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Published: 2013/07/22

Pearl Jam Has a Rare Night at Wrigley Field

Photo by Dwane Lindsey via Pearl Jam’s homepage

Pearl Jam played a sold-out show Friday night at Chicago’s Wrigley Field. It was the first time Pearl Jam has played the historic venue and, despite a two-hour rain delay during the beginning of their set, Pearl Jam came back to perform rarities and new material.

The group reappeared onstage around midnight and continued to play until 2 am. Chicago native and Cubs super fan, Eddie Vedder, took centerfield where he stated that Wrigley Field is, “the crown jewel of Planet Earth.”

The group played rarities including “Bugs” from Pearl Jam’s 1994 album Vitalogy (It was only the third time Vedder had performed this track live) and guitarist Mike McCready had a solo where he covered Van Halen’s “Eruption.” Vedder sang the Cub’s anthem “All The Way” where legendary Cubs player, Ernie Banks, joined him onstage.

The seven-song encore included the debut of “Future Days” featuring a keyboard accompaniment from Lightning Bolt-producer, Brendan O’Brien and a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Mother.” Pearl Jam also debuted songs from their forthcoming album, Lightning Bolt, out October 15.

Pearl Jam will kick off their fall tour in Pittsburgh on October 11.

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