It’s not Eddie Vedder, but the special guest at next month’s Hot Stove Cool Music show is nonetheless . . . interesting.
Organizers are expected to announce this week that MSNBC host and former Florida Congressman Joe Scarborough will be at the Paradise Feb. 3 to perform a few tunes at the annual benefit for Paul and Theo Epstein’s Foundation to Be Named Later.
Didn’t know Scarborough was a rock ’n’ roller? Well, he is. Earlier this year, the cohost of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” show released a pair of EPs, “Mystified” and “Welcome to the Monkey House,” and he’s been playing to promote them. (We’re guessing Scarborough’s cohost/fiancee Mika Brzezinksi will watching from the wings at the Paradise.)
“I know this doesn’t sound very rock star,” Scarborough told Vanity Fair over the summer. “But I turned 50 and I said, ‘I’m going to die and my kids are never going to see this side of me.’ ”
Last year, Vedder headlined Hot Stove and it was excellent. The Pearl Jam frontman played a slew of his own band’s songs and several well-chosen covers. This year’s performers include headliner Juliana Hatfield, who’s just released an LP of Olivia Newton-John songs, as well as Band of Their Own (including Kay Hanley and members of Belly and the Blake Babies), former Red Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo, and Peter Gammons, who just happens to be good buddies with Scarborough.
Here’s a clip of Scarborough performing on Stephen Colbert’s show.