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Thousands jammed the Jazz Fest to hear groups like Pearl Jam

Thousands packed the grassy field in front of the largest stage at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on Saturday to hear Pearl Jam run through some of their biggest hits.

Former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason, who is suffering with ALS, was wheeled onto the stage accompanied by members of his family to introduce the band amid a cacophony of cheers. Lead singer Eddie Vedder leaned down toward Gleason to acknowledge his presence before launching into the set's first song. Later in the show, Vedder commented on his love and respect for Gleason.

"Just to have him here with us is an honor," Vedder said amid cheers and screams. "Thank you,...

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