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Pearl Jam covers Eagles of Death Metal song in Brazil one week after Paris attacks

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After changing the lyrics to “Love Boat Captain” to honor the victims of the Nov. 13 terror attacks in Paris, Pearl Jam again paid tribute to those affected by last week’s events during their stop in Brazil.

The band performed Eagles of Death Metal’s “I Want You So Hard” at their concert in Belo Horizonte on Friday night, one week after the deadly attacks in the City of Light.

“We’ve never played this,” frontman Eddie Vedder told the crowd in fan-shot video from the show (via Consequence of Sound), before launching into the track. (You can watch it here, beginning at the 17:10 mark).

Eagles of Death Metal were playing at Paris’ Le Bataclan concert hall when gunmen fired shots inside the venue and took hostages, killing 89 people. It was just one of a series of terror attacks around Paris that night that left 130 people dead.

Not long after the concert, the band’s representatives announced the members were safe. But the group’s merch manager, Nick Alexander, was killed in the violence, as were three members of their record label. 

On Wednesday, the California rockers released a statement, saying, “While the band is now home safe, we are horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened in France. Our thoughts and hearts are first and foremost with our brother Nick Alexander, our record company comrades Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser, and Manu Perez, and all the friends and fans whose lives were taken in Paris, as well as their friends, families, and loved ones.

“Although bonded in grief with the victims, the fans, the families, the citizens of Paris, and all those affected by terrorism, we are proud to stand together, with our new family, now united by a common goal of love and compassion,” the statement continued. “We would like to thank the French police, the FBI, the U.S. and French State Departments, and especially all those at ground zero with us who helped each other as best they could during this unimaginable ordeal, proving once again that love overshadows evil. All EODM shows are on hold until further notice.”