Pearl Jam performs first show in over a year, releases several new songs
On Saturday, September 18, Hall of Fame grunge band Pearl Jam performed their first show in three years and in doing so released a handful of new tracks for rabid fans.
The band, who performed at the Sea.Hear.Now Festival off the Beach in Asbury Park, New Jersey, performed six tracks from their most recent LP, Gigaton (2020). In addition, the group was able to introduce their new touring member Josh Klinghoffer, Variety reports.
The two Gigaton and Klinghoffer was supposed to be introduced to PJ fans over a year ago, but none have been able to do so due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many fans in attendance had originally purchased tickets to the festival (as part of the band’s then scheduled tour) over a year ago.
According to Setlist.FM, the Seattle-born group opened with their latest hit single, “Dance of the Clairvoyants.” Then come two songs never played before: “Quick Escape” and “Seven O’Clock”. The band later made their debuts “Never Destination”, “Superblood Wolfmoon” and “Take the Long Way”.
As a reminder, Pearl Jam played their hit, “Alive”, from the now 25-year-old record, Ten. The band also performed Neil Young’s cover, “Rockin ‘in the Free World,” and, of course, because they were in the artist’s hometown, “My City of Ruins” by Bruce Springsteen.
Variety added that Sea.Hear.Now producer and accomplished Asbury Park music photographer Danny Clinch sat down with the band on harmonica during their performance of “Red Mosquito.”
“We are delighted that you were successful,” Vedder told the tens of thousands in attendance. “We’re happy we were able to make it happen and I think we’re all going to make it together.”
The group thanked Asbury Park and the festival on Twitter after the concert:
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