There were a number of fill-in hosts for David Letterman over the years of The Late Show. On Friday, it was Letterman who was pulling fill-in duties. He covered for Neil Young to induct Pearl Jam into the Rock n Rock Hall of Fame. And he was a good choice. Letterman was a big supporter of the band during his time as Late Show host. They once performed 10 songs in a night and were on his show 7 times. He had this to say
‘…Then, in 1991 things in the world of musical culture changed with an album entitled Ten. It was like a chinook coming out of the Pacific Northwest. It had an anger to it and it appealed to twenty-something people who felt displaced and unemployed and left out. I was almost 50 and even I was pissed off and it was also easy to dance to but that’s another deal.
Then, it turned out that these guys in Pearl Jam were something more than a band. They’re true living cultural organisms. They would recognize injustice and they would stand up for it. Whether it was human rights or the environment. Whether it was poverty. They didn’t let it wash over them. They would stand up and react.’
You can read his full speech and a little more from Rolling Stone, here