Watch Eddie Vedder Cover The Pretenders’ ‘Precious’ With Duff McKagan
Eddie Vedder resumed his earthling tour Monday, Feb. 22 at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Washington, after a Covid outbreak caused the band to postpone a few gigs in California. The show included covers of Tom Petty’s “Room at the Top”, The Sex Pistols’ “God Save the Queen”, Who’s “I’m One”, George Harrison’s “Isn’t It a Pity” and “All Along The Watchtower, plus Pearl Jam classics like “Porch”, “Wishlist”, “Corduroy” and “Dirty Frank” and several tracks from Vedder’s new solo album Earthling.
There were also special guests: Vedder was joined by his daughter Olivia for “My Father’s Daughter” and “Try,” while his other daughter, Harper, took the stage for “Long Way.” Amid the encores, Vedder brought in Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan to cover the 1980 Pretenders track “Precious”.
Vedder’s backing band, the Earthlings, includes drummer Chad Smith, bassist Chris Chaney and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer – a true ’90s rock supergroup with members of Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane’s Addiction and Guns N’ Roses. The band also includes guitarist Andrew Watt (who also produced earthling) and guitarist Glen Hansard. The encore to the Seattle show began with Vedder and Hansard performing the Everly Brothers’ “Sleepless Nights” duet.
the earthling The tour continues with a second night at Benaroya Hall tonight, February 22, before concluding with makeup shows in Los Angeles on February 25 and San Diego on February 27. After that, everyone goes back to their day jobs. Pearl Jam in particular will begin their long-delayed gigaton tour at Pinkpop Festival in Landgraaf, The Netherlands on June 18. American fans have been very eager to hear about dates on this side of the Atlantic, but they have yet to be announced.
Meanwhile, the Red Hot Chili Peppers will begin their highly anticipated reunion tour with John Frusciante on June 4 in Seville, Spain. Jane’s Addiction has scattered festival dates this year, and Guns N’ Roses will headline the Welcome to Rockville festival in Daytona Beach, Florida on May 21 before spending the rest of the year playing at the Mexico, Europe and Australia.
All of these plans show why Vedder and the Earthlings were only able to book a short US tour this year, but hopefully they’ll find time for more gigs in the future. It’s been an amazing ride and it looks like they’re just getting started