Watch Springsteen & Eddie Vedder at Wrigley Field: EV Works for the Boss

by Jessica Letkemann on September 8, 2012

Full recap of Eddie singing with Bruce in Chicago on Sept. 7 & 8, 2012. Plus: A video history of Springsteen-Vedder duets.


A full house at Chicago’s Wrigley Field last night (September 7, 2012) got an extra treat during Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s 3.5hour set last night when Eddie Vedder hit the stage to duet with Bruce on “Atlantic City.” Chicago Tribune music critic Greg Kot called it “chilling,” and you can watch it for yourself below.

Just as Bruce tends to go above and beyond in all things rock and roll (a three hour set every night? no problem!), the Boss welcomed Eddie back at the end of the night for “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” and a cover of “Twist and Shout,” which also featured Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello. Morello had also appeared for several other songs (“Ghost of Tom Joad,” “Jack Of All Trades,” “Death To My Hometown, “Badlands” and “Land of Hope and Dreams”). Three and a half hours of Bruce and E Street, a trio of sweet Eddie Vedder cameos, and some Tom Morello too? What’s not to like?

“Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” 9/7
Watch at 2:46, Ed is standing at a mic singing backup next to Little Steven. Tom Morello, on guitar, is on the other side of LS.
“Twist and Shout” 9/7

Pearl Jam (at Made in America Sept. 2) and Springsteen (a two-nighter of his own) were both in Philly last weekend — PJ with Jay-Z & EV with Bruce in one week, think about that — and EV was even in the house at the Labor Day Springsteen gig at Citizen’s Bank Park, but it shouldn’t be a surprise that Ed didn’t hop on the stage until Chicago, his hometown and the literal home of the Cubs.
Not coincidentally, Tom Morello is also from the Chicago area.

UPDATE: Like many fans, we kept an eye out for Springsteen’s at 2nd Chicago show on Saturday night (September 8) and sure enough Eddie (and Tom Morello) showed up again — making it a double-header at Wrigley. Saturday night’s show, which partially took place in the rain, was no less exuberant than Friday, and featured EV on three different songs than the night before. But enough talking, here’s Bruce and Eddie rocking…

“My Hometown,” September 8, 2012 Eddie with Bruce at Wrigley Field

“Darkness on the Edge of Town,” September 8, 2012 Eddie with Bruce at Wrigley Field

“American Land,” September 8, 2012,Wrigley Field

Look hard starting at :13 (on the screen) Eddie is on the screen doing a jig and Tom is there too too with the band.

How Many Times Has Eddie Sung With Bruce Springsteen?
Springsteen, as fans know, is a key inspiration to Vedder. Besides covering Bruce about a zillion times with PJ and solo, Ed also counts a Springsteen show in Chicago when he was 12 as the very first concert he ever went to. Off-hand, Bruce and Eddie have shared a stage four times now (including Wrigley):

Sept. 25, 2002:
Springsteen show at Chicago’s United Center. Eddie and Bruce performed “My Hometown.”


Oct. 11, 2004: The Vote For Change tour finale at Washington D.C.’s MCI Center featured Bruce, EV, R.E.M., Dixie Chicks, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews Band, Babyface, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne with Keb’ Mo’, Jurassic 5 all performing “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding” and Patti Smith’s “People Have the Power” together.

“People Have the Power”:


Oct. 13, 2004: Springsteen show at E. Rutherford, NJ’s Meadowlands (Continental Arena). Eddie and Bruce played Burce’s “No Surrender” and “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” and Eddie’s “Better Man.” “People Have The Power” featured Bruce with Eddie, Jackson Browne and John Fogerty. Plus Eddie, Fogerty, Patty Scialfa and Browne joined Bruce and E Street for “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding.”

“Better Man”:

“Darkness on the Edge of Town”:

“No Surrender”

“(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding”:


Bonus Dec. 6, 2009: Kennedy Center Honors celebrating Springsteen, Washington DC. Eddie sang Bruce’s “My City of Ruins” literally to the Boss, who was in the audience.

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Jessica Letkemann ( Twitter: @Letkemann )
TFT co-editor Jessica Letkemann is a New York based music journalist & editor. She's been the managing editor of and was also previously on staff at Spin and Premiere magazines. Her first Pearl Jam show was at Lollapalooza on August 2, 1992.

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Glenn September 8, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Can’t believe I missed last night. Still waiting for Vedder to come out when I am there!

I can’t quite turn off the trainspotting… :)

-Morello was also on stage with Bruce for “Badlands” and “Land of Hope and Dreams”
-The Chicago ’02 appearance was September 25 (not 26)
-Eddie also joined in on “People Have the Power” at the 10/13/04 show

Jessica L. September 11, 2012 at 11:05 am

Hey Glenn, thanks for those amendments. I’ve included them above along with all the goodies from the SECOND Wrigley show, which had plenty more of Eddie Vedder. :)

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