Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder Raises $1.7million for
Re-Election Campaign -
Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder has reportedly raised $1.7 million at a fundraiser for Barack Obama's re-election campaign, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
The iconic frontman performed two tracks from his first two solo
albums, 'Rise' and 'Without You' along with
covers of James Taylor's 'Millworker' and Neil Young's
'Rockin' In The Free World' for the president and 85
guests who attended the event.
Vedder performed the set in a suit and then made a short speech in which he slammed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for his recent "47 per cent comments".
Speaking to the 85 guests, Vedder said:
"I'm an example of someone who never made it to university. I did have this dream to be a musician. I felt that this dream had an expiration date."
The front man then went on to recall his days working as a security guard in a petroleum company prior to Pearl Jam.
"It was that job which allowed me to keep affording to guitars and microphones. For me, it all began with that ability to get the proper training for a decent job."
Eddie Vedder introducing President Barack Obama.