Bar Harbor youth joins Pearl Jam on stage

QUEBEC CITY — Noah Keeley of Bar Harbor was invited on stage to play a song with the rock band Pearl Jam at the Videotron Centre here on May 5.

Before making the trip for the show, his parents had posted a video to a fan forum of him and his father Shawn playing the song “Sad,” asking the band to play that song during the show. “It has been a lot of fun to watch our son fall in love with” Pearl Jam’s music, Noah’s mom Sarah Keeley wrote when she posted the video. “Sad” has not been released on any of the band’s albums, Shawn said.

Lead singer Eddie Vedder invited Noah on stage before playing the requested song, saying “I saw a (video) clip of him playing it with his Pop, and he played it much better than I ever did.”

Noah played along with the band and was invited back up for a final bow at the end of the show.

“Pearl Jam’s music means so much to me and my family,” Noah said, “but so does what they do to make the world a better place.” The band donates a portion of ticket revenue from every show to their Vitalogy Foundation, which makes grants to support arts and education, community health and the environment.

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor.

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