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Pearl Jam vs. X Japan – Best Live Band Finals

Pearl Jam vs. X Japan
Gareth Cattermole, Getty Images / Courtesy of X Japan

One by one, many a great live act has fallen, and now we’re down to the final two of the Loudwire Best Live Band tournament.

On one side of the bracket, you have Pearl Jam, who defeated Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters and Green Day in the first three rounds. Once they reached the semifinals, Pearl Jam bested Iron Maiden in a hard fought battle. Now the five piece of Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament and Matt Cameron advance to the Best Live Band championship. As one of rock’s most enduring bands, the group has generated plenty of acclaim for their epic live shows.

Their opponent in the finals will be X Japan, one of Japan’s most iconic rock outfits. They made it this far by successfully beating out Linkin Park, Avenged Sevenfold and Slipknot in the first three rounds. They also earned a decisive win in the semifinals over Tool to get to this final matchup. The veteran rockers are known for their incredible production value and emotional performances by their leader Yoshiki when it comes to their live shows, often making for quite the spectacle.

So who will take home the title of Loudwire’s Best Live Band? That’s up to you. You can vote for either Pearl Jam or X Japan once per hour through the deadline of Tuesday, Aug. 11, at 10AM ET. Make sure that your favorite live act pulls out the victory.

See All the Brackets of the Best Live Band Tournament:

Best Live Band Final 4
Best Live Band Mosh Pit Region Final
Best Live Band Devil Horn Region Final
Best Live Band Headbanger Region Final
Best Live Band Stage Dive Region Final

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