While much of the music world paid tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II via social media on Thursday (September 8), Pearl Jam managed to work a musical tribute into their performance in Toronto. Eddie Vedder took the lead and sang a bit of the Beatles’ “Her Majesty” to the crowd.
The song, credited to Lennon-McCartney, is the final cut on The Beatles‘ Abbey Road albums and features Paul McCartney take the lead vocal. Although Lennon received a songwriting credit, McCartney is actually the only musician to appear on the song. He would later perform the number for Queen Elizabeth II at the 2002 Palace Party.
Acknowledging McCartney’s association with the song, Vedder told the crowd at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, “This is just a little one I’m going to borrow from Paul McCartney for about 90 seconds.” And like McCartney, it was just Vedder and his acoustic guitar while the band got a little breathing room.
The nod came early in the band’s set, listed as the fourth track of the night, which then led into “All These Yesterdays”. This turned out to be the first time Pearl Jam had covered “Her Majesty” and fans also got something fresh with “All These Yesterdays” debuting right after. See fanshot footage below.
Queen Elizabeth II died on Thursday, September 8, aged 96. She was Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, spending 70 years of her life as Queen.
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Pearl Jam, “Her Majesty / All These Yesterdays” in Toronto (September 8, 2022)
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