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Eddie Vedder Arrives In Chile, Still Wearing Cubs Gear

Eddie Vedder arrived in Chile over the weekend ahead of Pearl Jam’s 2015 Latin American tour, and Vedder was spotted wearing a Pearl Jam Chicago Cubs shirt, still showing loyalty to his beloved Cubbies following their elimination from the MLB playoffs. See photos of Vedder arriving below, via Pearl Jam Chile.

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Recently, we published an article titled ’10 Pearl Jam Songs To Keep Cubs’ World Series Hopes Alive’ as Eddie Vedder’s favorite baseball team was fighting to keep their season alive. The Cubs ended up losing, and some readers were upset with Alternative Nation’s bias towards the Chicago Cubs over the New York Mets in the NLCS.

So in order to uphold the fairness doctrine, we have decided to publish Alternative Nation commenter Felonious Punk’s list of Pearl Jam songs the Cubs (and their fans) might be listening to right about now to help deal the loss and Back to the Future Part II’s prediction not coming to fruition.

10. Parting Ways

9. Let Me Sleep

8. Soon Forget

7. Hard To Imagine

6. Unemployable

5. Off He Goes

4. I Got Shit

3. Swallowed Whole

2. No Way

1. The End

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder and former Chicago Blackhawk Chris Chelios dropped by The Lodge in Chicago after a disappointing Cubs loss on Tuesday to the New York Mets in the NLCS. Vedder and Chelios served drinks from behind the bar. He also interacted with fans before the game. Vedder hung out with Kevin Millar from the 2004 World Champion Boston Red Sox before Wednesday’s game.

10 Pearl Jam Songs To Mourn Cubs Missing World Series

Last week, we published an article titled ’10 Pearl Jam Songs To Keep Cubs’ World Series Hopes Alive’ as Eddie Vedder’s favorite baseball team was fighting to keep their season alive. The Cubs ended up losing, and some readers were upset with Alternative Nation’s bias towards the Chicago Cubs over the New York Mets in the NLCS.

So in order to uphold the fairness doctrine, we have decided to publish Alternative Nation commenter Felonious Punk’s list of Pearl Jam songs the Cubs (and their fans) might be listening to right about now to help deal the loss and Back to the Future Part II’s prediction not coming to fruition, with the World Series starting tonight pitting the Mets against the Kansas City Royals.

10. Parting Ways

9. Let Me Sleep

8. Soon Forget

7. Hard To Imagine

6. Unemployable

5. Off He Goes

4. I Got Shit

3. Swallowed Whole

2. No Way

1. The End

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder and former Chicago Blackhawk Chris Chelios dropped by The Lodge in Chicago after a disappointing Cubs loss on Tuesday to the New York Mets in the NLCS. Vedder and Chelios served drinks from behind the bar. He also interacted with fans before the game. Vedder hung out with Kevin Millar from the 2004 World Champion Boston Red Sox before Wednesday’s game.

Eddie Vedder Serves Beer At Bar After Cubs Loss

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder and former Chicago Blackhawk Chris Chelios dropped by The Lodge in Chicago after a disappointing Cubs loss on Tuesday to the New York Mets in the NLCS. Vedder and Chelios served drinks from behind the bar. He also interacted with fans before the game. Vedder hung out with Kevin Millar from the 2004 World Champion Boston Red Sox before Wednesday’s game. See photos below!

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Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder was interviewed on ESPN Chicago last week and discussed his passion for the Chicago Cubs. He also revealed that he had conversations with Theo Epstein as he was contemplating leaving the Boston Red Sox to become President of the Cubs. Read Alternative Nation’s transcription below.

“I’ll be honest about it, the first afternoon we had the conversation, the conversation was really based on family. He just had the one young boy Jack at the time, we really just talked about family. He had talked about longevity in our group, and how you keep things together, and are there changes that take place, because he was looking at either staying in Boston another 10 years, there wasn’t a chance for him to wait a year or two, this opportunity would be gone. So we had a really great conversation based on family, home, and roots. I was pretty proud of myself that I didn’t let my desire of the Cubs to be a winning team to monopolize the conversation.

