(via Ted Raymond and Jackie Perez, CTV News Ottawa)
Rock and roll stars are known for making a racket, but on Friday in Ottawa, one big name frontman turned up to a local sports centre without one.
The Rideau Sports Centre posted to social media that Pearl Jam lead singer and guitarist Eddie Vedder turned up to play tennis but he needed an important tool.
“He borrowed our CEO and Founder’s (Nicki Bridgland) tennis racquet. What a thrill it was to meet him,” a post on the Rideau Sports Centre’s Facebook page.
“’Alive’… ‘Even Flow’…I graduated in 1995 this was the playlist of my time,” she said. “I feel very fortunate that timing and serendipity worked out and I had the opportunity to visit with him and he got to use my racquet.”
Those who play regularly at the RSC were excited to hear of the musician’s visit.
“I don’t deserve to play on this court anymore,” said Doug Lai. “I’m sure he was much better than me.”
“It’s cool he hung out in the city and didn’t just pass through,” said Mitch Guazas.
The team at the RSC clearly enjoyed Saturday night’s concert, writing on Facebook that it was “INCREDIBLE.
“Thank you for bringing such joy to Ottawa!”