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Pearl Jam Pledges $1M From 'Home Shows' to Fight Homelessness

Pearl Jam Pledges $1M From 'Home Shows' to Fight Homelessness
Inductees from Pearl Jam perform onstage at the 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center on April 7, 2017, in New York City. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 23 January 2018 12:12 PM

Pearl Jam will play two "home shows" at Seattle's Safeco Field this summer and will give at least $1 million from it to ending homelessness in the city, the Seattle Times reported Monday.

The band, which calls Seattle its hometown, will play concerts Aug. 8 and Aug. 10 at the home of the Seattle Mariners, Pearl Jam's first performance in Seattle in five years, the newspaper said.

Pearl Jam, which was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year, encouraged fans to get involved in the effort to end homelessness in Seattle in a statement, per the Times.

"Seattle is our hometown," said Pearl Jam's lead guitarist Stone Gossard on the band's website. "When there are challenges here, we want to be part of the solution. It's heartening so many organizations and individuals coming together to do the same. It's going to take all of us."

Rolling Stone magazine reported that while Pearl Jam has not announced additional U.S. dates, it has hinted at possible concerts at Boston's Fenway Park, Chicago's Wrigley Field and Missoula, Montana's Washington-Grizzly Stadium.

Pearl Jam joins Seattle government officials, businesses, nonprofits and the Seattle Mariners in attempting to address the homeless situation in the city, the Pearl Jam statement said.

"We must have everyone in the fight to solve homelessness including our local government, caring philanthropists, community organizations, individuals, and artists – all are dedicated to finding innovative long-term solutions to homelessness," Mayor Jenny Durkan said in the statement. "I can't wait to join this iconic Seattle band in August."

Pearl Jam will play four shows in South America in March – Lollapalooza Chile, Argentina and Brazil, and one stadium show in Rio de Janeiro, after which lead singer Eddie Vedder will stay to play two solo shows in S�o Paulo in March, the Seattle Times said.

The band will launch a 14-show tour of Europe starting in June and ending in Lisbon, Portugal, on July 14, the Times said.

Catapulted by hit songs like "Alive" and "Jeremy," Pearl Jam's album "Ten" sold over 13 million copies in America, launching them to longtime commercial success, said the band's Hall of Fame biography.

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