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A Pearl Jam fan says a rough game of basketball with the group's bassist Jeff Ament was "worth it" in the end. 

Sherif Hassan tells Australia's Triple J that Ament actually broke his nose during the pick-up game in New Zealand, which also included Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler. 

Pearl Jam and Arcade Fire are both Down Under for this year's Big Day Out festival tour, and Hassan says Ament made up for the broken nose by giving him and some friends tickets to the event and backstage passes. 

He says the injury didn't bother him as much after he spent some time hanging out with New Zealand singer Lorde between shows and got a shout out from Eddie Vedder during Pearl Jam's performance. 

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