Pearl Jam headlined the Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park on Saturday.
The Seattle rockers delivered a 12-song set that opened with “Mind Your Manners” from 2013’s “Lightning Bolt” and included covers of tunes by John Lennon (“Imagine”) and Neil Young (“Rockin’ In The Free World”) – and a duet with Beyonce on the Bob Marley classic “Redemption Song.”
The concert is part of a campaign to end extreme poverty by 2030, one of three platforms of a new Global Goals initiative announced by the UN General Assembly; the plan also involves fighting inequality and actions to protect the planet.
Organizers billed the festival as “a critical lever for achieving policy and financial commitments that will shape the success of the Global Goals over the next 15 years.”
Saturday’s event also saw performances by Beyonce, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay - whose lead singer, Chris Martin, is the creative director of the annual event.
Pearl Jam will launch a month-long tour of South America in November.
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