Watch Pearl Jam Rock With Cheap Trick & Sting at Madison Square Garden, Dig Up Some Old Favorites
On Monday night, Pearl Jam played Madison Square Garden for the second consecutive evening, wrapping its time in New York on its current North American tour. The marathon show included two encores and a pair of special guests helping PJ cover some of their old favorites.
Early in the set, Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen and Tom Petersson came onstage to join Pearl Jam in “Surrender.” Below, watch Eddie Vedder introduce the recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and rock through the ol’ signature song, along with a little shout-out to when they played Mike McCready’s birthday party earlier this year.
But that wasn’t it: Twenty songs later (according to Setlist.fm), Pearl Jam welcomed Sting to the stage during their second encore. Together, they went with a Police song, but not one of the standards. Below, watch them perform “Driven to Tears,” a non-single from their 1980 album Zenyatta Mondatta.
Before the performance, Vedder reflected on his uneasiness with the world’s 24-hour news cycle, which linked into the song’s original inspiration: feelings of helplessness while witnessing tragedies on television.
Next up, Pearl Jam hits Quebec City’s Centre Vidéotron on May 5.