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Watch Pearl Jam Cover Pink Floyd’s “Mother”


Pink Floyd week on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon came to a rousing conclusion on Friday night with a performance by Pearl Jam. Watch the video below.

Eddie Vedder and Co. played “Mother,” from the 1979 rock opera The Wall. Vedder’s smoky vocal represented the tribute week’s biggest change from the original, as Pearl Jam brought the the song from its wavering acoustic introduction to a grandiose, organ-streaked crescendo.

Earlier in the week, MGMT covered “Lucifer Sam” (with a cameo by Deerhunter and Atlas Sound frontman Bradford Cox), Foo Fighters covered “In the Flesh?” (joined by Pink Floyd singer-bassist Roger Waters), and the Shins covered “Breathe.” Country star Dierks Bentley also performed “Wish You Were Here.”

The show’s tribute to Pink Floyd came as the English rock giants rolled out their massive reissues series. A six-disc box set edition of The Dark Side of the Moon is out now. Deluxe versions of Wish You Were Here (out November 7) and The Wall (February 27, 2012) will follow, along with a best-of collection titled A Foot in the Door (November 7).

In other Pearl Jam news, Cameron Crowe’s Pearl Jam Twenty documentary premiered September 20 in movie theatres nationwide. The soundtrack, loaded with rare and live tracks, is available now. Earlier in September, Pearl Jam also debuted a new song, the careening rocker “Olé.” Or check out our review of Pearl Jam’s 20th birthday concert here.

Watch: Pearl Jam, “Mother”