Pearl Jam to Play Chicago’s Wrigley Field July 19
Pearl Jam will perform at Chicago’s Wrigley Field this summer.
“IT’S OFFICIAL: Pearl Jam will be playing at Wrigley Field. Will you be there?” The band tweeted yesterday, January 23. The announcement came after the group tweeted a photo of a large stage set up in the outfield of the ballpark. The event will be held July 19 and is being billed as “An Evening With Pearl Jam” and will not include an opening act.
Frontman Eddie Vedder is a Chicago native and longtime Cubs fan, and has been invited to sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” at Wrigley five times. He’s also thrown out the first pitch at a previous Cubs game. The Cubs got in on the Twitter action as well, yesterday, tweeting a photo of a jersey with the number 10 before the announcement, honoring the band’s first album, Ten.
Vedder’s no stranger to performing at the ballpark, either. During Bruce Springsteen’s concert there last September, Vedder appeared as a special guest.
Arguably one of the most famous ballparks still in use in Major League Baseball (along with Boston’s Fenway Park), Wrigley only occasionally hosts music performances. Past performers have included Paul McCartney and Dave Matthews Band.
Pearl Jam also revealed a second show in 2013 yesterday, and will appear at London, Ontario’s Budweiser Gardens on July 16. The group’s official website notes that “fall tour dates in the U.S. will be announced in the coming months.”
Vedder spoke to Rolling Stone earlier this year and said the band currently is working on a new album.
“It sounds like it sounds like,” he helpfully told the magazine. “We really work together as a unit these days… We’ve figured out after all these years that if everybody just puts their stamp on it, then it sounds how we want it to. Then it sounds new, ‘cause everyone is growing, you know.”