Pearl Jam were joined onstage by basketball star Dennis Rodman during their show at Chicago’s Wrigley Field stadium last night (Tuesday).
Wearing one of his old Chicago Bulls jerseys, Rodman came on stage during the relatively obscure song ‘Black Red Yellow’, which was the B-side to Pearl Jam’s 1999 single ‘Hail Hail’.
Rodman, who is 6ft 7ins tall, towered above 5ft 8ins singer Vedder, who jumped on a stage monitor so he could properly embrace the basketball player. Vedder swung his legs up into Rodman’s arms so he could be cradled like a toddler, before jumping back onto his feet and finishing the song, which is available on Pearl Jam’s rarities album ‘Lost Dogs’.
It was the second time Rodman has nursed Vedder on stage, having given him a piggyback during Pearl Jam’s show in Dallas in 1998 while they played ‘Alive’.
Pearl Jam and Rodman have long enjoyed a mutual appreciation society. Vedder has been a fan of Rodman’s team Chicago Bulls since childhood, while Rodman said he used Pearl Jam’s music to pump himself up before games, before his retirement in 2006.
At a press conference before he was inducted into basketball’s hall of fame, Rodman said: “Every time I was at the gym or in the locker room, any time I did anything, I put on Pearl Jam and listened to Eddie Vedder. It wasn’t so much the band, but Eddie, speaking straight through his heart.”
Pearl Jam’s most recent album was ‘Lightning Bolt’ in 2013.