Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder takes the band’s frequent cover of Neil Young’s iconic hit “Rockin’ in the Free World” to a brand-new, immersive level during a live show on March 21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In a fan-captured video (which you can watch embedded above) the Seattle native grunge band is joined on stage by Red Hot Chili Peppers members Chad Smith and Jeff Klinghoffer. Pearl Jam has covered the song numerous times throughout the years in many forums. But, Vedder really heats things up -- and then cools himself down, during this performance in Rio.
Starting at around 3:33 into the clip, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer starts dancing around the stage during a long instrumental break. He revs up the crowd, urging them to yell and clap along. Then he bends down, uncorks a huge wine bottle and pours the entire thing over his head. It’s like he’s taking a wine shower—he thrashes his head around and wine sprays all over the stage before he wipes his face off with a towel as the song comes to a close.
Pearl Jam’s live Rio show is part of the band’s recently-announced 2018 South American tour, which followed the release of their new single, “Can’t Deny Me.” The track hails from the group’s highly-anticipated upcoming eleventh studio album, which is being produced by longtime collaborator Brendan O’Brien. “Can’t Deny Me” is available to order here.
The Grammy-winning band will also be touring in Europe this summer, including a two-night stop at London’s O2 Arena on June 18 and June 19 (click here to purchase tickets from AXS). The “Do the Evolution” performers will also embark on a string of U.S. dates beginning in August as they return home to their Seattle, Washington roots to kick things off.
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