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Pearl Jam covered Bowie at Wrigley Field (pics, video, setlist)

Pearl Jam played a pair of big hometown Seattle shows earlier this month at Safeco Field. The “Home Shows” raised money to fight homelessness, and in addition to them the band announced a series of “The Away Shows” in August and September. We caught Pearl Jam’s first of two “Away Shows” at Chicago’s Wrigley Field on Sunday (8/19), where they covered David Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel” and brought out Dennis Rodman, Chicago Cubs co-owner Tom Ricketts, and the World Series trophy.

The Chicago Tribune writes:

A charismatic frontman in his rock and sports element, he was equally earnest paying tribute to his friend Tom Petty as he was recalling a great play by Pirates right fielder Roberto Clemente, although an awkward cameo by Dennis Rodman was a lot more questionable than a cover of the late Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell’s “Missing.”

Elsewhere Vedder gamely (sort of) accepted abuse for his suburban roots, took care to acknowledge the sexual assault police said took place at a Foo Fighters Wrigley show earlier this summer, urged everyone to vote this fall and humbly watched like a fan himself as his bandmates winded their way through no-net renditions of “Porch” and “Rearviewmirror.”

Check out pictures from Sunday night’s show in the gallery above, and watch the “Rebel Rebel” cover below.

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Setlist: Pearl Jam @ Wrigley Field, 8/19/2018 (via)
Wash
Low Light
Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town
Breakerfall
Corduroy
Hail Hail
Animal
Getaway
Leaving Here
Present Tense
Even Flow
Missing (Chris Cornell)
Garden
Not for You
Can’t Deny Me
Wishlist
I Won’t Back Down (Tom Petty)
Porch

Encore:
Just Breathe
Sleeping by Myself
Footsteps
State of Love and Trust
Breath
Know Your Rights (The Clash)
Do the Evolution
Alone
Rearviewmirror

Encore 2:
Rebel Rebel (David Bowie)
Better Man
Alive
Rockin’ in the Free World (Neil Young)
Yellow Ledbetter

photos by James Richards IV

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