Pearl Jam play first European show in six years

And it’s a rare intimate affair for the Seattle band

Pearl Jam marked their first return European in over half a decade, with a rare club show in London tonight (April 20).

Playing the Astoria, the group used the sold out show to preview tracks from their new album – out on May 1- their first since 2002’s ‘Riot Act’.

With the band not having played Britain since their Wembley Arena in 2000 – a tour also included their ill-fated Roskilde Festival set during which nine people were crushed to death – anticipation was high amongst fans and tickets changed hands outside the venue for in excess of £300.

Acknowledging the wait for fans this side of the Atlantic, frontman Eddie Vedder told the crowd “It’s been a while. About six years,” before launching into a set that mixed old and new.

The band played:

‘World Wide Suicide’

‘Life Wasted’

‘Severed Hand’

‘Unemployable’

‘Gone’

‘Even Flow’

‘Sad’

‘I Am Mine’

‘Insignificance’

‘Army Reserve’

‘Present Tense’

‘Better Man’

‘Marker In The Sand’

‘Do The Evolution’

‘Why Go’

’Man Of The Hour’

‘Given To Fly’

‘Small Town’

‘Porch’

’Comatose’

‘Leavin’ Here’

‘Yellow Ledbetter’

’Alive’

The band are now set to return to the UK in August to headline at the Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds festivals.