IN FOCUS// Pearl Jam at BST Hyde Park, London

IN FOCUS// Pearl Jam at BST Hyde Park, London 1
Credit: Alina Salihbekova

Legendary Seattle grunge band Pearl Jam came to London to perform for two nights at BST Hyde Park. On Saturday, the 9th of July, Eddie Vedder, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, Mike McCready and Matt Cameron took the stage for the second time and gave a spectacular performance that included surprise appearances and emotional speeches.

The former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer was on stage filming and taking pictures of the band.

IN FOCUS// Pearl Jam at BST Hyde Park. London
Credit: Alina Salihbekova

The Beatles’ ‘All You Need Is Love’ started playing right before Pearl Jam took the stage, setting the positive tone for the evening. Among the tunes in the setlist were ‘Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town’, ‘Black’ and ‘Animal’ – alongside all-time greats’ Garden’ and ‘Alive’.

IN FOCUS// Pearl Jam at BST Hyde Park. London
Credit: Alina Salihbekova

For a rendition of Neil Young’s ‘Throw Your Hatred Down’, Eddie Vedder and the boys were joined on stage by The Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr. In between songs, Eddie spoke about horrible gun violence in the US, paid tribute to Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, dedicated a moment of thought to the war in Ukraine, and thanked everyone for coming to their London shows.

IN FOCUS// Pearl Jam at BST Hyde Park. London
Credit: Alina Salihbekova

Pearl Jam’s performance concluded with ‘Leash”, Alive’ and ‘Yellow Ledbetter’ – followed by a cover of The Who’s ‘Baba O’Riley’ with Johnny Marr. As a final word, Eddie told the audience, “Thank you for the last two days. Take care of yourselves, take care of our planet. We love you.”

 IN FOCUS// Pearl Jam at BST Hyde Park. London
Credit: Alina Salihbekova
Setlist:
Corduroy
Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town
Why Go
Deep
Wishlist (with “Waiting on a Friend” by The Rolling Stones tag)
Garden
Throw Your Hatred Down (Neil Young cover) (with Johnny Marr)
Do the Evolution
Animal
Dance of the Clairvoyants
Not for You (audience voted between “Not for You” and “Whipping”)
Rats (tour debut)
Faithfull (European tour debut)
State of Love and Trust
Eruption (Van Halen cover)
Black
Porch
Encore:
River Cross
Leash
Alive
Yellow Ledbetter
Baba O’Riley (The Who cover) (with Johnny Marr) (Also with Andrew Watt)
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Alina Salihbekova 74 Articles
Alina is a professional journalist and linguist who loves attending gigs. She's been taking pictures and reviewing live music since 2015 for a variety of different websites.Alina is a big music enthusiast and enjoys all sorts of different genres from nu-metal, industrial and hard rock to jazz, electronic and ambient music.

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