He’s the original and the best: Eddie Vedder, the man who inspired a million gravelly voices, has added a run of solo dates alongside Pearl Jam’s appearances on the Big Day Out.

Don’t blame him for Scott Weiland, Chad Kroeger or Rob Thomas – Vedder wasn’t to foresee any of those pale imitations. Nay, this was a tortured boy from the suburbs who sent in a demo cassette to some rockers out west, and wound up fronting the longest-running alt rock band of the ’90s, ’00s and now.

As a solo artist, Vedder has played a central role in film soundtracks including I Am Sam and Into The Wild, for which he won a Golden Globe to go with all those Grammys.

Vedder’s back to play the State Theatre on Tuesday February 11 and Wednesday February 12, before a special date at the Sydney Opera House on Thursday February 13. Tickets on sale 10am Wednesday December 18.

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