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's “People 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.