It has been claimed that the members of Pearl Jam have raised in excess of $11million (£8.6m) dollars for the homeless population of Seattle.
Eddie Vedder and co. marked the return to their home city with two mammoth gigs at the city’s Safeco Field earlier this week, their first shows in Seattle for five years. In an expansive set that included cover versions of Chris Cornell, The White Stripes, The Beatles, Neil Young and more, the band donated all the proceeds to local charity organisations.
According to Seattle’s KOMO News, the band’s two “Home Away” shows on Wednesday and Friday night raised over $11million for the homeless, with 90% of the proceeds going to King County organizations.
“This is what those ‘Home Shows’ can do,” said Marty Hartman, director of Mary’s Place. “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.”
One of the 40 organisations receiving the donations is Mary’s Place, a charity that provides temporary housing to homeless women, children, and families. “Up until now, we’ve been in buildings that are slated for demolition,” Hartman explained. “This is the first time we’ve ever bought anything. This is our first home purchase.”