BY LUIS GRONDA
A hardcore Pearl Jam fan wants his favorite band to hit Forest Hills like a “Lightning Bolt.”
Daniel Sheffer has started fundraising to bring the Seattle grunge rock band to the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium.
The site he created, pearljamforesthills.com, aims to raise enough money to pay for the band to play the historic stadium, as well as costs related to a concert like the booking fee and logistical costs for the show.
Sheffer said he wants to bring Pearl Jam to Forest Hills because it would be terrific to see his favorite band grace the same stage that other music legends have played on in the past, including The Beatles and Bob Dylan.
Sheffer is a long-time fan of the band, he said. He has been listening to them for about 20 years and has seen them live 19 times. Sheffer said his favorite Pearl Jam album is 1994’s “Vitalogy.”
The site offers a couple of donation options if you are looking to contribute to the cause. If you donate $1, it would just be a small donation to their fund. If you are willing to dish out $80, you will get one ticket to the proposed show that will be given out in a lottery, according to the site.
The highest donation of $1,000 will net you four tickets to the show as well as a mystery box full of Pearl Jam memorabilia. Sheffer said the goodies will include rare vinyl records and concert posters.
The initiative has gotten a tremendous response so far. He has raised over $51,000 as of Monday and the total has not yet yielded.
Sheffer said he is surprised by the wave of support the cause has gotten in the days following its launch.
“I thought it would be very slow and it would kind of just disappear,” he said.
His goal for the campaign is to raise at least $100,000 for the show’s bank.
Sheffer said he has not yet heard from the band or representatives of the band, but he has gotten the backing from blogs and fan clubs related to the band.
He said he does not want to rush them to make a decision, but he hopes to hear from them within the next two months.
“We’re going to persevere until we get a yes or no from the band,” Sheffer said.
For more information on the movement or if you would like to donate, please visit pearljamforesthills.com.
Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127, firstname.lastname@example.org or @luisgronda.