Roadies: Eddie Vedder to guest on Showtime series
Jim James, Nicole Atkins, Jackson Browne, Robyn Hitchcock among performers in Aug. 28 episode
The Cameron Crowe/Pearl Jam connection will deepen yet again on Roadies.
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder is set to perform in the season finale of Crowe’s music comedy, which airs Aug. 28 on Showtime.
Other performers in the episode will include Jim James (who also appears in this Sunday’s episode), Nicole Atkins, Jackson Browne, Robyn Hitchcock, Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig from Lucius, and Gary Clark Jr.
Roadies creator/executive producer Crowe has strong ties to Pearl Jam, as he directed the 2011 retrospective doc Pearl Jam Twenty. He enlisted Pearl Jam manager Kelly Curtis — who worked on such Crowe films as Say Anything, Singles, and Almost Famous — as a producer on Roadies, and Curtis has helped him recruit musical artists to appear on the show. The season 1 guest roster also includes Lindsey Buckingham, The Head & the Heart, Lucius, Halsey, Reignwolf, and Joy Williams.
The first trailer for Roadies used Vedder’s “Hard Sun,” and the first episode features Pearl Jam’s “Given to Fly” and “I Wish I Was Sober” by Frightened Rabbit featuring PJ guitarist Mike McCready. The episode also mentions the band, specifically McCready, as Wes (Machine Gun Kelly) was fired from the band’s crew.
Vedder also popped up with some fellow Pearl Jam members in Singles.