If you ask this girl, no one derserves a “week” on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” more than Pearl Jam. No one. They were there to prove that they are still on top of the world, and to promote their new album, “Lightning Bolt”. Here is a sample of that new album:
— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) October 24, 2013
This is just fun to watch. Go ahead. You know you want to:
This past week saw some pretty incredible covers of Pearl Jam hits from a career that spans almost four decades for Pearl Jam week. Take this Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes) cover of the classic “Corduroy” from 1994’s Vitalology, for example:
I know, “Where’s the beard?”, right? He also brought along some heavy hitters of his own to help him out! Those were lead guitarist Daniel Rossen, of Grizzly Bear and Department of Eagles renown, and drummer Neal Morgan, who has played with Joanna Newsom and Bill Callahan. “Corduroy” is one of my personal favorites and a hit that Eddie Vedder once said was about seeing a cheap jacket he wore now selling for $650.
This one saw Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and Temple of the Dog fame cover Jeremy B-side “Footsteps” with the Avett Brothers. I’m not a Chris Cornell fan, but he’s growing on me as he ages:
The week culminated with Pearl Jam themselves making a grand appearance singing their single from “Lightning Bolt” called “Sirens”:
After 23 years, these guys can still rock it. That’s 23 years with no major embarrassments, no damaging snaffus, no inexplicable hiatus, no break-ups, and even more impressive, no more than four years between each new album. Has that even been done before?
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