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Pearl Jam set to kick off summer concert series

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(Photo by Stephen Green)

The Cubs are giving fans even more reasons to visit Clark and Addison. In addition to Cubs baseball, Wrigley Field will be hosting a pair of popular musical acts this weekend in front of the bricks and ivy.

On Friday, July 19, rock band and grunge icons Pearl Jam will grace the outfield stage, and country star Jason Aldean will headline a group of country musicians the following night. The Friendly Confines has been hosting summer concerts for some of the biggest names in music—including Roger Waters, The Police and Bruce Springsteen—since 2005.

“We’ve benefited over the last several years from really great, great artists who wanted to play at Wrigley Field,” said Julian Green, the Cubs’ vice president of communications and community affairs.

The Friday night show, titled “An Evening with Pearl Jam,” made news earlier this year for selling out in roughly 45 minutes—the fastest concert sellout in Wrigley Field history. The Grammy-winning group, which has been touring lightly in 2013 and recently announced they’ll be releasing a new studio album, Lightning Bolt, on Oct. 15, has always been extremely popular in Chicago. Though Pearl Jam was a seminal part of the Seattle grunge scene, frontman Eddie Vedder hails from nearby Evanston, Ill., and is a huge Cubs fan.

Country star and Grammy Award winner Aldean, who has been touring since mid-February, headlines the 2013 Night Train Tour, featuring American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson, Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett.

“[The concerts] bring significant economic impact to both the city and the state,” Green said. “At the same time, it allows us to put more economic resources into the organization. The ability to have an additional two, three, four concerts a year works really well for us.”

Pearl Jam set to rock Wrigley

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(Photo by Stephen Green)

After months of rumors and a day full of hints, Pearl Jam announced it will be playing a show at Wrigley Field on July 19. The confirmation, “IT’S OFFICIAL: Pearl Jam will be playing at Wrigley Field. Will you be there?” was displayed on the band’s Twitter page, and the news was also posted on the Wrigley marquee Wednesday morning.

Tickets go on sale Feb. 9 at 10 a.m., according to Live Nation, the concert promoter. They will be available at tickets.com or by calling 1-800-THE-CUBS.

On Tuesday, both the Cubs and Pearl Jam spent most of the day hinting about a big announcement. Both tweeted a picture of a concert stage on the field at Wrigley. The Cubs sent a a tweet that said “Ten” (the title of Pearl Jam’s first album) and sent out a link to a photo of Ron Santo’s No. 10 jersey.

Lead singer Eddie Vedder was born in nearby Evanston, Ill., and is a diehard Cubs fan. A friend of former pitcher Kerry Wood, the singer-songwriter has thrown out the first pitch and sung “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” numerous times at Wrigley Field.

Pearl Jam has sold 31.5 million records in the United States and more than 60 million worldwide.

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