The Strokes played the first of several shows opening for Red Hot Chili Peppers at Seattle’s T-Mobile Park on Wednesday night. As luck would have it, Eddie Vedder was back in town following Pearl Jam’s own recent European jaunt, and he sat in with The Strokes for a performance of “Juicebox.” Watch fan-captured footage of the on-stage collaboration below.
Vedder has described “Juicebox,” which hails from The Strokes’ 2005 album First Impressions of Earth, as one of his “favorite” songs. He previously recalled telling The Strokes’ frontman Julian Casablancas how much he liked the song and how Casablancas blushed and admitted he lifted a portion of it from Pearl Jam’s “Not for You.” “I would have had no idea, I still don’t really hear it… I think it’s totally original,” Vedder said. “Every time I get to play it with them, I’m more than happy.”
The Strokes and Vedder have shared the stage on numerous occasions over the years, including at PJ20 in 2011 and at Ohana Fest in 2019. Vedder and Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme also collaborated with The Strokes on a 2006 cover of Marvin Gaye’s “Mercy Mercy Me.”
It’s great to see Vedder back in action, as Pearl Jam were recently forced to cancel several shows on their European tour after the singer’s voice was damaged by wildfires in France. He and Pearl Jam are due back on the road in September when they launch a new leg of North American shows (get tickets here).