Pearl Jam prepares to go Home

Why lend their power and influence to a problem they’ve never had to deal with? Fittingly, they were playing against Chicago – the White Sox, though, not Eddie Vedder’s beloved Cubs. The year was 2013, which says a lot. There are banners on buses. Worth the price of checking a bag on the flight back.)
Preorders were taken for the small run and, as of August 3, more than $55,000 had been raised toward the overall goal of $200,000. Of course. The 3,500 PJ fans at the game helped raise $54,000 that night alone. At $12 a pop for the cup itself, let alone whatever you’d put it in (cheaper for a non-alcoholic beverage than a beer, naturally), it was yet another fundraiser the band was proud to offer. The band has set a goal of $1 million from the two Home Shows alone, in addition to all the branded products. They closed their Lightning Bolt tour at the KeyArena, which was filled to capacity, of course, as it always is when any band plays a show in their hometown. Heritage Distilling sells this bourbon as part of its regular collection, but the batch made available on August 7 will include a $20 donation with each sale. (That show ended a four-year absence, for those keeping track.)
The band will return for two similarly sold-out shows on August 8 and 10, and this time they’ve got a very clear purpose. Pearl Jam knows many thousands more people wanted to attend the two concerts than will be able. Among the offerings: A ballcap with a fake mullet attached, a signed baseball, a signed Mariners jersey, a copy of the PJ20 soundtrack on vinyl autographed by the band, an autographed copy of the Benaroya Hall concert on vinyl (which many fans in attendance didn’t know even existed). Or do you dig in and hopefully have organizations compromise or get together, figure out some sort of solution or long-term plan. “So what do you do? At one point early on, the price was up well over $1,000. They’d be doubly lucky if they got one that fit. But why does this band care? There was also a four-pack of the previously mentioned wine. There are ads in newspapers. The last time Pearl Jam played in Seattle, it was a different world. They also know that their passionate fans will be interested in helping any way they can. The Mariners game – which they won, by the way – started with Mike McCready and Eddie Vedder throwing out first pitches (Eddie cleared home plate, Mike… tried really hard), included PJ songs during breaks in the game and ended with a 15-minute fireworks show set to a selection of songs from throughout the band’s career. I couldn’t find any information on the band’s website about how much it sold for but it was not cheap. For Ten Club members who bought a special ticket, there was a limited edition t-shirt with the band’s name written in the colors of the MLB team. And it’s not just the Mariners game and the two concerts – it’s a whole WEEK of events, with promises from 80 restaurants to donate at least 10% of their sales on August 8 toward the effort. … We don’t know what the solution is, but we want to be part of some of it.”
The $1 million pledge from the band has blossomed into a $10 million effort, including some 70 organizations and companies across the Seattle region. So they’re being smart marketers: Limited edition bourbon, wine, chocolate, you name it. game, there was a small stampede of eager fans hoping to be among the lucky ones to get a shirt. The Home Shows will help raise money and the all-inclusive “awareness” of homelessness in Seattle, a town with a history of young runaways living on the streets that’s almost as mythic as the city’s role in grunge. A local radio station, 107.7 The End is donating $2 from every ticket sold to one of its big summer concerts toward the project, and there’s a new Pearl Jam exhibit at the Museum of Pop Culture opening August 11. “I grew up here and I’ve never seen anything like this – none of us have,” McCready admitted to the Seattle Times recently. Missoula, Chicago and Boston and 100% sold out.)
The Home Shows are everywhere in Seattle. The shirts were first-come-first-served and, when the gate opened around 5:40 p.m. But good grief is Pearl Jam trying its hardest to make a difference, a tangible one that matters, in a city that’s been so good to them for so long. On the stadium’s first floor, there was a silent auction during the first few innings. (It tastes like candy. in advance of the 7 p.m. (There are Away shows too. The festivities kicked off early to really ramp up the energy for the Home Shows. No single band can literally save the world. Do you just sit around and go, ‘That’s just how it is’? During the game, the concession stands were selling limited edition plastic cups in a deep red with the ubiquitous Home Shows logo emblazoned on it. From the moment of arrival, walking through SeaTac, where banners are proudly displayed not only announcing the shows but stating that, sorry, they’re sold out. On July 20, the band was welcomed and celebrated and featured prominently during a Seattle Mariners game. The band also teamed up with the locally based Heritage Distilling Company for a small batch of specially labeled Brown Sugar Bourbon, yet another fundraiser.
Pearl Jam prepares to go Home