Can You Name All The Chicago References On This Pearl Jam Poster?
By Stephen Gossett in Arts & Entertainment on Sep 1, 2016 3:30PM
Grunge-survivor legacy rockers Pearl Jam seem to have a lot of love for Chicago. Frontman Eddie Vedder delivered a characteristically gravelly rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh-inning stretch of a Cubs game in 2015. This year, he stopped by Metro to play a surprise set at the Hot Stove Cool Music fundraiser in June; and the band played two shows at Wrigley Field last week, one of which included a memorable walk-on from former Chicago Bull Dennis Rodman.
So maybe that deep affection explains why they felt free to get little opaque with the local references on this year's Chicago poster. There are some very obvious nods, yes, but we were rather flummoxed by the character on the left, and what's up with that sad hot dog? The lack of ketchup makes sense, but beyond that, the mystery remains. (The dog/wolf face appears to be something of a hallmark for the poster designer, Faile.) We've reached out to Pearl Jam management and the artist for answers, and we'll make sure any updates have fair spoiler warnings.