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Thousands of Pearl Jam fans brave weather for Wrigley concert

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Thousands of fans packed Wrigley Field for Friday night's Pearl Jam concert, which was temporarily suspended for 2 1/2 hours due to severe weather.

The American Rock band took the stage at 8:20 p.m., but nearly 25 minutes later, Eddie Vedder announced to the crowd that the concert would be temporarily suspended for the eminent weather.

The suspension was expected to last between 30 and 60 minutes while fans cleared the field to get to dry areas, but two hours later, anxious fans were still left waiting. 

Around 10:45 p.m. Pearl Jam tweeted: "We have been advised to wait until a second weather cell passes. We intend to provide you w/ a full show tonight. #PJWrigley"

And they did.

The band re-emerged, playing a 3-hour, 32-song set that lasted until 2 a.m., far past the normal Wrigley curfew of 11 p.m. The curfew was extended an indefenite amount of time so the show could be played in its entirety.

Pearl Jam is touring in advance of their much-anticipated tenth studio album, to be released in October.

The group has some deep roots in Chicago. Lead singer Eddie Vedder was born in the suburb of Evanston and is a fan of the Bulls, Bears, and Cubs.

Pearl Jam isn't the only musical act playing Wrigley Field this summer. In fact, Chicago is the center of the music universe this weekend. Country music star Jason Aldean plans a concert Saturday, July 20. Last summer, Bruce Springsteen played at Wrigley Field and Vedder joined him on stage.

Also rocking out Friday, Phish at Northerly Island, Sheryl Crow at Ravinia, and the Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park. 50,000 fans are expected to attend Pitchfork to see acts like Bjork, The Breeders, and R. Kelly. The festival runs through Sunday.

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