Rock Honors: Pearl Jam Pack Stage With Stars

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Our man on the scene, Steve Pavlopoulos, was delivering up-to-the-minute reports from Rock Honors: The Who (which taped this weekend) on what you’ll see this Thursday, July 17th at 9 pm on VH1. Check out his behind-the-scenes look at what went down on rock’s front lines. The above shot is from Saturday night’s festivities — check out more shots for a sneak peek at the show. Can’t wait to see Pearl Jam on Thursday? Watch them rock right now.

These events do this to me every time: I look forward to them before they come up, but when they actually happen, I am completely blown away by what I consider a once-in-a-lifetime live music experience. I walked out of the Pavilion at the beginning of Pearl Jam’s soundcheck and had to stop to look back in awe. (No kidding – and probably the first time I’ve ever been seen rocking out while carrying a $3,000 tripod.) From the first chord, you could tell that they meant business. They know (and love) this music, as the Who is in their lifeblood. Expect their set to be filled with songs from Quadrophenia, with the help of a string and horn section. The best thing about this venue is that when you exit the Pavilion, you can still hear the music pouring out and enveloping a good portion of the UCLA campus in glorious rock.

As much as I enjoy the band, I’ve never considered myself a Pearl Jam freak or anything (their fans eat, breathe, and sleep Pearl Jam –- as evidenced by their two-night, earth-shaking run at a jam-packed Madison Square Garden last month where 55,000 screaming fans were seen singing along to the entire show), but they sound inspired and ready to give their all to pay tribute to the Who (just as their fans give everything to Pearl Jam). These guys most definitely do not phone it in, and I think their set may prove to be the highlight of what is sure to be an incredible evening. Honestly, the way this is shaping up, nothing would really surprise me. Maybe the Faces will reunite and perform “Pinball Wizard” with Sir Elton. Maybe Jack Nicholson and Ann-Margret will show up as their characters from Tommy. All I’m saying is that there’s an air of “anything can and will happen” around here and I like it a lot. I’ve got three words for you: All-Star Jam. Stay tuned, people.