Pearl Jam's "Home Shows": Two Safeco Field Concerts, Millions of Dollars to Fight Homelessness in Seattle

The band is playing in Seattle for the first time in years, and will be donating $1 million toward efforts combating homelessness in the city and county.
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Pearl Jam is headed back to the Seattle stage, and will be bringing a purpose to the performance.

The band is announcing “The Home Shows” -- two shows at Safeco Field taking place on Aug. 8 and 10.

Not only will the legendary Seattle band be performing “the largest headlining concert event in Seattle since the Rolling Stones’ two-night stint at the Kingdome in 1981” (as the band tweeted), but they’ll be donating $1 million to assist in the effort to combat one of the biggest issues the city faces -- homelessness.

“The shows aim to unite the community to help alleviate homelessness in the city of Seattle,” the band said in its announcement, posted to all of its social media channels.

See the video below.

The announcement page on Pearl Jam’s website also links to the Seattle Times’ “Project Homeless” page, which is the paper’s initiative examining homelessness in the region.

According to the Seattle Times

“Pearl Jam is joining a growing list of area businesses, government agencies, nonprofits and members of the creative community “who are collaborating to tackle the biggest public health crisis to hit our community in recent history,” the band said in a statement, citing the city of Seattle, Seattle Mariners, Starbucks, Amazon, Ethan Stowell Restaurants, Port of Seattle, Visit Seattle and KIS.”

Pearl Jam is setting a goal of raising at least $10 million toward homelessness initiatives in the city of Seattle and King County in 2018.

To mark the announcement, the Pearl Jam flag is flying on top of the Space Needle.

What else has the band been up to lately?

Mike McCready spent his Saturday at the Seattle Women’s March, and Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy Foundation donated more than $130,000 in support of 10 nonprofit organizations (including Seattle children’s PlayGarden and Seattle Children’s Hospital) in December 2017. 

The band also announced a tour in South America and Europe for dates in spring and summer. The Home Shows are the first announced U.S. dates on the band’s 2018 tour. Ticket information might still be forthcoming but it looks like Safeco Field is ready to rock.

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