This weekend in Central Park, Coldplay
's Chris Martin and Pearl Jam
's Eddie Vedder played a surprise set together at the Global Citizen Festival. Chris Martin, who curates the festival as their creative director, organized for Eddie Vedder to make a number of surprise appearances throughout the festival, including appearing onstage with Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) and Beyonce. The Coldplay member also matched up another surprise collaboration with his band and Ariana Grande.
The most interesting of this slew of A-list collabs was that between Chris and Eddie, where they performed a three cover song set, the highlight of which was their cover of Crowded House's 1987 hit, "Don't Dream It's Over". The duo reinterpreted the already emotional rock-pop song into a sparse, piano and guitar accompanied, hauntingly crooned ballad. This rendition forefronts the melancholic aspects of the song, but still maintains the hopeful message of the original. The two also covered Eddie's own "Nothingman" and Patti Smith's rousing protest song "People Have The Power" (both below). The set was capped off with Chris Martin's solo performance of Prince's "Raspberry Beret" as a tribute to the late artist.