At the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan, on Thursday (June 26), Pearl Jam was joined by a couple of friends. Kid Rock, ZZ Top singer-guitarist Reverend Billy F. Gibbons, and Steve Earle were among the special guests, and a couple of them even made it on stage. Only one was by design, however–Earle joined Pearl Jam to play guitar on a show-closing rendition of Neil Young’s “Rockin’ In The Free World.”
Prior to that, however, Gibbons strolled to frontman Eddie Vedder’s microphone between the first and second encores to lead the crowd in cheering for the band’s return, and he was quickly ushered off by security guards. Gibbons had tried to take the stage earlier, but was restrained by Rock, who stayed in the wings all night.
At the show, Vedder dedicated Pearl Jam’s performance of “Better Man” to Detroit Red Wings hockey player Chris Chelios, who used to play for Vedder’s hometown team, the Chicago Blackhawks.