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Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder rips Sacramento over Kings not relocating to Seattle

Nov 26, 2013, 8:31 PM EDT

Eddie Vedder And Zach Galifianakis Rock Malibu Fundraiser For EBMRF And Heal EB

The city of Sacramento rallied around the Kings for some reason, despite the fact that it’s one of the historically worst franchises that the NBA has ever seen.

When the threat of relocation to Seattle presented itself, former NBA player and current Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson stepped in to save the day, helping a new ownership group take control which would keep the team in Sacramento for the foreseeable future.

The tease of Seattle potentially getting an NBA team back didn’t sit well with Eddie Vedder, lead singer of the world-renowned band Pearl Jam which hails from the Emerald City. And he made sure to make his feelings known during a recent tour stop in Oklahoma City.

From Ryan Lillis of the Sacramento Bee:

Band point man Eddie Vedder – a Seattle native – took aim at Sacramento with an expletive-filled rant during a recent show in Oklahoma City, expressing his displeasure with the NBA’s decision to deny a Kings move to the Pacific Northwest. …

A fan’s video shows Vedder saying that “the people that really (expletive) us over is Sacramento,” before adding “when you think about it, and if you’ve ever been to Sacramento, they’re already kind of (expletive).” …

“See, here’s the deal,” Vedder said. “It’s nothing to do with Oklahoma or Oklahoma City or Tulsa or this state or the people or the locals or people in this building. It’s simply what it’d be like if your girlfriend, who you were with in a long-time relationship … well, you wouldn’t like her new husband. If it was Fresno, I’d be p—-d off at Fresno.”

The members of Pearl Jam were always into basketball; there was a brief early flirtation with the band being named Mookie Blaylock that is detailed excellently in this older piece over at Deadspin by an expert at both music and basketball, Bethlehem Shoals.

Vedder’s public place in the spotlight makes his comments on the matter relevant, but the fact is that many Seattle basketball fans are going to resent their Sacramento counterparts until a team ultimately returns to play in their city.

  1. norcalkingsfan - Nov 26, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Another uninformed Seattle troll? I thought they went away? While we’re at it… (Expletive) you too Eddie for paving the way for the Scott Stapps and Chad Kroegers of the world.

  2. farvite - Nov 26, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Love ya, Eddie, but I have to disagree.

    The NBA *blanked* Seattle. Sac’to just did what any other city would do.

    It’s the NBA that chose to stay in a weaker buisness and financial market. Stings now for us. But it will sting their bottom line more.

  3. nickmiller63 - Nov 26, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Nobody gives a damn about Eddie Vedder. Why PBT would even post this crap is beyond me.

    • Kurt Helin - Nov 27, 2013 at 7:47 PM

      Says the guy who clicked on the link.

      • nickmiller63 - Apr 24, 2014 at 11:46 AM

        Got to click the link to comment; the title said it all.

  4. farvite - Nov 26, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    And sad to say, the guy that bent Seattle over the worst was their very own Howard F Schultz.

    • antistratfordian - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:19 PM

      Schutlz is not from Seattle, or the region. Neither is Vedder, actually. Maybe that was the problem.

  5. imthedudedude - Nov 26, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Hopefully one day they do get a team. They deserve it. Great city

  6. wtfruthinkn - Nov 26, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    This dude isn’t even a Seattle native. He was raised in the the San Diego area. Where’s the rant over the Clippers leaving San Diego for LA? Eddie? Anything on that buddy? May the good people of Sactown boycott your crappy band’s shows.

  7. innovativethinking87 - Nov 26, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    Haha sacramento says thanks but you guys still have no team

  8. ukedad - Nov 26, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    A: He is from San Diego. B: He sounds pretty drunk. C: he was at a rock concert. D: So he had to be drunk

  9. cbking05 - Nov 26, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    That’s it ! I’m throwing out my “Ten” album!

