Watch Pearl Jam play ‘Angel’ for first time in 22 years

Christmas comes early during Telluride's Ride Festival

Pearl Jam performed ‘Angel’ for the first time since 1994 during their appearance at Telluride’s Ride Festival.

The band have been touring in support of their 25th anniversary, often digging out back-catalogue rarities for their live performances as part of the celebration. Headlining the Saturday of the festival, Pearl Jam performed their 1993 Christmas single ‘Angel’ as well as their 2009 Christmas single ‘Santa Cruz’.

Pearl Jam has only played ‘Angel’ a few times live, including an acoustic run-through at the 1992 Bridge School benefit concert. ‘Santa Cruz’ has only been played once before, in 2010.

According to Stereogum, before the performance of ‘Angel’ Vedder told the crowd: “Some of you may know that this next song doesn’t get played much and some of you may not. It was written by the guy who was our drummer. Dave Abbruzzese, We wish him well.”

Jack White‘s Third Man Records recently announced that they are to release a live Pearl Jam album through the Third Man Vault subscription series.

The live recording is taken from when the band played a surprise show at Jack White’s Third Man Records in Nashville last month (June 9) with White himself appearing onstage with the band.

The impromptu gig in front of just 200 fans (plus country stars Keith Urban and Margo Price) acted as a warm-up to Pearl Jam’s headline set at Bonnaroo festival the following weekend. You can watch the performance of ‘Angel’ below.