Pearl Jam have raised millions for Seattle’s homeless, after donating proceeds from their hometown shows to local organisations.
Eddie Vedder and co. performed two shows at the city’s Safeco Field earlier this week. During Friday’s gig (August 10), they covered the rare Chris Cornell track ‘Missing’. On Wednesday (August 8), they treated fans to tunes by The White Stripes, The Beatles, Neil Young and more. The band hadn’t played in Seattle for five years.
Now, it’s been revealed that 90 per cent of the $11 million takings from the shows were donated to around 40 local organisations aiming to tackle homelessness in the band’s native city.
“This is what those ‘Home Shows’ can do,” Marty Hartman, director of Mary’s Place, told KOMO NEWS. “Literally, bring more people home, out of those cars, out of those tents, up off the sidewalk and give them a safe space to be and get them into their forever home.”
Hartman’s non-profit organisation provides temporary housing to women, children, and families in the homeless community. Mary’s Place’s first privately-owned shelter opened its doors to homeless families on Wednesday.
“Up until now, we’ve been in buildings that are slated for demolition,” Hartman said. “This is the first time we’ve ever bought anything. This is our first home purchase.”
What’s more, Pearl Jam also inspired restaurants in Seattle to join their campaign. Over 80 establishments donated some of their proceeds from Wednesday evening to the band’s Home Away fund.
Meanwhile, Pearl Jam recently joined forces with Jack White at their headline show at NOS Alive 2018. Reviewing the set, NME said: “Towards the end of the set, things take a turn into the ridiculous; a cover of ‘Comfortably Numb’ (their second Pink Floyd cover of the night) is shortly followed by a site-wide singalong to John Lennon’s unifying ‘Imagine’ – delivered in Vedder’s rough growl. And then, they only bloody go and bring on Jack White for a cover of ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’. With nigh on 50,000 people gathered around, it’s like a storytime of gigantic proportions.”