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Eddie Vedder plays surprise set at a Chicago Cubs benefit concert

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Eddie Vedder surprised the audience at Chicago’s Hot Stove Cool Music benefit concert by taking the stage and performing a set full of Pearl Jam hits, solo songs, and covers of classic tunes.

As part of the Friday night performance, Chicago Cubs GM Theo Epstein joined Vedder for renditions of “Better Man,” “Corduroy,” “Big Hard Sun,” Split Enz’s “I Got You,” the Who’s “The Kids Are Alright,” and Cubs anthem “All the Way.”

Later in the show, the Smashing Pumpkins’ Jimmy Chamberlin, New York Yankees centerfield player (and guitarist) Bernie Williams, Cubs manager Joe Maddon, and various members of the Illinois team’s coaching staff joined the pair for a cover of Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World.” 

The set took place at the city’s Metro Chicago concert hall as part of the annual event benefitting Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later, which aims to “improve the world through education, leadership, and the healthy development of youth and families.” According to Rolling Stone, one of Vedder’s autographed guitars also sold for $26,000 as part of the concert’s fundraiser auction. 

Liz Phair, Kay Hanley (Letters to Cleo), Gail Greenwood (Belly), JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, Band of their Own, Avid Dancer, and sportswriter Pete Gammons were also scheduled to make appearances at the event. 

Watch more of Vedder’s surprise set in the videos below.