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Pearl Jam to play the United Center, Aug. 23 -- UPDATED 5/8

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When Pearl Jam last performed in Chicago, the long-running Seattle rock band was censored by AT&T, one of the corporate sponsors of Lollapalooza and a Webcaster of the event, when singer and Evanston native Eddie Vedder dared to criticize President Bush and oil companies dumping toxic waste in Lake Michigan.

It will be interesting to see if Vedder has any comment on that incident when the rockers once again take the stage here during one of what they're calling "two special North America engagements" on Aug. 23 at the United Center. (The other show is on Aug. 21 in Toronto.)

Tickets for the Chicago show go on sale Saturday, May 9, at 11 a.m. via Pearl Jam's old nemesis, Ticketmaster. But a special ticket pre-sale for current, active members of the band's Ten Club begins today, May 4, and ends Wednesday, May 6, via

Tickets are $68, plus the dreaded Ticketmaster service fees.

UPDATE: Pearl Jam has now added a second show on Aug. 24. Tickets for both gigs, Aug. 23 and 24, will go on sale Saturday, May 9, at 11 a.m.

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Jim, I am sure you can't wait to crush their performance. Surprised you didn't leave a little dig in this briefing.

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