Pearl Jam have delighted fans with a socially distanced performance of ‘Dance of the Clairvoyants’ from their latest album Gigaton as part of the All In WA: A Concert for COVID-19 Relief live stream event.
Marking the band’s first group performance in two years, the group cleverly adapted to coronavirus-imposed restrictions by having each member of the band performing separately in isolation.
The performance saw Eddie Vedder utilise psychedelic lights and various props (along with cameos from his wife and daughters), while bassist Jeff Ament performed from his Montana home and guitarist Mike McCready rocked out with some glow-in-the-dark paint.
Along with a show from Pearl Jam, the event saw a slew of iconic performances from various artists, including Dave Matthews, Brandi Carlile, Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard, Macklemore, Ciara, and Sir Mix-a-Lot.
Following the all-star gig, All In WA: A Concert for COVID-19 have revealed that the event managed to raise an eye-watering $45 million towards providing financial relief for support workers and their families who have been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, along with donations to various community support groups.
“Communities across Washington State are facing unprecedented needs as a result of the COVID-19 crisis,” a statement on the official website began. “From Seattle to Spokane and Whatcom to Yakima you can help communities at the local level across the state through All In WA.”
The event was initially set to take place on Wednesday, June 10, but due to the ongoing protests in the US following George Floyd’s death, organisers eventually made the decision to reschedule the show to take place on June 24.
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“With the events that have taken place over the past several days, built on generations of trauma and violence, the organisers of All in WA have decided to reschedule All in WA: A Concert for COVID-19 Relief to Wednesday, June 24,” organisers said in a statement.
“We recognise the pain and injustice the black and African American community is facing, once again, and the need to honour the ongoing marches, protests and organising.
“We also want to give space for our community to focus on what matters most at the moment; acknowledging and addressing systemic racism and violence that dehumanizes black people and families and taking steps to build to a new reality.
“We recognise that for many in our community and country, this grief and trauma are nothing new, and the effects are compounding.”
Pearl Jam had initially planned to tour for throughout 2020 following the release Gigaton in March, however, COVID-19 restrictions forced the band to postpone shows until further notice.