Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder is set to perform at Cure’s 20th annual Chicago benefit on October 15, 2018 at Navy Pier in Chicago. Vedder will perform along with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band member Nils Lofgren and Broadway star Miguel Cervantes. Cervantes starred in Green Day’s Broadway Idiot, and has performed in Hamilton.
Vedder frequently does charitable and kind acts for children facing hard times. A 13-year old Pearl Jam fan named Roarke who has fought brain cancer recently had his dream come true when he jammed with Eddie Vedder after a fan campaign to make a meeting happen.
Andrew Long tweeted on July 23rd, “My guitar student, Roarke, beat brain cancer a few months ago. Him and his family have been through Hell and back this year. He loves Pearl Jam and wants to meet them at Safeco next month. Retweet or spread the hashtag #RoarkeGetsVedder @Kevin_Martinez @Softykjr @Mariners.”
He wrote on August 7th, “Hey @PearlJam @MikeMcCreadyPJ @jillvedder77 so much good being done with #TheHomeShows, we know making space for this brain cancer warrior is a big ask. Pls help him meet his idols if you can. #PJHeals #NoOneFightsAlone #Mahalo2UBrothers.”
MLS soccer player Brad Evans tweeted about the story, and the story caught fire, and in Seattle at one of Pearl Jam’s Home Shows at Safeco Field, Roarke got his wish to meet Eddie Vedder. The meeting and jam session was described on social media posts.
“The moment Eddie Vedder asked Roarke to play his personal guitar for him. Look at his body language… like he’s impressed and honored by my 13-year-old kid. Such a kind soul. #RoarkeGetsVedder”
“Eddie asked his favorite song, Roarke says ‘Yellow Ledbetter. I learned to play it on the guitar.’ Eddie looks around says, “Can we get a guitar?” #PureMagic #PJheals #TheHomeShows #RoarkegetsVedder #WhenHeroesRAllUHopedTheyBe ❤️❤️❤️ @PearlJam @Jillvedder77 #AMillionMahalos.”
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My guitar student, Roarke, beat brain cancer a few months ago. Him and his family have been through Hell and back this year. He loves Pearl Jam and wants to meet them at Safeco next month. Retweet or spread the hashtag #RoarkeGetsVedder @Kevin_Martinez @Softykjr @Mariner