There are few bands as successful that maintain as close a relationship with their fans as Pearl Jam. Whether through the publication of bootlegs of concerts of their tours or gestures in each city they visit. The band went a step further during a concert in Germany, when they invited a terminally ill fan to join them on stage.
Roland Mandel, who had bought his tickets to the show before the pandemic, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) last year; Due to the degenerative pathology of the disease, Mandel is in terminal phase and one of his last wishes was to see the group live.
But his plans almost did not come to pass when the seats for the disabled in the enclosure were sold out. Through a viral campaign, the band found out and invited him to a location near the stage.
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After playing “I Believe in Miracles” by The Ramones -a classic within their setlist– Eddie Vedder ushered Roland and his family onto the stage. “He should also be able to experience this very special vision; He worked his ass off to be here with us”said the singer from the stage. Instantly, the audience began to cheer the fan on by chanting his name. After taking a couple of photos, Roland and his family left with an indelible memory.
Pearl Jam’s gift to their fans
Pearl Jam returned to the stage after the pandemic to present Gigaton, his album released at the beginning of the global quarantine, but before that he left a very special gift for his fans. And pay attention in Argentina, because there are extra bonuses for us.
The band launched a platform called “Deep”, which gives members of the “Ten” fan club access to a huge music catalog including 186 live shows of the 21st century. Are 5400 songs available from the world tours of 2000, 2003, 2008, 2013 and 2014.
And if we talk about 2013, Argentine fans will smile because the recital that the group gave on April 3 at the Costanera Sur property, in what was his third visit to the country. That day, and with the venue muddy due to a terrible storm that occurred the day before, those commanded by Vedder put their grunge orchestra at the service of more than 40 thousand people and performed classics from their entire discography.
In addition to the official bootlegs, the group presented shows by category and fan-selected playlists, including “Lo mejor de”, “Covers” y “Know Your Rights” (referring to The Clash), with his great political songs. On this website, users can generate their own playlist personalized; Just by entering your name and city, you receive a song list written as if it were the setlist of a concert.