Late Night With Jimmy Fallon plans to devote an entire week to Pearl Jam from October 21 to 25. The program will feature performances from the band, as well as other artists rocking Pearl Jam classics. The show will start things off on October 21 with Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell performing "Footsteps," backed by members of the Avett Brothers. On October 22, Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold will be on hand to cover "Corduroy," backed by special guests. Then on October 23, country star Dierks Bentley will team up with Pearl Jam's Mike McCready and The Roots for a "one-of-a-kind performance," according to Fallon's website. Finally, the week will culminate with Pearl Jam returning to the Late Night stage on October 24 and 25 to debut music from their new album, Lightning Bolt, which will be in stores on October 15.
In other news, Pearl Jam kicked off their 2013 tour on Friday night with a two-and-half-hour show in Pittsburgh. Playing the Steel City for the first time in seven years, the band opened with the atmospheric cut "Pendulum" from LightningBolt, and also played new tracks "Mind Your Manners," "Sirens," "Infallible" and "Let the Records Play." Rolling Stone reports that the band also ignited the crowd by inviting Pirates pitcher Jason Grilli on to the stage and he played air guitar during "Whipping."
The appearance of Grilli comes in the wake of Pearl Jam's deal for their music to be used during Fox Sports' coverage of the World Series. As reported last week, the deal includes all 12 tracks from Lightning Bolt, plus 36 songs from the band's back catalog. The songs will be featured in all types of music beds during the World Series, from opening teases and commercial bumpers to montages, as well as additional promotional spots across Fox prime-time and cable networks throughout the month of November.