Earlier this year, Boston’s Paradise Rock Club hosted the annual Hot Stove Cool Music charity concert to benefit Foundation To Be Named Later founded by former Boston Red Sox executive and current Chicago Cubs president of operations Theo Epstein along with his twin brother Paul Epstein.
The all-star lineup was one for the ages with performances by Boston’s best including members of Belly, Buffalo Tom, and Letters To Cleo. Former New York Yankee outfielder Bernie Williams joined regular participants in the yearly Hot Stove Cool Music Benefit Concert baseball reporter Peter Gammons and Theo Epstein, who played guitar, while Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper played bass. In addition, the big night saw performance’s by Daxx Nielsen (Cheap Trick); Scott Lucas (Local H); Jason Narducy; Kelly Hogan; Nora O’Connor; Gerald Dowd; and Freda Love Smith.
The highlight of the evening came when Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder took to the stage and played Pearl Jam standards (“Corduroy,” “Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town,” “Wishlist” and “Better Man”) and led the crowd with covers of the Who’s “The Kids Are Alright” and “I Can’t Explain;” Talking Heads’ “Love -> Building On Fire;” Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb;” Bruce Springsteen’s “Bobby Jean;” the Rolling Stones’ “Waiting On A Friend” and closed out the show with Neil Young’s “Rockin’ In The Free World.”
The 2017 Hot Stover Cool Music event was clearly a success and Innocent Words photographer Joshua Pickering was there to capture this historic night with his camera.
Back stage was an event in itself with everyone getting together for drinks, conversation and photos.
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