Pearl Jam Salute Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, Welcome Red Sox Alums at Fenway Park Shows
There's little doubt that Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder is a major baseball fan, so it's a little extra special for the rocker when his band gets to play some of the more historic venues in baseball history. That happened over the weekend as Pearl Jam played a pair of dates in Boston at the legendary Fenway Park. And seeing as they were in Boston, the group worked in several special moments dedicated to Boston legends of sport and music.
During the first night, Pearl Jam worked the Aerosmith classic "Draw the Line" into their set, marking the first time they had covered the song live. "That was for Joe Perry. We're thinking about you," Vedder told the audience. Perry recently had a health scare, collapsing during a Hollywood Vampires show, but after being hospitalized, the guitarist was able to return to the all-star band's tour. Fan-shot footage of the Pearl Jam performance can be seen above.
During the second night of their Boston stay, the band added another element to their "Draw the Line" cover, welcoming Aerosmith's Tom Hamilton to the stage to play with them. After a little stage banter in which Hamilton revealed he was rusty having played shows with Thin Lizzy this summer, he "followed along" with Pearl Jam's performance of the song.
Being at Fenway, Eddie Vedder also took the time to talk baseball and welcome several Red Sox vets. During both nights, retired Red Sox great Kevin Youkilis was used to introduce the song "Sleeping By Myself," with Vedder calling for a "uke," and having the player bring him a ukulele. Vedder also welcomed former Red Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo, who also has his own band. Arroyo played acoustic guitar and sang backing vocals on "Black" during the first night performance.
Other baseball mentions of note included the introduction of legendary sportswriter Peter Gammons, a taunting wave goodbye to Alex Rodriguez of longtime Red Sox rival the New York Yankees after the player announced Sunday that his last game would come this week and a dedication of "Faithfull" to retiring Red Sox hero David Ortiz. Vedder did get some boos mentioning his fandom of the Chicago Cubs to the crowd, but reminded the audience of how it felt having such a long World Series drought before the Red Sox finally won a championship.
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