The setting was perfect in ways both good and bad. About to debut songs from "Lightning Bolt" -- its first album in four years, and one that would prompt a major deal to supply all the music for the upcoming World Series broadcast -- Pearl Jam was at Chicago's Wrigley Field, with more than 40,000 fans stuffed into the stands, huddled along the outfield walls and spilling onto the streets. There was also an uninvited guest: a thunderstorm pelting the ballpark with rain and illuminating the sky with jagged streaks.

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