Pearl Jam will finally be consummating Eddie Vedder's lifelong love affair with the Chicago Cubs' Wrigley Field, announcing a special show at the Illinois stadium on July 19 (a second concert at London, Ontario's Budweiser Gardens that's not quite as stocked with symbolism will happen three days prior). Tickets go on sale February 9 at 10 a.m. CT; there is no opener, and the shows are being billed as "An Evening With Pearl Jam."
The Cubs had a little fun with the announcement, tweeting "Ten" as well as a link to a photo of a Ron Santo Cubs jersey (No. 10), before the band spilled the news.
Vedder, who grew up in a Chicago suburb, has never made a secret of his extreme Cubs fandom: he's thrown out the first pitch (see photo, above), sang "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the seventh-inning stretch (several times, see below), attended Cubs fantasy camp, and even written a song about his beloved team, "All the Way" (sample lyrics: "Our heroes wear pinstripes / Pinstripes in blue / Give us a chance to feel like heroes, too." Wrigley Field was also the spot where Vedder duetted with Bruce Springsteen on "My Hometown," "Darkness on the Edge of Town," and "Atlantic City."
Earlier this month, Vedder told Rolling Stone the band is "maybe halfway" through writing its new album. "It sounds like it sounds like," he said. "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." Perhaps six months from now will be the time to debut some of these new tunes.