Jimmy Fallon is featuring Pearl Jam Week on "Late Night."
Venerable rockers Pearl Jam have a new No. 1 album and are the musical focus this week on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon." For the past three nights, different acts have taken runs at Pearl Jam songs, with what fans might agree are varying degrees of success.
It's not easy to replicate the iconic voice of lead singer Eddie Vedder. There's a reason he was so often imitated during the '90s heyday of grunge. But thankfully, Fallon didn't roll out Creed.
Chris Cornell kick-started "Late Night's" Pearl Jam Week on Monday with a cover of "Footsteps," off 2003's "Lost Dogs" album. The Soundgarden frontman was joined by the Avett Brothers, Seth and Scott, on guitar and banjo.
Tuesday night, Fallon enlisted Robin Pecknold, singer for Seattle folk band Fleet Foxes. Joined by another guitarist and a drummer, Pecknold took on "Corduroy" off Pearl Jam's 1994 album "Vitalogy."
The third cover of the week, on Wednesday, cheated a bit by adding an actual Pearl Jam member to the mix. Guitarist Mike McCready helped country singer Dierks Bentley and some of The Roots perform the classic hit "Alive," from Pearl Jam's 1991 debut, "Ten."
So which act's unique take did you like the best? Cast your vote in the attached survey.
Thursday and Friday on "Late Night," Pearl Jam will regain control of its musical catalog as the band is slated to perform. The new album "Lightning Bolt," Pearl Jam's 10th, sold 166,000 copies this week to take the top spot on the charts.
First published October 24 2013, 8:19 AM