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Monday, September 12, 2011

Pearl Jam Joined by Neil Young for 'Rockin' in the Free World" Encore Last Night in Toronto

Pearl Jam & Neil Young
Photos via Purple Words on a Grey Background

Neil Young made a surprise guest appearance last night at Pearl Jam's concert at Toronto's Air Canada Centre.

A 15-minute "Rockin' In The Free World" ensued.

When Young walked onto the stage, it was as if the ACC roof was going to give way, with the crowd bursting into thunderous ovation.

Mike McCready ran side stage and handed his guitar to Neil, who came out during the extended solo section, and Neil joined the guys by bouncing around and throwing lead licks off every corner of the building. McCready ran and snagged another guitar so he could re-join the fun, and fun it was – ear-to-ear smiles from everyone in the room, including all PJ members.

Eddie Vedder said: "If Pearl Jam are being called PJ20 this year then Uncle Neil would have to be dubbed NY51".

Neil is in town for the premiere of new Jonathan Demme film Neil Young Journeys at the Toronto Film Festival.

UPDATE: Another angle with Neil joining @ ~3:00 Pearl Jam w/ Neil Young - Rockin' in the Free World - YouTube.


At 9/12/2011 10:42:00 PM, Anonymous Mother Nature on the Run said...

Way to go, Eddie!

At 9/12/2011 10:56:00 PM, Anonymous Mother Nature on the Run said...

Wow. That's real love when a musician hands his vintage Gibson ES over to another musician...

At 9/12/2011 11:01:00 PM, Anonymous Mother Nature on the Run said...

Oh wait, that was his Les Paul...

At 9/13/2011 12:30:00 AM, Anonymous Carson said...

What a weekend to be a Neil fan in Toronto! Vedder was alluding to Uncle Neil all night, but never in my wildest dreams did I think the big man would come out for the encore. Blew my mind.

Here is another video of the collaboration:

Also, the premiere of Neil Young Journeys tonight was amazing. Demme truly made a great film. So cool to see Neil driving through the city where I live, taking the same exit I do every day! There was an open Q&A with the audience afterwards and an old crush of Neil's from his early days revealed herself. Neil seemed genuinely shocked and extremely happy. A truly great moment shared between two people, albeit in front of 3000. Truly an unforgettable couple of days.

At 9/13/2011 04:19:00 AM, Anonymous Carson said...

Also of note, during the Q&A period after "Neil Young Journeys", Neil revealed he has finished writing one book and is working on another. Innaresting...

At 9/13/2011 08:36:00 AM, Blogger Jonathan said...

Wow - yes he wrote the song but it is amazing how he instantly becomes the band leader when he has his guitar - as Briggs said in 'Shakey'.

Is this the 1st time Neil has really rocked with a full electric band since Ben Keith passed last year?

At 9/13/2011 09:23:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw "Neil Young Journeys" last night and it was a great experience. Neil, Peggy, Elliot, Jonathan Demme, Daniel Lanois and even Eddie Vedder were there. Vedder could only stay for the first few minutes of the show 'cause he had to go across town to play his own show.
It was the first time a movie had ever been shown with 9.6kHz sound and Neil remarked that probably all movies will soon be shown that way "the Theatres just need to make some minor renovations..." to which everyone laughed.
It was cool being in the theatre with the guy watching himself perform.
I wonder how he felt about watching himself play "Ohio" with the video from Kent State playing over top of the song and all of us cheering when we heard the opening riff... That must be a very confusing/difficult feeling and Neil is probably one of the only people who will ever experience that.

At 9/13/2011 10:02:00 AM, Blogger Michael said...

I was looking at PJ20 soundtrack on iTunes... It has Walk With Me from Bridge Benefit last year on it.

At 9/15/2011 09:14:00 PM, Blogger TomCrac said...

@Mother Nature...I couldn't tell you how thrilled I would be that Neil rocked out on one of my guitars....priceless!

At 9/17/2011 03:21:00 PM, Anonymous Mother Nature on the Run said...

When Neil Young rocks out on anything it's priceless! Pass that popcorn over here, boys!

(HeyTomCrac! Good to see you're back online again!)


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