Yes, you read that headline correctly — at Pearl Jam’s Monday night (Aug. 22) concert at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, frontman Eddie Vedder ejected a belligerent fan and was lifted up in the arms of former Chicago Bulls star Dennis Rodman. These two incidents did not happen in direct relation to one another, but alas, it was a very eventful evening.
Eleven songs into the set, Pearl Jam broke into its mid ’90s b-side “Black, Red, Yellow.” Midway through, out came Rodman, co-star of the Chicago Bulls’ glory years and unofficial American basketball ambassador to North Korea. Vedder, a devoted Chicago sports fan, and Rodman are good friends; likewise, the guest spot ended with the 6’7” Rodman lifting Vedder up in his arms.
Later on in the set, Vedder had to shift from good cop to bad cop. Apparently, a male guest was getting rough with a female audience member, and the frontman made the snap decision to get him ejected. Below, watch Pearl Jam stop in the middle of “Lukin” for Vedder to make the call: “Hey, mister, get your finger out of the woman’s face… All the fingers are pointing at you. Clear out, mister.”
The Wrigley concert marked the end of PJ’s summer 2016 dates. Next up, Vedder plays a solo show Aug. 27 in Dana Point, Calif.