Crowdfunded concerts seem to a growing trend, especially after the Foo Fighters embraced the post-millennial show approach by playing a crowdfunded gig in Richmond Virginia last year.
But while the Foo are says ‘Yes’ to the eager fans, their Seattle comrades Pearl Jam are saying ‘No Thanks’.
After one Pearl Jam fan, Daniel Sheffer, pushed to get the band to play the newly renovated Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, locking down 578 backers and raising over $140,000 in the process, management responded with a soft but firm no.
Pearl Jam manager Kelly Curtis said, “We love the passion and enthusiasm of the fans who have spearheaded Pearl Jam crowdfund efforts, however, with more and more of these crowdfunded show proposals cropping up, we want to be clear before fans invest their hard-earned money into these efforts that they are unlikely to happen. 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.”
PJ fan Daniel Sheffer is remaining optimistic and plans to continue his crowd-funded effort.