Pearl Jam Mixes Dylan, Politics at Bonnaroo
'This has to be the time,' Vedder tells thousands
By Kate Rockwood,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 15, 2008 1:00 PM CDT
Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder performs at the Bonnaroo music festival in Manchester, Tenn., Saturday, June 14, 2008.    (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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(Newser) – Pearl Jam stormed Bonnaroo's massive stage last night for a 3-hour live show that mixed B-sides and Bob Dylan covers with a heapin' helping of politics, reports Rolling Stone. The performance in front of tens of thousands was rare for grunge's supergroup, reports the AP, which has largely avoided such scenes since 9 were trampled to death at a 2000 show. But lead singer Eddie Vedder was far from shy.

“A song cannot change the world. But this many people can change the world," Vedder told tens of thousands of festivalgoers. “This has to be the time. It can't get any worse."