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Eddie Vedder Suffering From Guitar Fever

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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On Tuesday, Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder performed a solo show at the New York's United Palace, chilling the crowds with an offbeat mixture of his discography, cuts from recent cinematic soundtracks, and covers from a myriad of those who influenced his brooding yet sentimental sounds. And in a sardonic move, Vedder busted out a slow, over-produced R&B track—muttering to the giggling audiences and letting everyone in on the joke: "Aw yeah," he crooned. "Oh baby."

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So then, his obvious coolness begs us to ask: Why would Vedder, the king of schmaltzy/manly, the prince of bearded/torment, agree to license some of his hits for what could be possibly the least cool video games ever? Irony or cold hard cash?

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