Pearl Jam had to cancel some shows recently amid Vedder’s health issues. The band is scheduled to return to a live stage only in September when they start their Autumn North American tour. The band kicked off the tour on Sept. 1 in Quebec City, Canada.
Eddie Vedder performed after a string of canceled shows
Pearl Jam opened up the show with a series of acoustic songs, kicking off a gig with “Daughter” for the first time since 2010, and including the rarely-played B-Side “Other Side” from their “Riot Act” era.
The concert also served to promote the band’s latest album, 2020’s “Gigaton”, which was featured on the setlist with 5 songs. Besides the usual Pearl Jam classics, the group included a version of Prince’s “Purple Rain” with a little help from touring collaborator Josh Klinghoffer.
The band cancelled their 3 last shows. It happened as there were concerns over frontman Eddie Vedder’s vocal health. Though they were told to stop the tour, the band went back to action to wrap up their European Summer tour.
The cancelations were caused after Vedder’s throat suffered damage from wildfires in France during the band’s recent show in Paris. “To all those who were anticipating a great Pearl Jam show tonight in Vienna, we were too. However, due to the extreme circumstances at the last outdoor site outside of Paris (heat, dust, and smoke from the fires) our singer Ed Vedder’s throat was left damaged,” the band said in a statement about the earlier show cancelations. “He has seen doctors and had treatment but as of yet, his vocal cords have not recovered.”