U2 and Pearl Jam join forces onstage

It's at a Make Poverty History gig

U2 and Pearl Jam have teamed up onstage at a Make Poverty History concert in Melbourne tonight (November 17).

Also present at the bash at the Myer Music Bowl were local acts Jet, Paul Kelly, Eskimo Joe, Evermore and the John Butler Trio.

Bono and The Edge joined Pearl Jam for a cover of Neil Young‘s ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’, a regular in Pearl Jam’s set, which featured new lyrics written for the occasion.

The bash was broadcast to thousands more on giant screens through Melbourne, Brisbane and two major Victorian regional towns, Geelong and Bendigo, reports Billboard.

The concert was held on the eve of the two-day G20 summit. Political leaders and finance officials from 19 countries, the European Bank, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund meet at the Hyatt Hotel to discuss global and domestic issues.

Both Bono and Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder have been openly critical of Aussie Prime Minister John Howard’s attitude towards the world’s poor, and have pushed for him to show more leadership.