As much of the music world paid tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II via social media on Thursday (September 8), Pearl Jam managed to incorporate a musical tribute into their performance in Toronto. Eddie Vedder took the lead, singing a bit of The Beatles’ “Her Majesty” for the crowd.
The song, credited to Lennon-McCartney, is the final cut of The Beatles’ Abbey Road album and features Paul McCartney taking lead vocals. Although Lennon got a songwriting credit, McCartney is actually the only musician appearing on the song. He would later perform the piece for Queen Elizabeth II at the 2002 party at the Palace Celebration.
Acknowledging McCartney’s connection to the song, Vedder told the crowd at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, “It’s just a little bit that I’m going to borrow from Paul McCartney for about 90 seconds. And just like McCartney, it was just Vedder and his acoustic guitar while the band took a breather.
The nod came early in the band’s set, performed as the fourth track of the night, which then led to “All These Yesterdays.” This turned out to be Pearl Jam’s first time covering “Her Majesty”, with fans also getting something new with “All These Yesterdays” debuting on tour right after. See images taken by fans below.
Queen Elizabeth II died on Thursday September 8 at the age of 96. She was Britain’s oldest ruling monarch, spending 70 years of her life as queen.
Pearl Jam is currently wrapping up the final leg of its North American tour. Get tickets for the remaining stops here.
Pearl Jam, “Her Majesty/All These Yesterdays” in Toronto (September 8, 2022)
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