You don’t successfully tour as long as Pearl Jam has without learning how to play to your audience. And that’s exactly what the group did during their first of three shows at Boston’s Fenway Park. To kick off their first show in the historic ballpark, the group played their first-ever live rendition of Aerosmith‘s “Draw The Line” as a nod to one of the city’s most famous acts.
“Boston’s always been good to us, from the Orpheum back in the day to all the Garden shows, this is just one more level, so we can’t thank you enough,” said Vedder before launching into the track off of the 1977 album of the same name. After the song ended, Vedder dedicated to Joe Perry, who collapsed onstage during a show with the Hollywood Vampires in July. Perry has since returned to performing with the band.
“That was for Joe Perry. We’re thinking about you,” Vedder said.
Pearl Jam were hardly done with their Boston love or their covers. They brought former Red Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo out on stage during their performance of “Black” and they covered Bob Dylan’s “Masters Of War”, Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” and The Who’s “Baba O’Riley” among others. Check out the Dylan cover below:
(Via Rolling Stone)