This morning, the following data inputs occurred:

1. Pearl Jam posted this on its home page:

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2. Pearl Jam used the hashtag “#staytuned.”

3. The Chicago Cubs tweeted this, note the hashtag:

4. “Ten,” in addition to being Ron Santo’s number, is the title of Pearl Jam’s debut album (which was, itself, the jersey number of former basketball player Mookie Blaylock, the band’s original name ( … the more you know … )).

5. Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam’s front man, is a Cubs fan. Theo Epstein, the Cubs’ front man, is a Pearl Jam fan. The two are also friends.

Data assimilated, processed …

We’re going to get a concert announcement of Pearl Jam playing at Wrigley Field. Probably soon. That would be awesome.

UPDATE: Additional, subsequent teaser tweets have even more strongly indicated this is happening. Now we just await the announcement and the date(s).

  • Serious Cubs Fan

    are you just taking guess and have hunch they’ll have a concert at wrigley?

    • Brett

      I laid it all out there. I know nothing more than those data points, but it’s pretty clear.

      • Spriggs

        Last few years, he has attended Hundley’s fantasy camp in Mesa. Starts next week. Maybe I can get a scoop.

  • CubsFanBob

    I will be there. I was at the solo Eddy show last year when Ronnie’s son as a few aisles over. I really dig his “all the way” song and all his / PJ’s other work.

  • MightyBear

    Eddie Vedder’s song about the Cubs “Someday we’ll go all the way.” is awesome. Check it out on youtube.

  • North Side Irish

    There were rumors of this last year…June 28-29 while the Cubs are in Seattle. Vedder is long time Cubs fan and he talked about how much he loved playing Wrigley after he performed at the Springsteen show last fall.

  • OlderStyle

    I’d love to see Vedder’s “All the Way” replace “Go Cubs Go” as the anthem.

  • Spriggs

    For sure… it’s one awesome song. No wimpiness factor.

  • YarMik

    Whether or not the prediction holds up, I love the detective work Brett!!

  • Joker

    Brett – I assume there will be a Bleacher Nation meet up for this, yes?

    • Brett

      Assuming the date works for me, I wouldn’t miss it.

      • Joker

        As a long time Ten Club member, I’ll pass along the info email once I get it. PJ has been beta testing a new ticketing system in recent weeks, so I am guessing they are ready to try it in real time with this. Should be fun!

  • beerhelps

    haven’t seen Pearl Jam in about 20 years. would have to go to this show if it happened. Who’s with me?

  • EvenBetterNewsV2.0

    That would be a great show for Wrigley! Somebody that is of that caliber that is a true Cubs fan.

  • ETS

    I guess I’m in the minority for thinking pearl jam’s only “good” song is their hendrix knockoff?

    • Joker

      By “knock off”, I assume you are referring to “Yellow Ledbetter” with the Hendrix inspired guitars? Or their blistering cover of “All Along the Watchtower”? Or Mike McCready’s homage to Jimi when he plays “The Star Spangled Banner” behing his head? :)
      (Yes, clearly Jimi was a big influence).

      But give PJ a fair shake. 20 years strong, a legion of diverse loyal fans in the states and across the world, still putting out meaningful albums, plenty of activism and charity work…

      And this Wrigley show (or shows) will sell out in less than 5 minutes tops. Not in doubt.

      • ETS

        Yeah, I meant yellow ledbetter (the youtube video “yellow ledbetter misheard lyrics” is one of the funnier things on youtube btw).

        • Stinky Pete

          Potato Wave!!

    • MichiganGoat

      IDK I’ve got to give serious props to Black and Alive

  • Nomar’s Left Glove

    Drag, man
    Glorified Version of a Better Band.
    I dig the fact that Eddie is a Cubs fan, but they haven’t put together much since Verses. That may put me in the minority, but they have been awful for a long time.

    • yield51

      I agree Ten and Vs. are their most popular albums, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t done anything since. Their next three Vitalogy, No Code, and Yield are fantastic albums. A lot of people stopped listening after Nirvana, and Alice in Chains stopped making quality music in the early 90’s. Their style has definitely changed, but to their credit they continued to evolve and gain new listeners.

      What type of music, or musicians would you label as not awful?

      • Stinky Pete

        Is their evolution to gain new listeners or maintain? They have changed WITH their fans I think.

        • yield51

          I think they have done a good job of managing that balance. If they had continued to write similar material to the first couple albums, they would have a cult following, but they would be very stale to the casual fan. At the same time, they couldn’t alienate the fans that bought their early albums by trekking too far off of the path the fans liked. Every band goes through stages that fans think is either too dark, or too pop for their taste.

          • Nomar’s Left Glove

            That would assume that the casual fan does not already find them to be stale.

        • Lou

          Well, the band also changed personally with the death of some concertgoers, I believe, it was at a show in Sweden. That event had a profound effect on the band.

