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Pearl Jam, Stephen Colbert Jam on 'The Late Show' Ahead of Global Citizen Festival [WATCH]

by Carolyn Menyes   Sep 24, 2015 11:46 AM EDT

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Pearl Jam are in New York City to play this weekend's Global Citizen Festival alongside Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay, but before that the legendary rock band stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to perform on TV for the first time in 2015. With a ravenous energy, Eddie Vedder and co. tackled their Lightning Bolt single "Mind Your Manners" and even jammed with Stephen Colbert on a rock classic.

Pearl Jam was very much on point at the Ed Sullivan Theatre as it ripped through the crunchy, fast-paced "Mind Your Manners." With a chaotic energy, which was amplified by a series of fast camera pans and tilted shots, Pearl Jam sounded very much like the well-oiled machine it is on its big single.

But, that wasn't all that the band had in store for The Late Show and the audience. The band also tackled its thrashy, loud version of Neil Young's "Rocking in the Free World." But, Vedder wasn't alone on vocal duties. Colbert joined Pearl Jam on stage, looking mildly out of place in a suit and tie, but gelling well with the vocals and headbaning his heart out when not singing.

And this isn't the first time the Late Show host joined his musical guests for a performance. On the opening night of his show, Colbert joined Mavis Staples, Ben Folds, Brittany Howard and more for a performance of "Everyday People."

Pearl Jam's new album Lightning Bolt is out now. This weekend, the band will headline Global Citizen Fest in NYC's Central Park.

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