Pearl Jam's Manager Has Snubbed A Campaign For The Rockers To Headline A Grand Opening At Forest Hills Stadium In Queens, New York, Insisting Crowdfunded Gigs Are "Unlikely To Happen".
Fan Daniel Sheffer’s dream of bringing Eddie Vedder and his band to the newly-reopened venue has been dashed by Kelly Curtis in a statement urging devotees not to spend money on hopeful concert plans.
Sheffer has raised over $140,000 (GBP93,000), but Pearl Jam won't be heading to Forest Hills anytime soon.
Curtis tells The Village Voice, "We love the passion and enthusiasm of the fans who have spearheaded Pearl Jam crowdfunded 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."
But Sheffer appears undaunted, stating, "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."
Crowdfunded gigs are becoming more and more popular after Foo Fighters agreed to perform in Richmond, Virginia, after a fan there was was successful in securing funds for a gig in his hometown.