Watch Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder cover Nine Inch Nails’ Hurt at Seattle show

Pearl Jam concluded the first leg of their Dark Matter North American run with a two-night hometown stint at Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena – and yesterday’s show featured a very surprising cover…

Watch Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder cover Nine Inch Nails’ Hurt at Seattle show
Emily Carter
Danny Clinch

Last night (May 30), Eddie Vedder covered Nine Inch Nails’ classic song Hurt for the first time at a Pearl Jam show.

The grunge legend has previously tackled The Downward Spiral’s masterpiece of a closer several times while performing solo, but at a hometown date at Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena yesterday, Eddie played it in front of over 18,000 fans to mark the end of the North American leg of the band’s Dark Matter tour.

Before the cover, the frontman reflected on those missing from the gig who had been a huge part of the Seattle scene coming up with PJ – referring to the likes of Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain and more.

“There’s no other guestlist as big as the one as we have when we’re in Seattle,” Eddie began. “San Diego, Chicago… nope. Seattle (laughs).

“To be honest, I wish it were longer. There are certain names that I so deeply wish were on the guestlist tonight, but we lost them too early and in ways we could never imagine. Damnit if I can’t stop thinking about them, but that’s a good thing too, I guess.”

Watch fan-shot footage of the cover below:

And see the full setlist from the night:

1. Black
2. Immortality
3. Why Go
4. Scared Of Fear
5. React, Respond
6. Wreckage
7. Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town
8. Dark Matter
9. Jeremy
10. Come Back
11. Corduroy
12. Pilate (tour debut)
13. In My Tree
14. Upper Hand
15. Waiting For Stevie
16. Love Boat Captain (tour debut)
17. Porch


18. Hurt (Nine Inch Nails cover – Eddie solo, acoustic; live Pearl Jam debut)
19. Inside Job
20. Running
21. Spin The Black Circle
22. Something Special
23. Alive
24. Rockin’ In The Free World (Neil Young cover)
25. Setting Sun

Catch Pearl Jam on their Dark Matter world tour at the following:


22 Dublin, IE Marlay Park
25 Manchester, UK Manchester Co-Op Arena
29 London, UK Tottenham Hotspur Stadium


2 Berlin, DE Waldbühne
3 Berlin, DE Waldbühne
6 Barcelona, ES Palau Sant Jordi
8 Barcelona, ES Palau Sant Jordi
11 Madrid, ES Mad Cool Festival
13 Lisbon, PT NOS Alive Festival


22 Missoula, MT Washington-Grizzly Stadium
26 Indianapolis, IN Ruoff Music Center
29 Chicago, IL Wrigley Field
31 Chicago, IL Wrigley Field


3 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
4 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
7 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
9 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
12 Baltimore, MD CFG Bank Arena
15 Boston, MA Fenway Park
17 Boston, MA Fenway Park


8 Auckland, NZ Go Media Stadium Mt Smart
13 Gold Coast, AU Heritage Bank Stadium
16 Melbourne, AU Marvel Stadium
21 Sydney, AU Giants Stadium

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