Eddie Vedder Covers Neil Young & Patti Smith at President Obama's Farewell Address: Watch

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Eddie Vedder performs before President Barack Obama gives his presidential farewell address at McCormick Place in Chicago on Jan. 10, 2017. 

Eddie Vedder gave the POTUS a rock ‘n’ roll send off in Chicago Tuesday night (Jan. 10).

The Pearl Jam frontman teamed with the Chicago Children’s Choir for a mini-set prior to Barack Obama's farewell address. 

Vedder’s performance wasn’t carried in the live stream, but footage was captured and shared on social media from folks inside McCormick Place (see below).

According to eyewitness reports, Vedder performed “Rise” (his song from the Into the Wild soundtrack), before hitting covers of Neil Young's “Rockin’ in the Free World,” Patti Smith'sPeople Have the Power” and “(Something Inside) So Strong,” an anti-apartheid song first recorded by British singer-songwriter Labi Siffre in 1987. 

The Chicago Children’s Choir shared a snap of themselves with Vedder. The caption reads, “Honored to perform with this brilliant musician TONIGHT!”

Vedder wasn’t only the artist on hand to say thanks to the president: BJ the Chicago Kid gave a soulful rendition of the national anthem before Obama walked out to U2’s “City of Blinding Lights." When he completed his speech, the outgoing commander-in-chief joined with his family and closest aides to chat with supporters as songs from Bruce Springsteen, Brooks & Dunn, Tina Turner, the Traveling Wilburys, Stevie Wonder and many others rung out in the room. 





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