Watch Eddie Vedder and Chris Martin’s Set at the Global Citizen Festival
For his set at New York’s Global Citizen Festival, Chris Martin of Coldplay decided to have someone else do a bit of the lifting. He brought out Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam to join him on the Great Lawn in Central Park.
They started off trading verses on Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” with Martin at the piano and Vedder on guitar (embedded above). Next up was the Vitalogy deep cut, “Nothingman,” and it was followed by Patti Smith’s “People Have the Power,” after which Vedder left the stage.
Apparently, the next act on the bill wasn’t quite ready to come on, because Martin wound up doing a song by himself, a cover of Prince’s “Raspberry Berry.” After the second verse, he looked off to the wings and asked, “How are we doing on Rihanna,” he asked and then said, “I don’t know any more verses.” So he improvised a verse about waiting for her. “Maybe she’s doing her makeup or doing her hair / Or making sure that she looks nice / And if she takes too long, I’ll repeat this song / I’ll play ‘Raspberry Beret’ twice.”
Rolling Stone notes that Vedder made a few more appearances during the day. He sang Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” with Beyonce and joined Yusuf (Cat Stevens) for “Father and Son.”
Launched in 2012, the Global Citizen Festival brings together some of music’s biggest stars to aid in Global Citizen’s goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030. In grew in size last year, after Martin signed a 15-year deal to curate the event. Also on the bill this year year Usher, Metallica and Kendrick Lamar.
Watch Chris Martin and Eddie Vedder Play “Nothingman”
Watch Chris Martin and Eddie Vedder Play Patti Smith’s “People Have the Power”
Watch Chris Martin Play Prince’s “Raspberry Beret”
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