Pearl Jam, the Seattle grunge survivors fronted by Eddie Vedder who closed down the Spectrum in South Philadelphia in 2009 with four sold-out shows, will headline the Made In America festival along with Jay-Z. The band's web site confirmed the show this afternoon.
Last week, Jay-Z and Mayor Michael Nutter announced that the two-day festival would be happening on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Labor Day weekend.
Until this afternoon, however, we didn't actually know who would be playing the Budweiser sponsored fest, other than Jay-Z himself, who will headline the one of the two nights on the biggest of the ticketed event's three stages.
It hasn't been officially announced who will close out the show on Saturday Sept. 1 and who will do the honors on Sunday Sept. 2, but Jay-Z did tell Rolling Stone last week that he was planning on playing the first of two nights.
Other acts confirmed so far include acclaimed Brooklyn indie-rock band Dirty Projectors and Massachusetts electro-pop band Passion Pit. The lineup seems to be on its way to be living up to Jay-Z's promise that it would be "very diverse."
The hip-hop mogul assured the Inquirer in an interview last week that Made In America would be wide-ranging musically. "The lines that separate us, I don’t believe in that," the rapper born Shawn Carter said. "That’s for people who need to easily define what they’re hearing. Me, I’m cool with everything and anything I'm hearing that's music."
Last week, Roots drummer and bandleader Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson blogged on OkayPlayer.com that "his Hovness will bring you a two day festival, with an artist roster big enough to rival Philly’s Live Aid from '85."
Two-day Made In America passes go on sale Wednesday at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster and LiveNation.com. Tickets for admission for both days show range from $99 to VIP packages that go as high as $655. There will be a pre-sale on Facebook at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Info here.