I Know You Like Wine, Eddie Vedder, But Geez, That’s GROSS…

Did you really drink some wine out of a dude’s shoe?  Really?

(Via The NME)

This, however, isn’t the first time Eddie has engaged in some gastronomical grossness.

These days, before Pearl Jam goes on tour, Eddie has someone pack him up some cases of some custom-bottled vino from the “Flowers” vineyard and winery in California’s Sonoma Valley. He is apparently partial to their Van der Kamp Pinot Noir with its fruity aroma and a finish that reminds one of cloves.

The bottles have no label. They are simply inscribed in bold with the name of the wine, the bottle number and the words “Eddie with Aloha”.

This wine that Eddie takes on tour is certainly better than what he ingested during the 1992 Lollapalooza tour. If you were able to attend one of the gigs that year, you will know that one of the acts was something called the Jim Rose Circus Sideshow. This consisted of a bunch of freaky people who could do really freaky things – like Mr. Lifto whose specialty was hefting things with his nether region.

There was also Matt “The Tube” Crowley, a guy who could eat and then regurgitate just about anything. Well, that is not the whole story.

The Tube would swallow part of a seven foot hose. At the other end was a hand pump. Matt would pump all manner of things into his stomach and them pump it back out again, offering this new cocktail to anyone willing to drink it. Hey, it was the 90s and the drugs were bad.

On one particular stop on the ’92 Lollapalooza tour – which featured both Pearl Jam and Soundgarden – Eddie and Chris Cornell decided that they would have a drinking contest. But instead of using, say, beer, they went for bile – the stuff pumped out of Matt “The Tube” Crowley’s stomach.

For the record, Eddie outlasted Chris. He “won” this particular contest. I hope it was worth it.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

2 thoughts on “I Know You Like Wine, Eddie Vedder, But Geez, That’s GROSS…

  • July 1, 2014 at 11:32 am

    I think that Ministry’s Al Jourgensen was also in that “bile drinking contest”!

  • July 1, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Just found the quote from Jim Rose. It’s in the Spin Magazine (August 2001), “10 Years of Pearl Jam”, p. 92. When Eddie beat Jourgensen, he said: “I have drunk two quarts more than you, Al, and I’ve won.”


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