  10. calicokiller49 - Nov 26, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    So using his little girlfriend example, he’s mad cause the girl he wanted didn’t break up with her boyfriend…..hmmmmm. Typical whiny little rock star. I’m pretty sure they had a team, and it worked out so well…..that they moved. So the city of sacramento was just supposed to say oh, te people of Seattle want our team, here ya go eddie….what a joke. The football fans up there are more obsessed with comparing themselves to the 49ers….then they are with the fact that they finally ave a legitimate team. Now they want sacramento s basketball team, a town that is predominantly niner fans….hmmmmmm….

  11. poundtherock - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Pretty weak of Vedder to knock Sacramento. They didn’t do anything wrong, they just wanted to keep their team for God’s sake. The Maloofs made the Kings a laughing stock, not the fan base.

    I’m a life long Kings’ fan who know resides in Florida. I love the city of Seattle and they deserve an NBA team and will probably get one in the next 5-10 years. But Sacramento deserves the Kings.

    Vedder comes off sounding like an uninformed moron though, to be honest.

    • asimonetti88 - Nov 26, 2013 at 11:00 PM

      As a California resident, I’m somewhat disappointed they stayed, as the arena deal, if it happens, will likely bankrupt the city and trickle down to state taxpayers.

    • redbaronx - Nov 27, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      @poundtherock – Amen. Sacramento deserves a team just like Seattle does, and it’s not like Sacramento screwed Seattle over. The only people at fault for Seattle’s situation is David Stern. Stern should never have allowed that transaction to take place. There are enough wealthy people in Seattle to have kept the team in Seattle with a new building. David knew what the new owners agenda was (to move to OKC), and did zippo. The previous owner had a right to sell. The new owner of the Thunder had a right to buy. Same goes for Sacramento.

      If Eddie Vedder wants to blame someone, he should be blaming David Stern!

      • topdawg4ever - Dec 3, 2013 at 3:52 PM

        No he should blame the friggin Maloofs.

      • redbaronx - Dec 3, 2013 at 6:21 PM

        The Maloofs were idiots who blew their fathers money. Blaming them for the team not moving to Seattle (when they were just selling the team due to incompetence) would be like blaming a cloud for raining.

  12. johndavidbooty - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    Eddie Vedder is a weak man that is directing his hatred towards citizens of a city, instead of the corporate machine responsible for the Supersonics moving to Oklahoma. Wannabe rebel that has no true cause. One of the biggest posers in music during the 90’s.

    Pearl Jam has been garbage for almost a full 20 years now and only have a career because Nirvana made Seattle a hot spot for bands for about 15 minutes in the 90’s.

    And Sacramento, well, they still have the Kings. And great human beings, regardless of this clowns opinion.

    Lakers fan

  13. 1972wasalongtimeago - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Eddie is the man! PJ is the greatest band of all time. Biggest rock band in the world 23 years ago. Biggest rock Brandon the world now. No other band ever can say that.

    Big show in Oakland tonight. I wish I was there with the PJFam

  14. imthedudedude - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Yes true, sac town deserves to keep the kings. Still would like to see a team in Seattle however, maybe Toronto or Milwaukee, but Mil needs that team also. Dont see them creating any expansion teams so would have to be a relocation.

    • RavenzGunnerz - Nov 27, 2013 at 12:00 AM

      Why do Americans always keep having an impression that Toronto is NOT a viable NBA market? Here, I will educate you:

      1. Toronto Raptors are the top 10 attendance in the last 10yrs
      2. Toronto Raptors always turn profit. The last 10yrs, the Raptors have MADE money.
      3. Toronto Raptors play in the 3rd biggest city in North America, After LA and NY.
      4. Toronto Raptors are followed by all Canadians. ie: Canada’s team.

      The team has sucked all these years and all these years people continue to show up at games. The value of the Raptors is at 650mil. x2 the value of New Orleans, and Bobcats.

      Now, explain to me, how Toronto needs to relocate…

      I am waiting…

    • bkoz1 - Nov 27, 2013 at 5:35 PM

      The league would prosper in the north if Toronto was ever any good. I don’t think they should relocate because it’s a great city (crack smoking mayor and all) and they love their sports. I’m from South Florida and even I know there is money to be made in the 4th largest city in North America. It’s the NFL in L.A. again.

