It may not have been the live debut Pearl Jam desired when they wrote “Dance of the Clairvoyants,” but it certainly packed a punch showing off the raw power of the tune.
Pearl Jam was among the many acts taking part in the All In WA virtual COVID-19 relief concert on Wednesday evening. The performance marked the first time the band played their Gigaton track in a live setting.
The socially-distant version of the song featured each member of the band performing in their own home. A few members switched up their normal roles as Stone Gossard traded in his guitar for a bass while Jeff Ament switched out his bass for a guitar and keyboard. There was also a special guest cameo by former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Kilinghoffer, who sang backing vocals.
Frontman Eddie Vedder held up a handheld camera throughout the entire performance recreating the live setting masterfully by using a smoke machine and stage lighting. Vedder’s wife Jill and his two daughters also made an appearance in the video.
Gigaton was released on March 27th and had a supplemental North American tour coinciding with the album. However, that was postponed due to the pandemic. The band was also set to tour Germany this summer, but were forced to postpone as well. Instead, they shared a tour sheet from their 1992 German tour on Twitter providing an interesting insight into the logistics of their travel.
The concert marked a statewide relief effort aiming to fight for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.