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Pearl Jam covered 'Driven to Tears' with Sting at MSG

Plus, a bonus cover of ‘Surrender’ with the guys from Cheap Trick

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Pearl Jam hit Madison Square Garden in New York on Monday for the second of two sold-out performances, and brought along a special guest: Sting, who helped singer Eddie Vedder and the band perform The Police’s classic “Driven to Tears.”

After introducing the song as an appropriate response to the din of noise surrounding the presidential election, Vedder sang the first verse before giving way to Sting. The English rock star strolled out on stage without any introduction and tore through the lyrics while the members of Pearl Jam played behind him. Sting left the stage before the song ended, singing, “goodnight, Pearl Jam,” as he exited.

“That’s incredible,” Vedder said at the end of the cover. “That’s our all-time favorite singer, favorite bass player, favorite writer, favorite activist, favorite humanist. That was a real honor.”

Pearl Jam has played “Driven to Tears” in concert before, including multiple times during the group’s 2003 tour. The band last played “Driven to Tears” in 2009.

See fan-shot footage below.