"Lightning Bolt" - Pearl Jam in Chicago 7.19.13 [YouTube Live Song Premiere]

Brad Bershad

by Brad Bershad

Published July 21, 2013

Pearl Jam debuted 2 new songs in Chicago on Friday. Check out "Lightning Bolt":

The concert at Wrigley Field lasted until 2am because thunderstorms forced long delays.

Billboard reports that after the long delay and once the band played a few songs, and an emotional Eddie Vedder shared how important the concert was to him. The Chicago native and a Cubs fan said, "It's kind of like I've been waiting a lifetime for this one... Not only is this the crown jewel of Chicago, but the crown jewel of the whole planet earth."

The song is a rocker that will probably do well on radio once the studio version is released. The guitar parts are cool, and that lead part at the end gets pretty psychedelic. There are also some hints of influence from The Who as some of the bass runs harken back to John Entwistle and at the end Eddie Vedder does a jumping Pete Townshend-esque strum.

Click here to see video of the other new song Pearl Jam premiered that night, "Future Days"



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