Yesterday, Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder was at Wrigley Field in Chicago to sing “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” during the Chicago Cubs game against the Pittsburgh Pirates and later showed up at the nearby Metro for the Hot Stove Cool Music charity concert. The unannounced appearance was not the first time Vedder’s helped out the Foundation To Be Named Later organization founded by Cubs president of operations Theo Epstein and his twin brother Paul Epstein, which benefits from the annual events in the Windy City and Bean Town.
Hosted by actor/comedian Joel Murray and WXRT radio DJ Len Bremmer, the all-star lineup of performers included Chicago favorite Liz Phair (with The Smashing Pumpkins’ Jimmy Chamberlin on drums), JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound (whose frontman sang the national anthem before Friday’s Cubs game), Peter Gammons & The Boston Hot Stove All Stars, Epstein with Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper & The Chicago Hot Stove All Stars, Band of Their Own and Avid Dancer.
Playing guitar and handling lead vocals, Vedder joined Epstein on guitar and Kasper on bass with rest of the Chicago Hot Stove All Stars on such songs as The Who’s “The Kids Are Alright,” Pearl Jam’s “Watch Outside,” “Corduroy” and “Betterman,” and Neil Young’s “Rockin’ In The Free World” which also included Chamberlin on drums, former Yankees’ outfielder Bernie Williams on guitar, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon on tambourine and team coaches Dave Martinez and John Mallee on stage as well. The crowd-surfing Vedder also played the Cubs anthem “All The Way” on acoustic guitar, “Hard Sun” and returned at the end of the concert to participate in the all-star jam finale . Look below for audience-shot footage and photos from last night’s charity event.