Watch Pearl Jam Cover the White Stripes in Seattle
Pearl Jam has been working a lot of covers into their live shows in recent months, as has Eddie Vedder as a solo artist.
At a Pearl Jam show in their hometown of Seattle last night, Vedder paid tribute to an act that is definitely not from Seattle, the White Stripes, with a cover of the Jack-White-led band’s song “We’re Going To Be Friends,” off their 2001 album White Blood Cells. The purpose of the cover? A tribute to the teachers that enrich the lives of the 10 children of the members of Pearl Jam. Two of Vedder’s children’s teachers were in the audience. Quoth Vedder in his onstage banter:
So we’ll leave you to fantasize about further details of the Vonnegut-Vedder meeting, or earnestly consider what it would be like if Vonnegut and Jack White had met for dinner. In other White-Vedder news, White joined Pearl Jam onstage in Lisbon for a cover of Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the FreeWorld” last month.
Watch the monologue and performance of the Stripes cover below—which ends with Vedder’s cry of “Let’s hear it for Seattle’s teachers”—courtesy of Stereogum.