Birthplace of GIBSON guitarPosts: 7,111

    Mike and Jeff Central Park 2015 sound check Global Citizen. Extremely cool guys took pics with both.

    Was there a bald cop there getting photo bombed by Eddie? (at least that was the picture he sent me) My friend who's a cop said he heard "live-sounding" PJ from afar, walked through central park, flashed his badge a couple times and sure enough, there was PJ doing sound checks. Said he's proud to say that the one time he abused the use of his authority was to meet Eddie.
    I think so, that weekend was a pretty special one. Got to go to Ed Sullivan Theatre for the Colbert show, a real nice sunny afternoon in Central Park sound checking with PJ (meeting Jeff and Mike) and finishing with the Global Citizen show.....awesome experience. ;)
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  • JH6056JH6056 Posts: 1,078
    fgalpern said:

    I spotted a semi-icognito Ed at the NYC Tibetan Freedom Concert (think Yield-era black hair + a scruffy beard) and followed him to a booth. I said hi and "thanks for the music, it changed my life". He replied with a firm handshake, looked me directly in the eye and sternly said "No you did it, you changed your life." It was a short, awkward conversation and I felt bad about how awestruck and mumbly I was. So, risking being perceived as a total lunatic, I followed him some more, staying about 10 feet away so as not to freak him out too bad. He paused after a few minutes and gave me a sideways glance. I walked over and apologized for my awkwardness, he laughed and then we shared a wonderful 10 minute nerdy fan conversation about U2, who had just played. We talked about how their set didn't include certain songs we had both hoped to hear, he talked about how hard it is to choose just a few songs for festivals. Funny thing is, none of PJ was on the bill for the two day show, but Ed and Mike played a short set the next day and he never once mentioned the surprise. Totally humble, regular guy, no airs at all, despite me being somewhat stalker-ish for a few minutes. I was very pleased with myself until I met up with my wife a few minutes later and she rolled her eyes at my story. Lo these many years later, she's still rolling her eyes at my stories.

    That's actually a really intense response re: you being the one who changed your life. I love that. Artists who write soul-shaking, life-changing music hear the testimony "Your music/This song changed my life" quite often, but I've never heard anyone answer that way. I love that. It's been awhile since I heard something new that once again upped my respect for Ed or this band, but that just bumped it way up once again.

    Thanks for sharing!
  • fgalpernfgalpern Posts: 117
    That's actually a really intense response re: you being the one who changed your life. I love that. Artists who write soul-shaking, life-changing music hear the testimony "Your music/This song changed my life" quite often, but I've never heard anyone answer that way. I love that. It's been awhile since I heard something new that once again upped my respect for Ed or this band, but that just bumped it way up once again.
    Thanks for sharing!
    I'm glad this resonated with you! When he said those words, I was deeply touched and completely caught off guard. Some of Ed's childhood struggles mirror my own. Hearing those words from him was, in some way, permission to start working on my issues. Couldn't have come at a better time in my life.
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  • cp3iversoncp3iverson Posts: 3,219
    I read your tibet'97 account maybe a decade ago somewhere. I always remembered that one. Very cool
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  • JH6056JH6056 Posts: 1,078
    fgalpern said:

    That's actually a really intense response re: you being the one who changed your life. I love that. Artists who write soul-shaking, life-changing music hear the testimony "Your music/This song changed my life" quite often, but I've never heard anyone answer that way. I love that. It's been awhile since I heard something new that once again upped my respect for Ed or this band, but that just bumped it way up once again.
    Thanks for sharing!
    I'm glad this resonated with you! When he said those words, I was deeply touched and completely caught off guard. Some of Ed's childhood struggles mirror my own. Hearing those words from him was, in some way, permission to start working on my issues. Couldn't have come at a better time in my life.


    That's fantastic, really, that is really cool. Like cp3iverson, I'll remember this for a long time.
  • Attaway77Attaway77 VirginiaPosts: 1,436
    Was in Seattle for work this past weekend and met the guitar legend himself Mr. Mike McCready while I was out and about... Absolutely awesome, just a cool and down to earth guy. PJ4LIFE......
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  • mfc2006mfc2006 PDX--->KCPosts: 29,935
    Attaway77 said:

    Was in Seattle for work this past weekend and met the guitar legend himself Mr. Mike McCready while I was out and about... Absolutely awesome, just a cool and down to earth guy. PJ4LIFE......

    Nice, man!
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  • donnaruhldonnaruhl Posts: 2,126
    Never met any of them, But Eddie took a picture of me outside of his bus at Oracle Arena 2013 Lightning Bolt Tour. I was just looking at photos from that concert, And found one of him pointing into the crowd during his Tambourine giveaway, on Pinterest by photographer Thias Campos. I would really like to know how I can get this photo. He was actually pointing at me. And I would love nothing more than to get a copy of this photo. But don't know how to contact Thias Campos. If anyone has any info, I'd really appreciate it. See ya all at Dana Point.
  • HH140540HH140540 AtlantaPosts: 247
    edited September 4
    I had the privilege of meeting EV in Boston last year. It was a random occurrence so I just asked him if he had a second. I thanked him and told him that their work has had a profound impact on my life. We ended up having a conversation about families, wives, kids, and baseball. It was just him and I standing there talking like two normal dudes. He couldn't have be more humble, gracious, and down to earth. Definitely an experience I won't soon forget.
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  • 23scidoo23scidoo Thessaloniki,GreecePosts: 9,303
    edited September 7
    I met Eddie in Taormina this summer..we shake hands and i thanked him for everything..he was cool and kind..
    Olivia she wasn't..lol..
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  • ComeToTXComeToTX AustinPosts: 5,610
    I've met Ed twice.  Once before a solo show on the street in Nashville.  He was very nice and gave me a pick and shook my hand.  I've met everyone else once and it was pretty quick.
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  • dimitrispearljamdimitrispearljam NINUNINOPROPosts: 133,700
    met mike in milan 14..funny part is i said to him,nice to meet u and turn to leave and  he asked me to take a pic together!1haha

