Cubs' curse rains on Pearl Jam
Maybe it's Wrigley Field that's cursed and not the Chicago Cubs. ... Wait, who are we kidding?!?!
But on Friday night, it was the Friendly Confines that had to be cleared during a Pearl Jam concert ... thanks to Mother Nature.
Pearl Jam played seven songs before lead singer Eddie Vedder told the crowd they were going to take a break because of bad weather heading their way just before 9 p.m. CT. Vedder, a diehard Cubs fans who grew up in the suburb of Evantson, said it would be about a half hour.
Fans were cleared from the field into sheltered areas and some left the ballpark. Turns out the rain caused a delay of close to three hours.
#BREAKING Pearl Jam fans clearing Wrigley Field due to severe weather— WGN TV News (@WGNNews) July 20, 2013
As soon as the delay began, "Chicago," "Pearl Jam" and "Wrigley Field" started trending on Twitter. By the way, are you aware of the name of Pearl Jam's new album?
Pearl Jam fans are learning the hard way that Wrigley is cursed— Michael Calore (@snackfight) July 20, 2013
Pearl Jam rain delay and I'm standing next to Kerry Wood. Awesome/Strange.— Ben Goldsworthy (@goldy17goldy) July 20, 2013
We're not sure if Kerry Wood was really there, but @ChickPhilA was accused of looking for him and Andre Dawson.
Pearl Jam has clearly incurred the wrath of the Cubs' curse by playing at Wrigley.— Kelsey (@cleanitupjohnny) July 20, 2013
All these tweets about the Pearl Jam rain delay. Going to be a big payday for Chicago-area babysitters tonight.— Ryan White (@ThatRyanWhite) July 20, 2013
Then there still was the true Cubs fan thinking about the possible Matt Garza trade.
Bad night for Theo. Garza trade hits snag, Pearl Jam concert at Wrigley threatened because of severe weather.— Jorge Arangure (@jorgearangure) July 20, 2013
Shortly before 11 p.m. CT, Pearl Jam's official Twitter account said they were waiting for a second cell of rain and that they intended to provide fans with a full show.
We have been advised to wait until a second weather cell passes. We intend to provide you w/ a full show tonight. #PJWrigley— Pearl Jam (@PearlJam) July 20, 2013
The delay was a long one, but we're guessing it sure beat watching the Cubs?
Pearl Jam show at Wrigley about to start up again! 11:45pm— The Screen Door (@thescreendoor) July 20, 2013
Pearl Jam resumes at Wrigley after 2.5 hour delay. Vedder dons Cubs jersey— Greg Kot (@gregkot) July 20, 2013
When Pearl Jam did restart, they brought out a special guest.
It's midnight and Ernie Banks just came out and said at packed house at wrigley field at Pearl Jam concert"lets play two"' . Wow! Chills!— Porter Moser (@PorterMoser) July 20, 2013
"Ernie banks used to say 'let's play two.' I think we can say 'let's play till 2.'" - Eddie Vedder— Casey Landman (@ChickPhilA) July 20, 2013
This tweeter posted a great idea for when the band returned to the stage.
Why go home... Why go home... Why go home.... If they don't come out of rain delay with that song, then I am Chester Copperpot!!! @pearlJam— Kevin Cochran (@thekevincochran) July 20, 2013
Before the concert, there was this tweet from this famous someone.
Kind of excited to see Pearl Jam. pic.twitter.com/5CgjHM3kcA— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) July 20, 2013
Here's a picture of the famous film director and producer Apatow with Banks and Vedder.
And of course Vedder performed the song he wrote about the Cubs, titled "All the Way."
Oh, Kerry Wood was there. So was Dennis Rodman.
This is a pretty cool time lapse of a live painting outside Wrigley well before the show.
Here's a look at how the show ended at 2 a.m. Central.