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Pearl Jam Offered Keys To American Airlines Arena By Dwyane Wade

The members of Pearl Jam have been offered a bit of extra-curricular activity when their spring tour hits Miami on April 9.

Dwyane Wade, star of the NBA's Miami Heat, posted a video message for frontman Eddie Vedder and his bandmates offering them a chance to play on the court at the arena during their stay. In the message Wade says, "What's up Eddie? This is Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat. What I hold right here is the key to my house, the American Airlines Arena. Any time you and the band Pearl Jam want to come and shoot hoops, you got the key. See you guys in April."

Most of Pearl Jam are avid basketball fans -- the group recorded its initial demos as Mookie Blaylock, after the now-retired NBA guard -- and just might take Wade up on his offer.

Pearl Jam's North American run also includes a stop June 11 at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Tennessee and two-night stands during August at Boston's Fenway Park and Wrigley Field in Vedder's home town of Chicago.


Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.