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Making It Vedder

Nirvana and the Pearl Jam frontman make up—sort of

Nirvana has changed its tune about Pearl Jam. Although Kurt Cobain once savaged Eddie Vedder (''I do feel a duty to warn the kids of false music that's claiming to be underground,'' Cobain said in a 1992 interview), Nirvana blocked a plan to rib Vedder during its Sept. 25 appearance on Saturday Night Live. Bassist Krist Novoselic asked producers to cut Adam Sandler's skit about Vedder. Nirvana and Pearl Jam are planning to do a joint benefit concert for FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting), and Nirvana was worried about how Pearl Jam would take the bit, in which Sandler appeared in a tangly Vedder wig humming the group's ''Even Flow.'' ''Adam's eyes sort of rolled back in his head, and he did the sort of smile Eddie does,'' says Jim Merlis, Nirvana's publicist. ''You couldn't hear what he was saying except for, 'We have a new record out too.''' Sandler said the skit would air on Oct. 2. Vedder had no comment, but a source close to the singer doubts it would faze him: ''Eddie doesn't mind being made fun of.''

With additional reporting by Tim Appelo
Originally posted Oct 08, 1993 Published in issue #191 Oct 08, 1993 Order article reprints
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