Pearl Jam show wows London crowd

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US grunge torch holders Pearl Jam began an extensive European and US tour with an intimate club show in London on Thursday night…

The five-piece band led by front man Eddie Vedder played most of their new album, entitled ‘Pearl Jam’, and dubbed ‘Avocado’ by fans, to euphoric fans in their first European show for six years.

The band were in high spirits, with all members on form and Vedder wise-cracking between songs, even wishing the Queen a happy birthday.

The packed-out-to-capacity Astoria saw fans singing along to classics such as ‘Better Man’ (see video – 109Mb), though they could be forgiven for their unfamiliarity with the newer material, much of which remains available only on illegal file sharing sites.