Christopher Rosen
May 19, 2015 AT 12:33 PM EDT

Eddie Vedder was the musical guest on Monday’s edition of The Late Show with David Letterman, making him the penultimate musician to take the stage for Letterman before the host signs off for good. (Bob Dylan is set to perform on Tuesday.)

As Letterman said during his introduction, Vedder first appeared on The Late Show in 1996, and has played many times since with his Pearl Jam bandmates. This time, Vedder was alone. But with the help of Paul Shaffer and members of the CBS Orchestra, the 50-year-old tore through a version of “Better Man,” off Pearl Jam’s 1994 album Vitalogy. Kudos to Vedder for not going obvious and playing “Leatherman.”

Watch “Better Man” above; see Vedder during a 1996 solo appearance below.


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