Pearl Jam Tear Through Their Back Catalog
Pearl Jam bristled with intensity during their Rock Hall performance. The band opened with "Alive," which gave Dave Krusen, the drummer from the group's debut album, Ten, a chance to sit in behind the kit. Eddie Vedder rumbled and rasped through the song's life-affirming chorus, but Mike McCready got the final word, hurtling through a head-turning solo and unfurling long streams of notes at remarkable speed as Krusen bashed away behind him.
Pearl Jam's current drummer, Matt Cameron, returned for the next two songs, "Given to Fly" and "Better Man." Both selections allowed the band to open at a stately pace before blasting off. The crowd began to sing along, unprompted, as soon as Pearl Jam started playing "Better Man," and the group ended their set at full tilt, with Vedder and the audience trading lines and McCready carving out space for another impressive solo.