Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vader made an undercover appearance yesterday at Club Avantage Multi-Sports in Quebec to play tennis a few hours before his evening show in front of a full house at the Videotron Center.
On Wednesday, Club Avantage Director of Sales and Business Development, Philippe Jack, received a call from an English speaker who wanted to book a court, explaining that he was from abroad and wanted to play with his boss. But no one doubted at the time that the president in question was a rock icon.
So yesterday, just before noon, Eddie Vader arrived in a hoodie and sunglasses, accompanied by a tour operator to discreetly exchange some balls.
“He was behind, he greeted me. I didn’t recognize him, and as he was playing, there was a staff member who said, ‘He’s a Pearl Jam singer,'” says Philip Jack, amused by the situation, but also a little disappointed. Because he didn’t immortalize the American visiting.
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Before the match, Eddie Vader and his buddy rented snow boots and bought sneakers to hit the ground at Club Avantage. When he left, witnesses said, his driver and bodyguard were waiting for him in a black GMC Yukon SUV.
“He didn’t say his name, but he was smiling and friendly” in front of the few people he met, says Philippe-Jacques.
A native of Chicago, Vader is not particularly recognized as a tennis lover, but above all as a big fan of basketball and the great years of the Bulls with Michael Jordan. He is also a die-hard Cubs baseball fan.
Moreover, while visiting the ancient capital in the early 2000s, he lamented the passing of Nordic, Quebec’s only professional sports team, to a raging crowd at the Old Colosseum.
Yesterday, members of the group posted on social media the list of songs from the show in front of the Remparts de Québec logo.
This isn’t the first time Club Avantage has hosted world-class musicians. A few years ago, members of the famous group Iron Maiden stopped at the Temple of Tennis in Quebec City for lessons.
Club staff reported that Rick Davis, lead singer of British band SuperTrump, did some brushstrokes.
In the world of sports, Quebec tennis player Felix Auger-Aliassime is undoubtedly the international superstar who frequents the establishment on Rue Bouvier, who grew up at the Avantage Club.
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