Excitement builds ahead of Pearl Jam's concerts to fight homelessness

Fans line up for Thursday's Pearl Jam concert at Safeco Field (KOMO News photo)

SEATTLE - Fans camped out overnight outside Safeco Field for the first Pearl Jam concert in the band's hometown of Seattle in five years.

Two sold-out concerts by the famed band, on Wednesday and Friday, have already brought in million sof dollars to fight homelessness.

Pearl Jam is donating the money from the two so-called "Home Shows" to help out organizations dealing with the homeless emergency, which is reaching critical proportions in Seattle.

More than 12,000 people are homeless in King County - mostly in Seattle - according to the latest numbers from a physical count of people living on the streets. That's up 4 percent over last year.

More than half of those people are on the streets with no shelter at all - and that's why fans of Pearl Jam are stepping up to help.

"I think amazing," says Gretchen Eyth, who traveled up from Portland to see the concert. "I totally support what they are trying to raise money for here as well."

Concert organizers say 30 to 40 local nonprofits that help the homeless have been picked out to get some of the money. A few are Mary's Place, Real Change, and the YMCA.

The band will decide where the rest of the money will go after their last concert on Friday.

For those who can't make it to either concert - there is an alternative. More than 80 local restaurants and venues are donating a portion of their Thursday sales to fight homelessness.

You can learn more about Pearl Jam's homeless initiative here ...

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