Pearl Jam’s Manager Responds to Crowdfunding Campaign in Queens: ‘Unlikely to Happen’
In November 2014, a diehard Pearl Jam fan launched a crowdfunding campaign to get the band to travel to Queens, N.Y., for a gig at Forest Hills Stadium. While it was initially met with some backlash from fellow fans, Dan Sheffer's campaign has raised nearly $140,000 thanks to the support of more than 575 people.
As good as the campaign seems to be doing, though, it looks like Pearl Jam have no intention of playing the concert.
"We love the passion and enthusiasm of the fans who have spearheaded Pearl Jam Crowdfund efforts," Kelly Curtis, Pearl Jam's manager, recently told Village Voice. "However, with more and more of these crowdfunded show proposals cropping up, we want to be clear before fans invest their earned money into these efforts that they are unlikely to happen."
Curtis gives a bit more explanation to fans who might be scratching their heads: "The band's shows are booked through their management and touring agents. A lot goes into scheduling, routing, producing and promoting safe and successful shows for our fans. We will continue to rely on our experts in the field to ensure this remains the case for the band's future tours."
Sheffer, ever the optimistic PJ fan, responded to the Voice:
We will continue to crowdfund until we receive a hard no from the Pearl Jam management. Dreams do come true and we are doing this for the thousands of fans that have supported us, visited our website, and have done charity work all for this movement. Pearl Jam are our heroes and we hope they can hear our proposal and give us more detailed feedback. We want this concert in Pearl Jam's hands and by no means would want otherwise. We know they put on a show like no other. We are simply a grassroots movement that knows Pearl Jam Forest Hills would be amazing for the fans, the band, and the community. We remain faithful, as the song goes. We are the Forest Hills Faithful!
While Curtis didn't deliver a "hard no," "unlikely to happen" seems, unfortunately, pretty clear. You can stay up-to-date with the Forest Hills crowdfunding campaign here.