But the next morning I woke up thinking (laughs), what did I do? Immediately, I texted him, and said: ‘Can we have another call? I need to talk to you again.’ Then we talked about what it would mean for the Cubs to be able to win, that there’s no bigger rocket fuel after what he experienced in Boston. He wasn’t going to find that anywhere else. I mean, San Diego would be a great place to live and be part of a team, and they’ve got good fans and they’ve got surf, and sunshine, but there was something about what could happen in Chicago.

It was hard, because he knew it was going to take some time, and I think the hardest thing for him was knowing that it was going to be okay, but for all the fans out there they had to put a lot of trust in him and Tom [Ricketts], and their teams, and the team they were putting on the field. Then when they got Joe [Maddon] this year, I think that was probably the biggest part. But watching him go through that, and then seeing where they are now, it makes it all more fulfilling.”

10 Pearl Jam Songs To Keep Cubs’ World Series Hopes Alive

With today marking ‘Back to the Future Day,’ the day that Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled to the future in the 1989 film Back to the Future II, there is one prediction made about the future in that film that is in jeopardy. The film predicted that the Chicago Cubs would win the World Series, but with the Cubbies now down 3-0 in the NLCS, they will need a miracle to pull off an impossible comeback series win.

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder had been somewhat of an unofficial Cubs mascot during their playoff run, celebrating huge victories with the team, and even singing with them! Below are 10 songs that the Cubs should listen to to help them pull through and beat the New York Mets, especially heading into a do or die game tonight.

10. Rearviewmirror

9. Alive

8. Not For You

7. The Fixer

6. Leash

5. Given To Fly

4. Rival

3. Hold On

2. Why Go

1. All the Way

It’s technically an Eddie Vedder song, but we can’t leave it off this list!

Eddie Vedder Influenced Cubs Management Change

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder was interviewed on ESPN Chicago last week and discussed his passion for the Chicago Cubs. He also revealed that he had conversations with Theo Epstein as he was contemplating leaving the Boston Red Sox to become President of the Cubs. Read Alternative Nation’s transcription below.

“I’ll be honest about it, the first afternoon we had the conversation, the conversation was really based on family. He just had the one young boy Jack at the time, we really just talked about family. He had talked about longevity in our group, and how you keep things together, and are there changes that take place, because he was looking at either staying in Boston another 10 years, there wasn’t a chance for him to wait a year or two, this opportunity would be gone. So we had a really great conversation based on family, home, and roots. I was pretty proud of myself that I didn’t let my desire of the Cubs to be a winning team to monopolize the conversation.

But the next morning I woke up thinking (laughs), what did I do? Immediately, I texted him, and said: ‘Can we have another call? I need to talk to you again.’ Then we talked about what it would mean for the Cubs to be able to win, that there’s no bigger rocket fuel after what he experienced in Boston. He wasn’t going to find that anywhere else. I mean, San Diego would be a great place to live and be part of a team, and they’ve got good fans and they’ve got surf, and sunshine, but there was something about what could happen in Chicago.

It was hard, because he knew it was going to take some time, and I think the hardest thing for him was knowing that it was going to be okay, but for all the fans out there they had to put a lot of trust in him and Tom [Ricketts], and their teams, and the team they were putting on the field. Then when they got Joe [Maddon] this year, I think that was probably the biggest part. But watching him go through that, and then seeing where they are now, it makes it all more fulfilling.”

Watch Eddie Vedder Sing With Cubs

Kris Bryant uploaded a video of Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder playing “All The Way” with the Chicago Cubs following their NLDS victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. Watch video below!

Eddie Vedder jammin with the boys! #AllTheWay

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Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder joined the Chicago Cubs in the clubhouse yet again to celebrate their NLDS playoff series victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. He wore a Casamigos shirt. Casamigos is a tequila company owned by George Clooney, Rande Gerber, and Mike Meldman. Vedder also celebrated with actor John Cusack.

Vedder told CBS the Cubs are “really f’ing good.” He added, “I’m not the only one that’s been around for a long time, most these people here tonight have been around. I’m thinking about the people that aren’t around, that didn’t get to experience this.”

