On Monday (September 23), Eddie Vedder was slated to open up for The Who at Chicago's House of Blues. Now, fans are in for an extra special treat, as Billboard is reporting that Vedder will be joined by his Pearl Jam pals for the gig. Guitarist Stone Gossard, however, is not expected to make it to the event due to prior commitments with the environmental organization Conservation International. Rock & Roll! In his place will be Vedder's friend Boom, who plays the keys on a good portion of Pearl Jam's new album, Riot Act, but who is not famous at all and never even played in MTV's Rock 'n' Jock B-Ball Jam. The sans-Gossard Monday night show will actually be a benefit for the Maryville Academy, which aids disadvantaged youth in and around Illinois.
In other PJ-related activities, it has become known that Vedder has written a song about the late grunge icon Layne Staley. You'll remember that the fellow Seattle vocalist died earlier this year following years of heroin dependency. The track, however, is not on Riot Act, and Vedder himself said on the band's website that it may never be released at all.