  15. jonirocit - Nov 27, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Wait……they made another album after TEN?
    Cobain > Vedder … Staley > Vedder …
    Sacramento fans > Seattle fans

    • poundtherock - Nov 27, 2013 at 12:51 AM

      Versus and Vitology were pretty good too. After that, I stopped paying attention…

    • asimonetti88 - Nov 27, 2013 at 12:51 AM

      “Wait……they made another album after TEN?”

      Some of their best albums came after Ten. I like Binaural and Yield and Vitalogy a lot.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Nov 27, 2013 at 8:46 AM

      They actually have the #1 rock album in the world right now, released last month.

      • cantonbound13 - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:30 AM

        Did you write to Kurt requesting a Pearl Jam post?

      • poundtherock - Nov 27, 2013 at 2:53 PM

        Miley Cyrus has the #3 song in the Billboard top 100 right now. Therefore, your point is moot. People listen to garbage nowadays.

    • bucrightoff - Nov 27, 2013 at 8:48 AM

      Somehow you don’t use Cornell, the best singer of them all?

  16. bucrightoff - Nov 27, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Guess that explains why Sacramento was skipped on this leg of their tour. Anyways I love you Eddit but you’re directing your anger at the wrong group of people. Only one person deserves your scorn and thats David Stern.

  17. hushbrother - Nov 27, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Eddie is out of line in ripping Sacramento. Sacramento has had its team for years. Seattle has no rightful claim to the Kings. What’s mystifying is why the Sonics ownership would want to relocate to Oklahoma City. Eddie would do better to rip that city’s powers that be for stealing away his team with what was surely an unjustifiable taxpayer giveaway.

  18. azarkhan - Nov 27, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    So he’s blaming Sacramento while he is in Oklahoma City, the city where the Seattle SuperSonic’s relocated? Sounds real stupid with just a touch of cowardness.

  19. boiler72 - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Always loved Pearl Jam, hell, I’ve seen them live damn near 20 times. But Vedder needs to stay out of this. The only teams he has ever supported, are all from Chicago. I’m a die-hard Milwaukee Bucks fan and Seattle ain’t getting our team and Vedder needs to STFU. We (a bunch of Bucks fans) just raised over $4,000 in about 24 hours, to get a billboard put up, letting management know that the 8th seed sucks and it’s time for change. Not really a direct plead to tank, but you need a superstar to win in the NBA and unless you’re in the top 3 picks, the odds are slim.

    The mission and objectives …

    The billboard campaign … (I can’t believe we did this, we rock)

  20. spursareold - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    90s flannel wearing fool gets 15 seconds LONG after his 15 minutes were up. Film at 11.

    • calicokiller49 - Nov 27, 2013 at 10:37 AM

      I think eddie bedders a tool, but he’s had a lot longer than 15 mins of fame, pearl jam is a hall of fame band…..

    • bkoz1 - Nov 27, 2013 at 5:01 PM

      You’re a tool… Tool, another good band.

  21. bkoz1 - Nov 27, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Vedder is from San Diego. He misses the Clip joint.

  22. jhnnysac - Nov 30, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Eddie Vedder sux. He pretty much rode the coattails of Nirvana front man to his own fame. He just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Vedder has an unusual voice and he can carry a tune, that’s it, Bob Dylan has one of those qualities, of course Dylan can write.

    Like so many things these days what people like in art is relativistic, many people like the sound of his voice and how he sings. I see that many musicians seem honored to have Vedder sing their songs, I myself would rather hear Sprinsteen sing Springsteen or Daltry sing the Who, etc. Vedder, to me, just doesn’t bring the soul of the song out. And I don’t find the sound of his voice appealing at all. But that’s just me.

    Using the measuring stick of time, however will show more truth about this artist. He will continue to fade off into obscurity as time goes on until eventually he will be remembered by no one.

    Enjoy it while you can Eddie.

  23. topdawg4ever - Dec 3, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Eddie should stick to music.

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