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Pearl Jam has been providing fans with many memorable moments since they returned to the road earlier this month, and this Mike McCready moment is the latest.

During the band’s May 9 show in Glendale, Ariz., Eddie Vedder said to the crowd during some between-song banter, “I don’t think we’ve played a show since Eddie Van Halen passed away, and he was another legend that we miss. And so we’ve been wanting to play one for him.”

Enter McCready who then proceeds to shred the hell out of EVH’s iconic instrumental “Eruption.” Guitar World notes, “McCready then kicks on his MXR Phase 90 and dives into the EVH classic – on a vintage Strat, no less. It’s a looser interpretation than some covers – with a somewhat shaky start – but soon settles into the ‘Van Halen’ cut’s trademark pyrotechnics, including the palm-muted runs and marathon two-hand-tapping outro, with a cheeky tease of the ‘You Really Got Me’ riff to close.”

The moment begins around the 1:17 mark in the video below, and frankly, it’s just nice. That’s a very simple way to describe it, but the internet is often full of just hot garbage. When at any given moment a nice thing happens, it almost makes you feel lighter and also cleaner.


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Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.