By Luis Gomez
8:37 AM CDT, July 1, 2011
Eddie Vedder surprised patrons at Murphy's Bleachers Thursday when he took the stage for an impromptu performance during the Wrigleyville bar's open mic night.
The Pearl Jam frontman, who sang "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" with former Cub Jose Cardenal during the Cubs-San Francisco Giants game earlier that day, performed his Cubs tribute song, "All the Way" and a cover of of Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World."
"Eddie stopped in and hung out on our rooftop after the Cubs game with (co-owner) Beth Murphy and Ron Santo Jr.," said fellow Murphy's co-owner James Murphy Friday. "Beth asked him to play a couple of songs at our open mic ... before getting back on his tour bus last night."
On Wednesday, Vedder visited Stanley's Kitchen & Tap in Lincoln Park with fellow Evanston native John Cusack, former Blackhawk Chris Chelios, former Bear Tom Thayer and singer Glen Hansard. Vedder was in Chicago for two solo shows at the Chicago Theatre Tuesday and Wednesday.
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