Watch Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder cover U2 and The Cure at his own festival

Eddie Vedder
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The seventh stage of Eddie Vedder's Ohana festival took place this weekend, September 29 to October 1, and Pearl Jam's frontman found space in his headlining set with his band Earthlings to pay tribute to two of his favourite bands by covering U2's One and The Cure's Just Like Heaven.

Vedder shared headlining duties at the festival, which took place in Dana Point, California, with The Killers and Foo Fighters: others artists on the bill included The War On Drugs, Pretenders, The Chicks and Big Joanie. 

Vedder's 20-song headline set on September 30 also included covers of Room At The Top by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Precious by Pretenders, The Beatles' Hey Jude, and Neil Young's Rockin' In The Free World, which Pearl Jam have been covering for decades. Vedder also performed Pearl Jam's Wishlist, Not For You, Lukin, Better Man and Just Breathe along a selection of his solo album tracks.

Vedder's solo band includes Midas touch producer Andrew Watt (The Rolling Stones, Ozzy Osbourne, Iggy Pop), who's been working on the next Pearl Jam album, Glen Hansard from Dublin's The Frames, plus ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Adam Klinghoffer and ex-Janes Addiction bassist Chris Chaney.

Watch the band play their U2 and The Cure covers below:

Vedder also guested with The Killers during their headline set, to cover Tom Petty's The Waiting. Rather more randomly, Sammy Hagar also joined The Killers onstage, to duet with Brandon Flowers on a cover of Van Halen's Why Can't This Be Love. Flowers introduced Hagar with the words, "Is it too late to blow your minds again?"

Watch that cover below:

Paul Brannigan
Contributing Editor, Louder

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.