Pearl Jam’s been keeping it interesting on tour, dropping covers of Pink Floyd, the Who and Neil Young along with rarities (and even sporadic whole albums) in their near-three-hour shows. Here’s a 2016 rendition of one lesser known favorite from the grunge-era survivors’ 1991 debut Ten. They’ve also had a few special guests, from Cheap Trick to Sting, show up for cameos. So nobody knows what Pearl Jam will pull out of the hat to rock Fenway Park on Friday and Sunday nights. Just be sure that old Theo Epstein buddy Eddie Vedder will have a ball in our old park.
Saturday brings a smoking (as in weed) hip-hop double bill of Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa to Mansfield’s Xfinity Center while blues-rock veteran George Thorogood gets gritty downtown at the Wilbur Theatre. But the weekend’s most intriguing event is the Saturday/Sunday return of the Boston Rock Opera after a decade-plus absence to salute David Bowie with three bands, one directed by Either/Orchestra saxophonist leader Russ Gershon to recast the late art-rock icon’s mysterious 2016 swan song Blackstar. Another band led by Mick Mondo recreates Bowie’s 1972 glam classic The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars and a third led by Matt Sullivan performs hits. “Stardust to Blackstar: the Lives of David Bowie” takes place at Cuisine en Locale’s Once Ballroom and also features such local rock stalwarts as John Powhida, Peter Moore, Joel Simches, Ken Field, Andrea Gillis, Phil Aiken, Goddamn Glenn, Gene Dante and Drew Townson. It’s a particularly ambitious undertaking for the Eleanor Ramsay-produced BSO, seen here in a past tribute to Jethro Tull.
Sunday also rocks with electric Hot Tuna (led by ex-Jefferson Airplane guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Casady) and Colorado newgrass outfit Leftover Salmon at the Wilbur, Montreal’s rockabilly extremist Bloodshot Bill and the Hick Ups at Atwood’s Tavern, and the first of two nights with reunited Boston-bred hardcore heroes Piebald at Royale.