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Vedder, Morello join Springsteen for marathon Chicago show

Billboard -- Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band welcomed both Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder and Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello to the mic during a three and half hour show at Chicago's Wrigley Field Friday night.

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Chicago-native Vedder joined the Boss about an hour into the epic set for a duet on "Atlantic City," becoming a trending topic on Twitter. Before the night was over, Springsteen and co. had not only roared through 28 songs from throughout his four-decade career (1973's "Spirit In The Night," 2012's "We Are Alive"), he'd also brought out Morello, who appears on Springsteen's 2012 album "Wrecking Ball," for "Death To My Hometown," "Jack of All Trades" and "Ghost of Tom Joad."

The evening's five-song encore came to a crescendo with both Vedder and Morello joining the Boss and the band for "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" and a cover of "Twist and Shout."

Vedder has previously shared the stage with Springsteen only a handful of times, including a 2002 Chicago Springsteen show, a pair of 2004 concerts in New Jersey and Washington DC related to the Vote For Change tour. In 2009, he performed for Springsteen at the Kennedy Center Honors Springsteen gala.

The Wrigley Springsteen show caps a week Vedder began in Philadelphia sharing a stage with Jay-Z during Pearl Jam's set at the Made In America festival Sunday while Springsteen headlined a tireless two-nighter across town at Citizen's Bank Park.

Morello has previously guested with the Boss as recently as earlier this year. Springsteen's "Wrecking Ball" world tour, which has already swung through the U.S. and Europe and which has been hitting the three-hour-plus mark regularly, returns to Chicago's Wrigley Field Saturday for the second show of a two-night stand.

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Sep 10, 2012 9:14AM
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I've been a huge Springsteen fans forever but I agree that concert arenas are not the appropriate platform for performers to voice their opinions but Bruce has always done this.  We don't have to agree with Springsteen's politics to appreciate his music though. 

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I like it.  Very refreshing to have a star appreciate the ridiculous amount of money they make and not just talk about the "artistic" aspect of their work.
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