The circus came to town on Wednesday night’s edition of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in the form of Pearl Jam, which closed out the show by performing a cover of Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World” with help from Colbert himself.
Pearl Jam, in New York for this weekend’s Global Citizen Festival, made its first television appearance of 2015 as a group on Late Show by playing “Mind Your Manners,” a track off the band’s most recent album, Lightning Bolt. While the crowd chanted “one more song,” Colbert whispered to lead singer Eddie Vedder, and the group — drummer Matt Cameron, guitarists Mike McCready and Stone Gossard, and bass player Jeff Ament — took off with “Free World.” Colbert contributed vocals on the track’s famous chorus.
“You don’t get to do that everyday,” Colbert said to the band after the performance ended.
Pearl Jam frequently closes out its live shows with the cover, often with guest stars (past contributors including Sleater-Kinney, Win Butler, and Neil Young himself). Colbert, obviously, seemed to have a blast.