Tuesday September 4, 2012

PHILADELPHIA -- If closing out a two-day festival with an intense two-hour set wasn’t enough for Pearl Jam, then bringing out the man who organized it sealed the deal.

Jay-Z joined the group for its second-to-last encore Sunday with a rocking version of his signature hit "99 Problems."

While Jay closed out the first night of the Budweiser Made in America Festival, he handed the torch to the Seattle-based band grunge rockers and they did not disappoint.

Their 25-song set saw tens of thousands of fans jumping, dancing, and singing on the muggy September night to the band’s well-known tracks like "Alive," "Better Man," and "Jeremy."

For the song "Unemploy able," Vedder told the crowd it was about a hard-working family man who did all the right things in life, but became the victim of job cuts. He said sometimes the so-called job creators are creating jobs outside the United States.

"I want to see more things made in America" Vedder said, to thunderous applause.

Vedder also urged people to get out and vote, before a rousing cover of the Clash’s "Know Your Rights." Fittingly, the band ended the show with Neil Young’s "Rockin’ in the Free World."

But Pearl Jam wasn’t the only big story, as earlier in the day Run DMC performed for the first time in over a decade.


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