Pretty sure that Pearl Jam loves their occupation. Show after show goes on for three high-energy hours of hits and deep-cut surprises. How can they amp up their performance even more? By playing in a venue that holds special meaning for the band’s MVP: Chicago’s Wrigley Field, Eddie Vedder’s happy place.
For the tour stop of The Home X Away Shows, fans were treated to a cover of “Rebel Rebel,” the first time Pearl Jam performed the David Bowie song live. The timing of this new cover rollout was seemingly related to a walk-off grand slam by David Bote of the Chicago Cubs that happened earlier in the week. You following this? David Bote hits a grand slam, then Pearl Jam covers David Bowie.
Eddie Vedder, a big Cubs fan, clearly loves being in the baseball environment and that excitement shines through in his vocal delivery. Although the song has been covered by many artists, the Pearl Jam version is alive with a driving drum beat, and of course, Vedder’s huge stage presence. The cover is shorter than Bowie’s because PJ dropped a chorus and about eight lines in the verses. This Diamond Dogs cut may not be Pearl Jam’s best song, but the audience clearly loves singing along to to “Doo doo doo-doo doo doo doo doo.”
Here’s hoping recent sports highlights driving cover song selections becomes a thing.