Pearl Jam fans are a notoriously dedicated bunch, and a few of them have been fighting to bring the rock group to the newly reopened Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, which hosted bands like the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Jimi Hendrix in its heyday. Pearl Jam fan forum member Dan Sheffer has started a crowdsourcing effort to bring the band to Queens after being inspired by a similar successful campaign from earlier this year to bring Foo Fighters to Richmond, VA. He started the campaign on November 5th and so far has raised around $45,000 out of an estimated goal of half a million dollars.
But Scheffer has been experiencing some pushback from fans who say that they want a show closer to the band’s hometown of Seattle. Sheffer told The New York Daily News that he was contacted by a group (which the publication identified as Pearl Jam-centric nonprofit Wishlist Foundation) that said that they were planning their own crowdfunding campaign to bring the band to the Gorge Amphitheater in Washington State, but that they wouldn’t try to “sabotage” the Queens show.
The last time that Pearl Jam came through either of these cities, they played two nights at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and one night at KeyArena in Seattle during their 2013 tour in support of Lightning Bolt. They played a 14-date North American tour last month but did not stop in either of them. The band has not commented on the crowdsourcing campaign yet.
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