Pearl Jam Pays Tribute to Teachers With White Stripes 'We're Going To Be Friends' Cover

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Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam performs at The O2 Arena on June 18, 2018 in London, England. 

Pearl Jam took some time to thank some special people in his kids' lives during their show in Seattle last night. Their cover of the White Stripes' hit, "We're Going To Be Friends" was a tribute to teachers worldwide.

Before the performance, Eddie Vedder gave a small speech in appreciation of the globe's educators, and particularly those who helped his own two kids, Olivia and Harper. “There’s one part of the community and one job in particular that deserves so much more notoriety than they receive. There are those who teach our children and teach them well. We’ve had the opportunity, we’re very blessed to have had some teachers that changed our kids’ lives.”

He asked those who had been heavily influenced by a teacher to raise their hands, which almost everyone in the crowd did. “And we have two special teachers that my kids brought tonight that I wanted to allow them some notoriety and some applause and some recognition from their fine group of neighbors here in Seattle. And I’d like to play this for them, borrowed from my friend Jack”, he continued before the band dived into the cover.   

Watch the whole clip below, with the song beginning around the 5 minute mark.    


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