Tonight, Pearl Jam played a rare show at the Adams Center in Missoula, MT, not too far from Jeff Ament’s hometown of Big Sandy. This wasn’t an ordinary gig though. A handful of tickets were sold through Senator Jon Tester’s website; according to this article, those who paid $250 for a ticket got an evening reception with Pearl Jam, and those that parted with $500 were able to eat pizza with the band, Tester, and anyone else who shelled out that cash.
Once again though, Pearl Jam flexed its political muscle, its appearance there in part garnered to get younger people interested in voting, particularly in the race between Tester and candidate Danny Rehberg, which is getting close.
“I can’t tell you how important it is to vote,” Ament said. “I think that particular campaign really made me realize how empowering it is to vote and what a difference one person can make.”
The fact that Eddie Vedder managed to raise over a million dollars during a recent Obama rally certainly isn’t lost on Tester, and it’s likely he’s hoping that something similar could happen for him.
“It’s no surprise that after raising $1.7 million for President Obama, Pearl Jam would come to the aid of Sen. Tester, who supports Obama 95 percent of the time in Washington,” said Rehberg spokesman Chris Bond about the concert.