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Watch Pearl Jam & Rick Nielsen Wail Through "Baba O'Riley"

The Cheap Trick frontman lent his guitar chops to the Seattle grunge gods' cover of the Who's classic

Milwaukee isn't just a brew town or the place that Alice Cooper had a fond affection for in Wayne's World: It's also a city that knows how to rock, and the crowd went nuts for Pearl Jam on Friday night when they brought out Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen for a riotous cover of The Who's "Baba O'Riley."

As if Eddie Vedder's tambourine-crashing vamping wasn't enough, the band absolutely destroyed the classic track by the English rock gods, with Nielsen lending some serious weight to the tidal wave of noise that followed.

Pearl Jam isn't the only arena-headlining rock band Nielsen's been spending time with, either. In addition to his cameo with Eddie and the gang in Milwaukee, Nielsen recently spent time with the Foo Fighters in Chicago, where they wrote and recorded "Something from Nothing," the first single off Sonic Highways.

Given Nielsen's rock god status courtesy of Cheap Trick's reign with "I Want You To Want Me" and "Surrender," it's easy to see why both Grohl and Vedder would want to spend as much time with him as possible! Watch the live cut of Pearl Jam and Nielsen playing through "Baba O'Riley" above.

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