Pearl Jam duo joins Conan O'Brien on stage

Tue Apr 20, 2010 8:22pm EDT
 
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By Jessica Letkemann

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Yes, Pearl Jam is also with Coco.

Conan O'Brien upped the musical ante of his "Prohibited From Being Funny On Television" tour Monday in Seattle, when a pair of Pearl Jammers showed up unexpectedly to rock the late-night host's 47th birthday gig.

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder played a three-song mini-set. Accompanying himself on mandolin, Vedder began with "Rise," from his 2007 solo soundtrack to the film "Into The Wild." Next, he picked up a Telecaster-styled ukulele for a version of John Lennon's "Oh Yoko," on which he led a sing-along of "Oh Conan."

"There's something that happens when you play very small instruments," quipped the 5'8" Vedder. "It somehow creates the illusion that you're tall; an illusion that's completely shattered as soon as Conan O'Brien stands next to you."

For his finale, Vedder brought out Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready for a cover of the Who's "Baba O'Riley" that was backed amusingly by O'Brien's horn section.

Pearl Jam holds the distinction of being the very first musical guest last June on NBC's short-lived "Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien."

O'Brien took to Twitter on Tuesday to share his glee: "Eddie Vedder's set at my show in Seattle last night melted my eyeballs. Seriously, I'm going to sue Eddie for boiling my ocular-jelly."