Pearl Jam gave fans a massive bonus on July 14 in Oeiras, Portugal, during their headline set at NOS Alive. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers closed out their hit-filled 24-song setlist with a surprise appearance by Jack White for an intense cover of Neil Young's classic 1989 single “Rockin' in the Free World.”
Rolling Stone reports on July 15 that White had performed a 16-song set just prior to the legendary Seattle grunge-rockers appearance. During Pearl Jam's four-song encore, the “Icky Thump” hitmaker stepped onstage briefly during the band's lengthy jam of their 1991 live standard “Porch” for a teasing insert of the signature riff from The White Stripes single “Seven Nation Army.”
White then quickly exited while Pearl Jam roared their 1991 debut single “Alive,” but returned to perform multiple guitar solos during the night's finale. In the 7-minute 10-second video footage currently streaming at Pearl Jam's YouTube channel, fans roar their approval as frontman Eddie Vedder officially introduces White while lead guitarist Mike McCready tears into the instantly recognizable opening riff from “Rockin' in the Free World.”
White delivers a number of scorching lead solos during the jam as the entire festival crowd remains on their feet with hands pumping in the air. Vedder handles lead vocals on Young's scathing protest anthem with fierce intensity, singing, “There's colors on the street/Red, white and blue/People shufflin' their feet/People sleepin' in their shoes.”
Pearl Jam will wrap up their European tour with a big show on July 17 in London at O2 Arena. The “Last Kiss” hitmakers will then return to the U.S. for summer stadium tour, which kicks off on their home turf with a two-night stand from Aug. 8 through Aug. 10 in Seattle at Safeco Field and wraps up Sept. 4 in Boston at Fenway Park. Grab your Pearl Jam tickets now at AXS.
Jack White launches his second 2018 U.S. leg with a headline appearance on Aug. 15 in Chicago at Lollapalooza in continued support of his chart-topping studio album Boarding House Reach. Get your Jack White tickets right now at AXS.