By Johnny Firecloud at 11:45 AM Monday, May 18th 2009
We don’t make a habit of covering late-night talk shows, but the highly-anticipated June 1st premiere of The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien just got a whole lot cooler: Pearl Jam will be the show’s very first musical guest.
Pearl Jam is expected to play material from their yet-untitled ninth studio album, which is currently getting the finishing touches and is expected later this year. The band has held a near-exclusive loyalty to David Letterman for several years when playing the late-night talk show circuit, partially due to Dave’s authority-bucking tendencies and genuine love of the band.
Here’s one example – an awesome rendition of PJ’s Hail Hail on Letterman’s commercial-free broadcast in 1996:
If that piqued your interest, check out this spot-on version of Save You, another (and more recent) Letterman clip, from the band’s Riot Act album.
Since we’re on a roll, here’s a clip of PJ frontman Eddie Vedder (yup, blonde hair, earring & all) singing Heart To Hang On To with Pete Townshend.
I’ll be in the Philippines on June 1st, but my TiVo’s all up in this action. Be there.