Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder entertains President Obama, donors at South Tampa party
Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder is coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall in December, and he'll be at Pensacola's DeLuna Music Festival on Friday. But on Thursday, the singer was at the South Tampa home of Lisa DeBartolo and Don Miggs for an exclusive, $20,000-a-plate fundraiser dinner attended by President Barack Obama, former Gov. Charlie Crist and celebrity chef Tyler Florence. (Well, who knows if Eddie himself ate -- he may have been too full from lunch at Datz.)
The Associated Press reports Vedder played a four-song acoustic set, including a cover of Neil Young's Rockin' in the Free World; and adds:
Vedder told the audience that he struggled as a young man and credited a government training program with helping him learn the skills he needed to become a security guard in San Diego, a job that helped support his rock ‘n roll ambitions.
“It was that job that allowed me to also afford the guitars and tape recorder and microphones I needed to let me afford keep working on music,” he said. “It was also the job I reluctantly left to move up to Seattle for less pay, in order to join a band. It all worked out.”