More thoughts on this show to come, but first a quick recap.
Pearl Jam bested Saturday's 34 song marathon by two on Monday night, playing a main set featuring all original music and then dropping both familiar and obscure covers throughout two encore that totaled 17 songs.
While Saturday saw Cubs (and family of Cubs) royalty grace the stage, another larger-than-life Chicago sports personality took a guest turn on Monday. The former Chicago Bull, wearing his old jersey, took a verse of "Black, Red and Yellow" -- an outrageous cameo from a truly head-scratching persona.
There was no shortage of Cubs talk either, as Vedder told the story of a seeing a bong for the first time, on television no less, on a rooftop during a Cubs broadcast. He also verbally defended, and then berated, a White Sox fan in the audience.
"Given To Fly" was dedicated to Cubs skipper Joe Maddon, after again recalling the storm paused 2013 performance, and toasting to Monday's perfect weather.
A Cubs related video montage was played on the video screens during "All The Way", introduced with a story about giving the late Ernie Banks his childhood basball glove years ago and having it returned that night!
In one of the show's more bizarre turns, Vedder brought the show to a complete stop mid-song after spotting a fan disrepecting a woman in the crowd during "Lukin". "Get your finger out of that woman's face", he roared, and when the crowd responded, he added, "all the fingers are pointed at you" before urging security to usher him out.
Into rarities? How about Stone Gossard singing "Don't Give Me No Lip" for what was (I think) the 13th time ever.
While the main set featured selection from across their albums, the encores were where the covers were brought out. While obscurities like Hunters & Collectors' "Throw Your Arms Around Me", Dead Boys' "Sonic Reducer" and Victoria Williams' "Crazy Mary" got some play, the big guns were also out.
The radio staple "Last Kiss", Cheap Trick's "Surrender", and the run's second Beatles tune "I've Got A Feeling" all came out during the concert's huge second half. The "Time Has Come Today" > "Rockin' In the Free World" pairing featured Vedder tossing basballs into the audience.