On November 30, according to Billboard, veteran rockers Pearl Jam played a secret show as part of the opening festivities for the Quiksilver Big Wave Invitational surfing competition. The show occurred outdoors at the Waimea Valley Audubon Center on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.

Only 300 lucky souls were on hand to witness the event live. The band’s set list covered all aspects of their long, storied career. As expected, Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World” and the Who’s “Baba O’Reilly” closed out the show. Other songs from the set included “Even Flow,” “Better Man,” “Elderly Woman…,” “I Believe in Miracles,” and the band’s 2006 single, “World Wide Suicide.”

Surfing icon Kelly Slater got in on the proceedings as well, playing guitar on “Rockin’” and singing a few bars of “Indifference.” These are the kinds of things one can do with a friend like Eddie Vedder—who, in turn, participated earlier that day in the Paddle Out ceremony alongside the event’s competitors.

Pearl Jam continued a mini-Hawaiian tour December 2, playing a show at Honolulu’s Blaisdell Center. At the end of this coming week, the band will open for U2 on the last show (finally) of the Irish band’s Vertigo tour at Aloha Stadium.

Surfing, rocking, hanging out in Hawaii, rocking some more, opening for U2...just another day in the charmed life of Pearl Jam, rock immortals of America.

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