      • AB

        funny because most Pearl Jam fans I know hate “Vs.” for the same reason they don’t like the last couple of albums, most of the songs are 3-4 minute pop songs formatted for radio play.

        • Joker

          Are these really die hard fans? Because the last two albums (Backspacer and the self titled “Avocado” album) are generally well received by the die hards I know, especially the Ten Club members. Where most people can agree is that the PJ discs “no one bought” (i.e. Riot Act and Binuaral) were the least accepted – especially initially. It’s their darkest work and most musically adventurous outside of No Code. After those albums were released and their original recording contract expired, I think you saw a renewing of the band as they were able to do their own thing on their own label.

          Of course, this is just my opinion.

      • Nomar’s Left Glove

        Actually I would consider Vitalogy, No Code, and Yield to have some bright spots, but overall I was not really impressed. Each of these albums had a song or two that I might have liked, but were typically overshadowed by the greater number that made me want to throw my car radio out of my window at a stop light. Time-wise, they are directly in my wheel house, but Eddie Vedder’s bleating is nauseating.
        Believe me, I am not trying to troll, but they are a band that I’ve never really understood the cult following of. In most instances, I would simply not comment if I didn’t agree with the tone of the room, but I’ve always found the insane fandom to later Pearl Jam irrational. But, Eddie is a huge Cubs fan, which is cool, he will appreciate playing Wrigley, and there are few bands that I would consider for that large a venue.
        Because you asked, I find current/recent bands like The Black Keys, The Dead Weather, some White Stripes, older Foo Fighters, Pelican, some Mastadon, Band of Skulls, and a ton of older (Floyd/Zeppelin/Hendrix) stuff agreeable. I have a pretty eclectic taste in music, I’ve just never understood the continued PJ love.
        P.S. Their cover of Last Kiss is my clearest example of irrational PJ love, pure awful.

  • Sandberg

    I can’t even begin to describe how awesome this would be!

    Also, I would guess most people that think they have been crap since the early days really haven’t given the new stuff much of a chance. Certainly I dislike a few of them, but the majority are up there in quality with Ten and Versus.

  • ETS

    What Chicago-based band would you most want to see in concert at wrigley?

    (my vote is pumpkins)

    • beerhelps


      • MichiganGoat

        Absolutely to Wilco

    • Brett

      Extremely agree. But Pearl Jam would be pretty awesome.

      • beerhelps

        this really dates me but saw the Pumpkins and Pearl Jam open for the Chili Peppers long ago.

        • MichiganGoat

          me too beerhelps, in retrospective that was quite the lineup the lineup. Of course seeing Radiohead open for REM was also impressive. Ah the fuzzy memories of youth.

          • DocPeterWimsey

            pah! I remember watching REM in a bar where their warmup was a juke box that (I think!) still played vinyl. Let me tell you, that juke box was pretty good, too…..

          • beerhelps

            Very fuzzy indeed… most of the nineties were fuzzy… but I do remember having a real good time.

          • Joker

            I saw that REM/Radiohead tour as well. It poured the rain during the show and was quite the good time. Of course, most of it is a blur…

    • Nomar’s Left Glove

      Tom Morello graduated from Loyola and has some Chicago roots, how about a Rage Against the Machine show? I saw them at Alpine Valley a few years back and they could fill the sh*t out of Wrigley.. I can only listen to so much of them normally, but they were a very good live show.

  • Beer Baron

    The Jackson Five. Of course I think a couple of them are dead but the Cubs could lend them a Jackson or two to fill out the roster (Brett? Edwin?)

    • ETS

      I heard Tito is book for next year’s cubs’ prom

      • ETS

        Booked* darn proofing skillz

  • FFP

    Rock On

  • Sully

    Please be on a Friday or Saturday nite.

  • mr.mac

    This is great (potential) news on a zero degree day in Chicago!

  • Gcheezpuff

    Yes please. Saw the Police at Wrigley and it was awesome. Saw Pearl Jam back at Soldier Field at that was awesome. Only good things could come of this.

  • Eric

    Its not Pearl Jam but the solo stuff that Eddie Vedder has done is amazing. He did the entire soundtrack for Into the Wild which is fantastic.

    • Lou

      Agreed. Rise Up is as good as any in the PJ catalog.

  • beerhelps

    last 2 tweets about 20 seconds apart from both cubs and pearl jam…. yeah its a pretty safe bet this is a done deal

  • Dan

    So much for fewer non-baseball related activities in 2013.

  • Daver

    I’ve always thought this was a perfect fit given Vedder’s relationship with the team.

  • Stinky Pete

    I fully accept that I will not be able to get tickets for this (I will try, but really, no.) but I think I will be content to just hang outside of Wrigley for something like this.

  • mick jagger

    what about us?!!

  • mr.mac

    Pearl Jam – July 19th at Wrigley! Woo!