Pearl Jam kicked off its 25th anniversary tour in Florida this past weekend, with shows in Fort Lauderdale on April 8th and Miami on April 9th. The Fort Lauderdale concert featured singer Eddie Vedder donning a Donald Trump mask during “Do The Evolution,” which was reminiscent of him wearing a George W. Bush mask and performing the track “Bu$hleaguer” on the band’s 2003Riot Act trek.
- Earlier in the set, the band covered new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Cheap Trick’s “Surrender” — possibly just as Cheap Trick was getting inducted at a ceremony in Brooklyn, New York.
- Meanwhile the group’s Miami gig followed weeks of hype during which Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade posted a video offering the band the keys to American Airlines Arena and challenging them to a basketball game. Vedder referenced the video during Saturday’s show, saying that the contest didn’t happen but bassist Jeff Ament did get a chance to see a game.
- Pearl Jam started Saturday’s show a bit late and Vedder told the crowd they were not trying to pull a “Guns & Roses” but held the start time for people who got to the venue late due to heavy traffic.
- Vedder got political again at the Miami gig, saying that the sea level was expected to reach the third tier of the arena in a few years but that “your Governor (Rick Scott) seems to think he has a solution for that. He really seems to be handling it.”
- Pearl Jam concludes the Florida portion of its tour — which also included a stop on Monday (April 11th) in Tampa — on Wednesday (April 13th) in Jacksonville, before moving on to Greenville, South Carolina on Saturday (April 16th).
CHECK IT OUT: See Eddie Vedder in his Trump mask:
Watch the band play “Surrender” and “Even Flow” at the tour opener: