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Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam

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Updated: July 18, 2013 9:27PM



This summer’s hottest single-act rock show happens on Friday night at Wrigley Field. Unfortunately, if you’re not already holding tickets for Pearl Jam, they may be hard to acquire. The event set a record for speed of concert ticket sales at the National League’s oldest standing ballpark.

The sold-out date is billed as an evening with Pearl Jam. With no opening act scheduled, the Seattle-based quintet’s fans can expect a lengthy set overflowing both with popular favorites and deep cuts. Paul McCartney set the bar for Wrigley Field concerts in 2011 with a pair of three-hour, thirty-seven song performances. If any group has the energy and depth to top that, it’s Pearl Jam.

Founded in 1990, Pearl Jam helped define the grunge movement. Since then, they have survived and transcended that label. Early successes including hit album “Ten” and its singles “Alive,” “Even Flow” and “Jeremy” have allowed the band the freedom to evolve musically, and maintain its idealism in the process. The group avidly supports various social and environmental causes.

Last week, the band announced its tenth studio album. “Lightning Bolt” is due in October, featuring a hard-charging lead single called “Mind Your Manners.”

♦ Pearl Jam, 7:30 p.m. July 19, Wrigley Field, sold-out

Jeff Elbel is a
Sun-Times free-lance writer.



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