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Pearl Jam Fans Brave Scorching Heat For Swag

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    Fans wait hours in line in scorching heat to pick up merchandise. (Published Friday, July 19, 2013)

    Pearl Jam takes the stage in Wrigley Field Friday night, but several fans lined up near the stadium early Friday morning to try and snag the band's merchandise.

    Unfortunately, that meant standing around in temperatures north of 90 degrees.

    "We got water, we knew what we were up against," fan Adam Budd said as he waited in line to choose among the available posters and t-shirts.

    The first fan was in line at 8 a.m. Alison Horn was in line for 2 1/2 hours and counting when NBC 5 caught up with her.

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    "It's excruciating, but worth the wait I think," she said.

    Pearl Jam tickets were hot commodities when they were released in February, selling out faster than any other show in Wrigley Field history.

    Friday was the second day fans lined up to pick up Pearl Jam merchandise. Vendors ran out on Thursday, so many fans came back to get their fix.

    Water fans were running and umbrellas set up to shield fans from the scorching sun. A handful of fans passed out from the heat Thursday, prompting vendors to roll out buckets of iced water.

    "I came all the way from Utah and now I'm questioning my sanity," fan Adam Bromwell said.