    as for eddie..we have some short of communication..lol
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  • PJ_SoulPJ_Soul Vancouver, BCPosts: 37,151
    edited September 5
    I met Jeff. He was in a really terrible mood because it was at the end of a tour and he was bagged and cranky for the whole show anyway, but he'd also just had his RNDM mask stolen by some asshole about 2 minutes before I approached him, so was extra pissy. I was drunk, some other drunk people (autograph hounds I think) encouraged me to crash the green room, so I did, and then I accidentally interrupted a conversation he was having and then I just started babbling. It wasn't great. :lol: He did still sign my RNDM album though. He could have just as easily told me to fuck off. So yeah, good guy. :giggle:
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  • If I ever meet him I pray on everything holy that Ed does not give me guitar picks. It just seems gimmicky almost or just very weird to do out in public. Yes, I get overall its a kind gesture and in a show setting it would be awesome, but not on the streets. I would so much rather just a handshake or a few words exchanged.
    nah yer wrong. ed handing out picks on the street is ok by me. it's not like he's carrying them around everywhere he goes...right?
  • You guys/gals are so
    lucky.  My wife asked me one year what do you want for Xmas? Me: have a beer with Eddie Vedder. (I'm buying) 
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  • drummerboy_73drummerboy_73 Las Vegas, NVPosts: 1,827
    Met Ed twice - once mid show in Osaka, Japan 1995 during the Porch "jam". He had climbed up into the upper balcony and I actually helped pull him up and get through the crowd. The crowd was going nuts and he was trying to calm people down and just hang out in the crowd. I was in the military at the time and at the show with my buddy. There were a couple of other Americans near us, and when Ed saw them and heard us speaking English, took a moment to shake our hands and we walked with him down the hall until security escorted him back to the stage to finish out the song. Was my first PJ show, that was obviously kind of a "freak-out" moment! Also met him in L.A. in 2011 after a solo show.

    I also got to meet Matt in Las Vegas in 2001 after a Wellwater Conspiracy show (that's where my profile picture is from.) It was interesting because there were a couple of local opening bands, which it seemed most of the local people were there for, because it was pretty packed, but by the time Wellwater came on around 1 a.m., there were maybe 50 people left. It was a small local bar which closed several years ago, and I imagine most of the early crowd didn't even know who Wellwater was. After the show, I introduced myself to Matt, we talked drumming for a little while, and John McBain took the picture of us. I even helped them load their van afterwards. :)

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  • WashedWashed Posts: 696
    Been lucky enough to meet everybody but Ed and they were all very cool. Just shook their hands, told them I was a big fan, thanked them for the music and moved along. Mike was after a show in Seattle and he was on the street signing for a bunch of people when I met him so I got his signature. Everybody else was in Chicago last year before the Wrigley shows. I got a lot out of just getting to shake their hands, look them in the eye and say thank you for producing the soundtrack of my life.
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  • HughFreakingDillonHughFreakingDillon WinnipegPosts: 11,598
    GummiBeer said:
    I met Uncle Neil back in 09 when he did a complete Canadian tour. I actually had Mirror Ball playing in my car, seen him and his tour manager walking up Queens road here in St. John's. Myself and my wife stopped the car to say hi, he stuck his head in and laughed and said good taste in music...hehe. He asked us to go for a walk with him, so had to take him up on the offer. Talked everything of the love of cars, to his Linconvolt, other artists, to the upcoming shows. He must have asked 5 times if we had tickets to the shows, with every response that we had GA's for both. He is very chill but did get annoyed easy with the amount of attention he was getting from star gazers
    so I guess your favourite Neil track is "Walk With Me"? 
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  • HughFreakingDillonHughFreakingDillon WinnipegPosts: 11,598
    met Matt at a SG show back in 96. Me, my buddy, and Matt all laughing at Ben running around the parking lot trying to get run over by the tour busses. talked for like 20 minutes. super regular cool guy. 

    my dream/nightmare would be to meet Ed (wouldn't know what to say). 
    my dream would be to meet Jeff. 

    friend of mine who used to frequent these boards has met Ed SIX TIMES. 
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  • H.ChinaskiH.Chinaski Brooklyn, NYPosts: 1,068
    Lived in Seattle for ages and met them all at one point or another. Ed a few times at shows. He bummed a cigarette off me after i said hello at a Sonic Youth show. I would see Mike jogging around my old neighborhood of Capitol Hill. Stone was a an art show in Ballard. Always cool guys and super chill. Maid me like the band even more.
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  • LukinFanLukinFan Florida Posts: 26,747
    I met Ed after one of his Ft. Lauderdale solo shows a few years back.  Just shook his hand and told him how important his music is to me.
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  • TJ25487TJ25487 Posts: 966
    met Matt at a SG show back in 96. Me, my buddy, and Matt all laughing at Ben running around the parking lot trying to get run over by the tour busses. talked for like 20 minutes. super regular cool guy. 

    my dream/nightmare would be to meet Ed (wouldn't know what to say). 
    my dream would be to meet Jeff. 

    friend of mine who used to frequent these boards has met Ed SIX TIMES. 
    Hugh, I resemble those meeting Ed and Jeff statements. I met Ed after a solo show in LA and could hardly talk and met Jeff in the Vegas airport right before Binaual came out and chatted him up for several minutes like we were old pals. It was pretty cool as he was giving me insights into Binaural before it got released. I felt pretty special. 
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