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Montana ready to rock to sounds of Pearl Jam

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Even to the naked eye, the Pearl Jam concert at the University of Montana this weekend is shaping up to be a very big deal.

It is likely to be the state's biggest musical event ever, university officials said Wednesday. About 22,000 fans are expected as the band kicks off its 1998 North American tour in Missoula.Workers have begun building the concert stage at Washington-Grizzly Stadium, and more than 150 university students have been hired to help with Saturday night's show.

"Getting this all together has been a monumental task," said John McCall, director of UM Productions, "but everything has been going really well so far."

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Critic Roger Ebert 56

Actress Isabella Rossellini 46

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