Pearl Jam To Play Wrigley Field in July
PJ headlines the Chicago Cubs' Ballpark on July 19 and Ontario's Budweiser Gardens on July 16. Fall dates to be announced.
Pearl Jam will headline famed Chicago Cubs baseball park Wrigley Field on July 19 and London, Ontario's Budweiser Gardens on July 16, the band announced Wednesday (January 23) via its website PearlJam.com. The pair of shows are each billed as "An Evening With Pearl Jam" and feature no opening act. PearlJam.com also noted that U.S. concert dates for the fall "will be announced in the coming months."
The July Wrigley date marks the veteran Seattle band's first time playing the historic ballpark, which, in its occasional use as a music venue, has notably hosted concerts by Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and Dave Matthews Band in recent years. Tickets for both Pearl Jam's Chicago show and the Canadian date go on sale February 9 via Tickets.com and Budweisergardens.com, respectively.
The Pearl Jam show at Wrigley follows a long history between the band's frontman Eddie Vedder, a Chicago native and longtime Cubs fan, and the team and park. Vedder performed at Wrigley as the surprise special guest of Bruce Springsteen in September. In addition to having been invited to Wrigley to sing "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" during Cubs home games five times, the singer has also been on the field during practice with the team over the years, and has thrown out the first pitch.
The band's Wrigley announcement today came after a series of @PearlJam teaser tweets that included a photo of a stage set up on what appears to be Wrigley Field and the hashtag #StayTuned, and a @Cubs tweet using the same hashtag that included a photo of a Cubs jersey #10, the name of the band's famous debut album as well as another @Cubs tweet of a stage set up at the park and a lyric "All The Way," a Vedder tune about the team.
Pearl Jam heads to the Chicago and London, Ontario dates after a trio of South American dates in March and April that include headlining Lollapalooza Brazil (March 31) and Lollapalooza Chile (April 6). The follow up to the band's 2009 album "Backspacer," which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, has also been in progress over the past year. Meanwhile, PJ drummer Matt Cameron is currently on tour with his other band, Soundgarden, in support of that group's 2012 album "King Animal." Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard is set to tour Europe in February with his side band, Brad.