The giant orange inflatable effigy could be seen floating outside The O2 in London yesterday (July 17)
The veteran band’s show at The O2 yesterday saw fans being greeted by the inflatable orange balloon – which was debuted in public for the first time last week during the large-scale protests against the US President’s “working visit” to the UK – outside the venue.
Pearl Jam gave their blessing for the balloon to be stationed outside The O2 yesterday, with frontman Eddie Vedder later addressing Trump’s presidency, the balloon and the protests against Trump during the gig.
“[Trump’s] actually bringing people together in a great way,” Vedder said about the protests in London. “When you get 250,000 protestors of all ages, cultures, different sexual orientations… you know, maybe he’s uniting people in a way that could be needed in the near future.”
He then read out a selection of the signs that were displayed at the protests, including “Trump is as welcome as a World Cup third place play-off”. See Vedder’s speech on Trump and the protests – as well as images of the Trump balloon and a message from Vedder’s wife, Jill – below.