Eddie Vedder Joins the Who at Wembley Stadium

The Pearl Jam frontman (and onetime San Diegan) performed onstage with the iconic U.K. rock band in London

Here at SoundDiego, we love a good collab and when it involves one of our own and one of the most iconic rock bands ever, well, we're all about it: During the Who's orchestra-backed London show at Wembley Stadium on July 6, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder joined the band onstage for a fiery performance of the classic track "The Punk and the Godfather."

Vedder, who got his musical start right here in San Diego (before heading up to Seattle for that whole grunge thing), is a long-time professed Who fanatic -- with a particular affinity for the group's 1973 double-album masterpiece "Quadrophenia" (on which "The Punk and the Godfather" was released).

"It saved my life," he once said in an interview about the album. "It was something I could catch, because for some reason it seemed like I could not relate to anyone in the world. With no one in my school and certainly with no one in my house, and all of a sudden, this London guy named Pete came in who knew everything that was going on in my life."

The Pearl Jam frontman, who opened the Wembley Stadium show as a solo act, was welcomed to the stage by the Who's vocalist Roger Daltrey.

"He’s going to share this song with me because he knows where it came from," Daltrey told the crowd. Referencing the upcoming song's lyrics, he asked Vedder: "What one were you? You were also the one with the stutter?"

"No," Vedder replied, laughing. "I’m still the punk. I try."

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