While Pearl Jam was not among the many musicians and other entertainers who issued formal statements or comments on the death of pioneering rock legend Lou Reed, the band did pay tribute to the former Velvet Underground frontman in the best way possible: by playing his music. Jambase reported that at Pearl Jam's concert in Baltimore on Sunday night (October 27th), the group first played a snippet of Reed's signature hit, "Walk On The Wild Side" at the end of their own "Daughter," and later unveiled a full-blown cover of the Velvet Underground classic "I'm Waiting For The Man" during their lengthy encore.
Reed died on Sunday at the age of 71 due to complications from a liver transplant he received earlier this year.
Meanwhile, Pearl Jam also paid tribute to another rock legend over the weekend, although thankfully under better circumstances.
According to HenneMusic, Pearl Jam played two Van Halen cuts during its show in Hartford, Connecticut on Friday night (October 25th). The last time the band played the same venue, it aired out Van Halen's "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love," which led to a repeat performance on Friday.
Singer Eddie Vedder told the crowd, "The last time we played here, in 2010, we played a song and we said it was the only time we would ever play this song. And it was the only time we ever played this song. But as soon as we walked into the back room tonight . . . I was like, 'This is where we played that song! And, for some reason, I just really need to play that song again!' But before we play that song, he's (points to lead guitarist Mike McCready) going to play this song."
McCready then launched into Eddie Van Halen's classic "Eruption" guitar solo before the entire band fired up "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love.”
Pearl Jam is touring behind its 10th studio album, Lightning Bolt, and stops on Tuesday (October 29th) in Charlottesville, Virginia.