Pearl Jam brought Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer onstage for an impromptu cover of Neil Young’s “Rockin’ In The Free World” during a show in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Wednesday night.
As the improvised supergroup tore through Young’s 1989 anthem, singer Eddie Vedder tossed tambourines into the crowd and doused himself from a gigantic bottle of wine. Throughout much of the track, Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron played a floor tom and Smith manned the kit, while Klinghoffer traded leads with Mike McCready and Stone Gossard.
“Rockin’ In The Free World” has been a staple of Pearl Jam shows for years, and the band played it with Young himself in a now-classic appearance at the 1993 MTV Video Music Awards.
Pearl Jam will play a handful of European dates before embarking on a short U.S. stadium tour this summer, with gigs in Seattle, Missoula, Montana, Chicago and Boston.