Pearl Jam Debuts ‘Her Majesty’ Cover In Toronto
Watch Eddie Vedder "borrow" The Beatles' classic on the same day of Queen Elizabeth's death.
Pearl Jam paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, by debuting a cover of “Her Majesty” by The Beatles during their concert on Thursday at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. Queen Elizabeth II died yesterday at age 96.
“Her Majesty” was originally recorded by the Fab Four as the final track on their 1969 studio album, Abbey Road. Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder performed the song solo acoustic in the four-slot of last night’s concert. “This is just a little one I’m going to borrow from Paul McCartney for about 90 seconds,” Vedder told the crowd before premiering “Her Majesty.” The short track prefaced Pearl Jam’s first version of Yield gem “All Those Yesterdays” since August 8, 2018.
Watch fan-shot video of “Her Majesty” and “All Those Yesterdays” below:
The Seattle-based rock band delivered a two-hour, 24-song performance in Toronto. A run of oldies “Daughter,” “Come Back” and “Sometimes” were followed by the “Her Majesty”/”All Those Yesterdays” sequence. Vedder then dedicated “River Cross,” the first of four songs from 2020’s Gigaton, to all those suffering in Ukraine. A brief take on Pink Floyd’s “Interstellar Overdrive” followed. Live staples “Corduroy” and “Quick Escape” were then broken up by the tour’s first “Hail, Hail” and second “Deep.”
After the ensuing “Even Flow,” Pearl Jam worked tags onto songs as “Who Ever Said” featured a bit of “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” played in the style of Devo and “I Got Shit” bled into a minute of Neil Young’s “Cinnamon Girl.” Vedder and his bandmates went on to end last night’s main set with Gigaton’s “Never Destination,” “Dissident” off 1993’s Vs., “Lukin” from 1996’s No Code and Vs.’ “Rearviewmirror.”
When Pearl Jam returned for the encore, bassist Jeff Ament was wearing a “Gord Fucking Downie” t-shirt. Vedder noticed a fan in the crowd with a sign requesting the band perform “Light Years” for Gord Downie. Eddie took the sign from the audience member and the group played the Binaural cut in honor of the late The Tragically Hip frontman. “Do The Evolution” came next before Pearl Jam dusted off their cover of Wayne Cochran’s “Last Kiss” for the first time since June 18, 2018. The band then looked to their 1991 debut album, Ten for “Jeremy” and “Alive” and said farewell with a take on Neil Young’s “Rockin’ In The Free World.”
Pearl Jam now heads to New York City. Up first is an invitation-only show at the Apollo Theater on Saturday. Then, the group returns to Madison Square Garden on Sunday.
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Setlist (via PearlJam.com)
Set: Daughter, Come Back, Sometimes, Her Majesty, All Those Yesterdays, River Cross, Interstellar Overdrive, Corduroy, Hail Hail, Deep, Quick Escape, Even Flow, Who Ever Said, I Got Shit, Never Destination, Dissident, Lukin, Rearviewmirror
Encore: Light Years, Do The Evolution, Last Kiss, Jeremy, Alive, Rockin’ In The Free World