Pearl Jam continue to work wonders as they focus on social issues, as well as their inimitable brand of alternative rock.
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder has made personal donations to help families in need, while the band has helped support causes such as the Flint water crisis. The band have also been aware of their own carbon emissions as a touring outfit, working to reduce them on a recent sojourn to South America.
At a recent homecoming show in Seattle, however, it was the plight of the homeless which the band wanted to highlight.
According to MyNorthwest; In January, the band announced it would pledge a minimum of $1 million of its own money toward local homelessness initiatives in hopes the donation would encourage more businesses, individuals and organizations to join in.
Local Seattle station Kiro 7 added;
‘People from all over the world are here for the music. But the Seattle shows are bringing together more than just lovers of grunge.
“Pearl Jam really was the one who looked in our backyard and saw the need to do something to help our vulnerable neighbors,” said Sabrina Register, with the King County United Way.
Back in January, Pearl Jam announced the “Home Shows,” and lead guitarist Mike McCready pledged the band would donate a million dollars toward ending homelessness in Seattle.‘
When @PearlJam announced the Home Shows, they planned to raise $1M to help address Seattle’s homelessness crisis – and now, thanks to donations from their generous fans, they will be donating nearly $12M to the cause. What an incredible show of support! https://t.co/2dR0SkuXDm
— Mayor Jenny Durkan (@MayorJenny) August 9, 2018
Kiro 7 elaborated further, when it came to light that the appeal had gained traction;
‘Now the band has brought together more than 140 organizations to raise nearly $12 million for the cause.
The effort comes at a time when Seattleites seem to be feeling peak frustration about homelessness, calling for the repeal of a business head tax even with the crisis worse than ever.
Restaurateur Ethan Stowell says Pearl Jam’s way is the way to go.
“It’s got to be a collaborative plan, it can’t just be City Hall saying hey you’re doing this, or you’re paying for this. It really has to get the brightest minds together. And I think in the spirit of partnership, money will flow – just as you’re seeing on this event,” Stowell said.
Starbucks is also donating up to a half-million dollars.
A specially created Pearl Jam wine, which sold out in 12 minutes, raised about $70,000.
“It’s incredible. It really exceeded our expectations,” said Mark McNeilly, owner of Mark Ryan Winery. He teamed up with Trey Busch work on The Underground Wine Project and create the wine.
There is more money coming, too: More than 80 Seattle-area restaurants have pledged to donate 10 percent of their proceeds tonight, including Stowell’s restaurants.
“I’m a fan of Pearl Jam and I’ll be honest, I’m an even bigger fan of what they’re doing, so that makes (me) a fan even more,” Stowell said.
After the second home show Friday, Pearl Jam’s advisory panel will decide how to allocate the donations to King County nonprofits and agencies that work on ending homelessness.’
MXDWN broke the good news after the shows:
“The band originally planned to raise $1M to support the homeless. But to the surprise of many, the band was able to raise $12M in support of those who are affected by homelessness in that region. Pearl Jam decided to donate $1M to the cause from ticket revenue and other sources. Other donations came from corporate partners, sponsors, and individual fans. The band surpasses many milestones this weekend.”