Pearl Jam Joined On Stage By Jay-Z

Pearl Jam were the headliners on Sunday at Jay-Z's Budweiser Made In America Festival that was held in Philadelphia over Labor Day weekend.

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Pearl Jam were the headliners on Sunday at Jay-Z's Budweiser Made In America Festival that was held in Philadelphia over Labor Day weekend. Jay-Z, reports the New York Daily News, who headlined on Saturday, joined Pearl Jam on stage for the song "99 Problems" from "The Black Album".

Chris Cornell had initially been scheduled to play the event on Sunday as well, and there was speculation as to whether he would join Pearl Jam on stage for a couple of Temple Of The Dog songs. But unfortunately Cornell canceled his appearance last week, citing a gig for the Obama campaign in Iowa on Saturday as the reason.

Pearl Jam played a two hour plus set with songs spanning their entire career as well as a couple of cover tunes, most notably their excellent cover of The Who's "Love, Reign O'Er Me", and the obligatory Neil Young set closer "Rockin' In The Free World". Pearl Jam don't have any more shows planned for the rest of the year, and reports have been conflicting on whether they've started work on the follow-up to 2009's Backspacer.

Thanks for the report to Gibson

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    iommi600
    Nothing against this guy or his music, but I just can't stand it, and boy, I tried to get into his music.
    Dostoyevskian
    I don't like his stuff either. It's an interesting mix of musicians, but I can't see there being a whole lot of crossover love between the two fanbases.
    distortyourself
    I was at this show and watched this happen, it was really awesome, and the crowd was absolutely into every second of it. I read in the local paper a few days later that PJ and Jay-Z decided to do this about 30 minutes before they went on. It was cool because JayZ came out while PJ was playing W.M.A. [a song about police harassment] and Jay did 99 Problems [also a song about police harassment] Cool in my book
    PoorePlaysBass
    Jay-Z is one of the best rappers on the planet, period. I listen to a little bit of everything, and I know even the metalheads on this site could appreciate him. No auto-tune, no pop elements, and not constant money/sex/drugs/women. I love both Pearl Jam and Jay-Z, and I thing the collaboration is great.
    vppark2
    Ill admit he is better than most of the trash like Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Waka Flocka, Rick Ross, and a lot of the other mainstream bs, but hes not necessarily "one of the best" in my book. He can be good when he wants to, kinda like Kanye. Current rappers that I see good at ALL times are Nas, Lupe Fiasco, Hopsin, and Wale. I also really like Kid Cudi and Common, but not all of their songs r great. And then there's white rappers like Yelawolf, and Eminem ill enjoy from time to time. Oh, and Tech N9ne. Excuse me UG for expressing my rap music taste btw lol.
    jrodgers
    All those people are good, but as it's been for almost twenty years now, hip hop/rap begins and ends with the Roots. Even their newer albums are still putting everyone else away with musicianship, songwriting, maturity, lyrics, and sophistication
    vppark2
    Totally forgot about them. I do give them a listen every so often when I think of it. Jurassic 5, Gorillaz, and Aesop Rock r also great. And some songs from Chiddy Bang ill accept.
    dewitt
    Opinions aside, what puts him above any other average rapper? I really don't see what makes him special, aside from the fact that he's been at it for quite some time. His rapping has always seemed extremely generic and boring, to me, and I would mark his talent as average, at best.
    jakka93
    "joined Pearl Jam on stage for the song "99 Problems" from "The Black Album" " My favourite Metallica song.
    SkepsisMetal
    Love PJ Don't like Jay Z But cool nonetheless. Personally I'd have preferred some footage of Cornell and Vedder jamming some shit together, but I won't complain.
    HighVoltageMT
    The report is wrong, Pearl Jam is playing in Missoula, MT later this year for Jon Tester.
    tikinparmar
    It was alright. I think there were a lot of hardcore Pearl Jam fans out there that started chanting Pearl Jam as soon as Jay Z came on, trying to get him to leave. it was his show though so, I guess Jay z could do whatever he wanted.
    INSULIN
    i miss when bands just played no dam rapping and samples turntables i don't even think i even heard more thamn a minute of rap
    Valgoroth
    Pearl Jam can play a Jay Z song no problem. I want to see what happens when Jay-Z tries to play a Pearl Jam song (no, samples aren't allowed)
    beineken
    I tend to lol when I see/hear people say things like "I want to see what happens when Jay-Z tries to play a Pearl Jam song (no, samples aren't allowed)," completely missing the point of the genre. No hip-hop producer or rapper is trying to convince you they can play rock music as well as Pearl Jam. Why are you critiquing Jay-Z's music on the same scale you use to critique Pearl Jam's? Most of the comments about rap that I see on UG are comparable to a food critic trying to judge gymnastics: YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT, AND YOU'RE AWARE OF THAT, SO WHY ARE YOU VOLUNTARILY VOICING YOUR UNEDUCATED OPINION? If any naysayers of rap music care to be converted, I highly recommend they look up Jay Electronica's "Eternal Sunshine (of the Spotless Mind)" on rapgenius and soak in all the poetic beauty and potential this artform.