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Pearl Jam fans hold fundraiser, continue quest to lure the band to Forest Hills


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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BY ROSS BELSKY

On Thursday the fanatics from Pearl Jam Forest Hills hosted their long-awaited fundraiser at Austin’s Ale House in Kew Gardens, hoping to add to the $107,000 they’ve already collected to convince Eddie Vedder and the band to play at Forest Hills Stadium.

The group has been raising money through tilt.com, a crowdfunding website similar to Kickstarter. Of the 450 backers on Tilt, over a hundred jammed out to a Pearl Jam cover band called Last Exit at the Ale House.

About 150 people of all ages sang along to every word with Last Exit. There were roars at the recognition of each song’s first note, and fist pumping on cue with dramatic drumbeats.

“We want to cement Forest Hills Stadium as legendary,” said the group’s founder, Daniel Sheffer. “It is an intimate venue and in our backyards, so the fans would hypothetically have a cathartic experience.” The stadium, which once hosted The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, has been upgraded with $3 million in modern amenities since 2013.

Pearl Jam cover band Last Exit

Pearl Jam cover band Last Exit

Through social media, the group’s efforts have also benefited several charitable organizations, such as Wounded Warrior, the National Kidney Foundation, and Pearl Jam’s own nonprofit Vitalogy Foundation. At the Ale House fundraiser alone, with incentives like band stickers and posters, hundreds of dollars were donated to charities.

Albert Lee, who worked closely with Sheffer in preparation for the event, created a motivational video that says, “This one’s for the band, the fans, the crew, the world.”

“We had no specific goal in terms of money raised,” Lee said at the fundraiser. “But this is more about the noise and publicity of the cause. We try to stay humble, but if Pearl Jam does play here, it will hit me heavy and take me to a higher place.”

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Pearl Jam fans to hold fundraiser at Kew Gardens bar in ongoing efforts to bring band to Queens


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Pearl Jam fans are holding a fundraiser at Austin’s Ale House in January as part of a push to raise money for a crowdfunded attempt to get the ’90s band to play at Forest Hills Stadium.

The organization, Pearl Jam Forest Hills, has raised over $60,000 so far, bringing the head of the organization, Daniel Sheffer, closer to his dream of seeing the band live at Forest Hills Stadium. The money will be used to try to lure the band to play at the stadium.

“It’s beyond my wildest dreams. We’re thankful for all of our supporters,” Sheffer said. “It’s like there are actually people who believe in this and it makes us want to keep going and pushing harder.”

Forest Hills Stadium has held many high-profile music shows over the years, including the Talking Heads and the Beatles. The Who is slated to play in 2015. But if Sheffer and his ilk are successful in convincing the band to come, it would be the first completely publicly funded concert held in the venue.

The fundraiser will be held on Jan. 8, and Sheffer is confident in the the bar’s ability to host the fundraiser since they’ve held other similar events before. Sheffer is also taking the opportunity to help raise money during the fundraiser for charity organizations like the Wounded Warrior Project and Team Gleason.

People who come to the fundraiser can choose what organization they want to give money to. They will also be able to contribute to the Vitalogy Foundation, a nonprofit organization created by the band members of Pearl Jam.

“We’re staying humble, and whatever happens, we consider what we’ve already done a success,” Sheffer said.

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