Vedder said he felt the spirit of late Cubs legend Ernie Banks. “You know he’s here. I know my uncle’s here. I know my brother’s here. I know a lot of people, but we’ve got to keep it going. It ain’t over yet.”

Vedder joked that he’ll do another Cubs song, “Yeah, it’ll be in the past tense, like all that we did. It’s not going to be someday, it’s going to be like next week, we’ll win.”

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan was also photographed watching the Cubs play the Cardinals in the NLDS. See video and photos below.


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Eddie Vedder, Billy Corgan & John Cusack Celebrate Cubs Victory

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder joined the Chicago Cubs in the clubhouse yet again to celebrate their NLDS playoff series victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. He wore a Casamigos shirt. Casamigos is a tequila company owned by George Clooney, Rande Gerber, and Mike Meldman. Vedder also celebrated with actor John Cusack.

Vedder told CBS the Cubs are “really f’ing good.” He added, “I’m not the only one that’s been around for a long time, most these people here tonight have been around. I’m thinking about the people that aren’t around, that didn’t get to experience this.”

Vedder said he felt the spirit of late Cubs legend Ernie Banks. “You know he’s here. I know my uncle’s here. I know my brother’s here. I know a lot of people, but we’ve got to keep it going. It ain’t over yet.”

Vedder joked that he’ll do another Cubs song, “Yeah, it’ll be in the past tense, like all that we did. It’s not going to be someday, it’s going to be like next week, we’ll win.”

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan was also photographed watching the Cubs play the Cardinals in the NLDS. See video and photos below.


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Pearl Jam Won’t Play October Shows In Future Due To Cubs

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder was yet again at a Chicago Cubs playoff game last night, watching his beloved Cubbies take a 2-1 series lead in Game 3 of the National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals with a dramatic 8-6 victory. Vedder spoke to Fox Sports Midwest before the game about the Cubs and how Pearl Jam will keep him from attending any potential World Series games.

“I thought we could do this every year, but it turns out that you need people like Joe Maddon and Theo Epstein, and all these young guys.”

“It’s been a surprise. We’re touring and I have to leave before the World Series,” Vedder lamented to Fox Sports Midwest. “All I’m saying is that the next few years we’re not going to play in October.”

Vedder told the station he knew the young Cubs were headed toward a stretch of prolonged contention, but like many fans, he thought it would start in 2016 or beyond.

Joe Maddon and Theo Epstein had other plans, he said.

“This year I didn’t think we had to worry about it,” Vedder said. “But I hope we go to the World Series and I hope I miss the games. It’d be a good problem to have.”

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Eddie Vedder attended last week’s Chicago Cubs Wild Card playoff against against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Vedder was photographed with Joe Maddon, Jake Arrieta, Theo Epstein, and Joe Torre. The Cubs beat the hometown Pirates 4-0, and after the game Vedder joined his beloved Cubbies in the clubhouse to party and celebrate the victory.

Reporter Jordan Bastian asked Vedder if he would be going to St. Louis. Vedder responded, “I have kids and a job. I’ll be in Chicago!”

“I love it when they start smoking,” Eddie Vedder also said, watching the Cubs light cigars and douse themselves in champagne in the clubhouse. The victory was definitely worth celebrating, as it was the Cubs’ first playoff victory since 2003. See photos and a video of Vedder with the Cubs below!

Watch Eddie Vedder Party With Chicago Cubs

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder attended last night’s Chicago Cubs Wild Card playoff against against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Vedder was photographed with Joe Maddon, Jake Arrieta, Theo Epstein, and Joe Torre. The Cubs beat the hometown Pirates 4-0, and after the game Vedder joined his beloved Cubbies in the clubhouse to party and celebrate the victory.

Reporter Jordan Bastian asked Vedder if he would be going to St. Louis. Vedder responded, “I have kids and a job. I’ll be in Chicago!”

“I love it when they start smoking,” Eddie Vedder also said, watching the Cubs light cigars and douse themselves in champagne in the clubhouse. The victory was definitely worth celebrating, as it was the Cubs’ first playoff victory since 2003. See photos and a video of Vedder with the Cubs below!

