• Pearl Jam announces Seattle tour dates; pledges $1 million to help homeless


    SEATTLE - Pearl Jam lead guitarist Mike McCready raised the band's flag on the Space Needle Monday morning to announce the band’s “The Home Shows” Seattle concert dates as well as the band’s pledge of at least $1 million to help Seattle’s homeless population.

    The band will play at Safeco Field on August 8 and 10.  Ticket sale information will be released in the coming days.

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    With the concerts being held at Safeco Field, nearly 100,000 fans will be able to attend the Seattle shows, which will also highlight efforts in Seattle and King County to address the homelessness issue.

    McCready said the band is pledging a minimum of $1 million of its own money toward local homelessness initiatives in hopes the donation will encourage more businesses, individuals and organizations to join in. Their goal is to raise a minimum of $10 million this year.

    The band is researching programs to address the problem in a variety of ways. Pearl Jam plans to announce specific beneficiaries closer to the show dates.

    "The Home Shows" mark Pearl Jam’s first hometown appearance in five years and will be the largest headlining concert event in Seattle since the Rolling Stones’ two-night stint at the Kingdome in 1981.




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