The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder will perform at the fourth annual Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago fundraiser on July 9th at Metro in Chicago’s Wrigleyville. Cubs President Theo Epstein, MLB Network reporter Peter Gammons, Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper, Wilco bassist John Stirratt, and Cheap Trick drummer Daxx Nielsen will join Vedder at the concert. WXRT’s Lin Brehmer, Mad Men’s Joel Murray, and Mike O’Malley will be the emcees at the event. Tickets are 75 dollars and are available on metrochicago.com. Proceeds benefit Cubs Charities and Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later, which contributes to programs that aid disadvantaged youth and adults.
Atlanta Braves pitcher Bronson Arroyo discussed Eddie Vedder’s love of baseball in an interview with Alternative Nation.
“I met him first on the field at Wrigley in Chicago when I was with the Pirates, I was a rookie in 2000. He was shagging some fly balls in the outfield with Kerry Wood. I was playing catch with a guy named Jimmy Anderson. When you’re a young guy in the major leagues, it’s a very specific pecking order to the game. If it’s your first year in the league, you’re kind of walking on eggshells. You don’t have the run of the place, you kind of need to follow orders. I knew I might get in trouble if I left playing catch with my partner at that time, just before batting practice started. But for me Eddie was the number one guy in my life that I wanted to meet, so I just took off and ran to the other side of the field. I saw Ed and I said, ‘Hey man I love [Pearl Jam], my name’s Bronson.’ He said well you know who I am, [I said] I’m a big fan I’d love to have a baseball signed by you. So he signed [the] baseball, and he was just so pumped, he would never remember this no matter what. He was so pumped that he caught a couple of balls in the outfield during batting practice that he was asking if there was a cameraman who got a picture of it. It was like he won the World Series, which is amazing for a guy who had done everything he had done on stage, to be so pumped about a couple of fly balls during batting practice. So he signs that ball for me, and then I don’t have any contact with him at all until 2010 when I go up to Columbus.
I go to the Columbus [Pearl Jam] show and I got an opportunity to hang out with him probably for about an hour before the show and about a half hour afterwards. So then I told him about him signing him that ball, I was just asking him some questions because he drew this funky little wave on the ball and I was asking him why he drew that wave. He was telling me used to do that back then a lot. So over that hour and a half of getting to talk to him in Columbus, I got to pick his brain a bit and we got to talk about baseball and have a real conversation. So then this offseason I go to his solo show and I told his tour manager that I was coming. In the middle of the show, it’s like an hour and a half in, and I don’t even know that he knows I’m there. Other than the fact that I’d run into his wife and his family earlier the day at the hotel, they were talking to me a bit because they have some people in their family that were Red Sox fans. I didn’t know that Ed knew I was there, and he calls me up and just whispers in my ear in the middle of the show, ‘Do you know how to play Black?” I said sure, and he’s like, “Okay I’ll get you on a couple songs.’ It was mind-blowing to me that somebody would even take a chance on doing that at a solo show not know if I could play this stuff.”