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Former Boston Red Sox world champion Bronson Arroyo discussed meeting Vedder in a 2013 Alternative Nation interview.

“The night that I was there in Columbus, he was making the setlist as I came into his dressing room and was talking with him. I was asking him if he made it at every single show without the guys. He said, ‘Yeah, pretty much.”’So I said, ‘Then they have to know every song in your entire repertoire huh?’ He said yeah, and threw me like a booklet of papers that had all of their albums on it and all of their songs. It’s amazing just to know that a band can be that versatile, because I’ve been around a lot of bands and they aren’t that versatile especially on a tour that can be as large as Pearl Jam’s. Then [Eddie] asked me if there was anything that I wanted to hear. I wanted to hear something that was uptempo and old school. Regardless of [if it’s] the older stuff, the Ten record is what captured me.

There’s plenty of other songs that I love, but to love them more than the Ten record is very difficult for me. Because that’s the one that was so mainstream and radio played, I’m sure those guys might get tired of hearing them, but I never get tired of them. I listen to the Ten record every day that I lift weights in the stadium which is probably 3 out of every 5 days in between my starts. Everybody knows when they walk by and they hear Ten playing that I’m lifting. So he’s never said that to me about making a setlist, I know he let [Chicago Cubs President] Theo Epstein put [his favorite songs] up on the big scoreboard in Wrigley, I think last offseason. But I guess if I was making a setlist some of the songs that I’d want to see other than anything on Ten, because anything on Ten is cool for me. Probably Given to Fly, Better Man, Immortality. I’d say I would want to hear Can’t Keep just from listening to the ukulele stuff so much. I Am Mine, which he did the night I was there which is awesome, [also] Corduroy. You know most of the ones I’m going to love, are most of the ones other people are going to love.

Jack White, Tom Morello & Conan O’Brien Attend Baseball Game

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine/Audioslave), Jack White (The White Stripes/Ranconteurs/Dead Weather), Conan O’Brien, and Bob Newhart attended a Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers game together over the weekend at Dodger Stadium. See photos below!

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Tom Morello is a long time Chicago Cubs fan. He even wrote an article for Rolling Stone in 2014 detailing what the Cubs needed to do to win a world series. Below is an excerpt:

he question we have to ask ourselves (ownership, fans, players) is this: does it MATTER if the Cubs win the World Series? Peace in the Middle East matters. Curing disease matters. Stopping global warming matters. But does it really MATTER whether or not or the little Midwestern team dressed in blue wins a World Series in our lifetime? I think it does. And not merely out of some tribal affiliation to the place I grew up. I truly believe that if this seemingly unredeemable team can make it to the Promised Land then, really, ANYTHING is possible.

“But how can I, how can WE, make it happen? The previous six points are a guide, but what if nothing changes? Are we looking at another 106 years of agony? What leverage do we as fans really have?

It’s the elephant in the room of all Cubs discussion, so let’s deal with it head on. Baseball is a business. Sure, we fans are wistful dreamers who fantasize about glory on the diamond, but to the people who hold the purse strings, the Cubs win the economic World Series every year. It’s a smashingly profitable franchise because of OUR continued support in the face of a century of sorrow. We fill the stands. We buy the merchandise. We drink the beer. Whether the team wins or loses, whether the fans boo or cheer, there’s only one sound that echoes at the end of the day: KA-CHING!

That is unless we boycott.

I propose that unless this plan is adopted by Cub’s ownership, we let our voices be heard and next year, we skip Opening Day. Imagine that. Opening Day at Wrigley Field and an empty stadium. Now you have their attention. Maybe we boycott the first home game of each month? Maybe “No Merch Monday’s?” I can see team accountants rushing to their calculators now! Scouts scanning the free-agent wires in earnest! Of course we should continue enjoying all Wrigley has to offer the rest of the time, but we will no longer be the passive partner in this abusive relationship. We have needs too, ya know? But we also have power and we won’t be silent anymore. Why? Because we love this team. Because we love Chicago. Because we deserve a World Series championship. Because it matters.”

Jack White, also a baseball enthusasist, attended a Cubs game with Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder last year. See photos below of the pair at the game with Cubs President Theo Epstein.

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