HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Pearl Jam will look to tap into a national youth movement to register new voters when the pioneering grunge rock band plays a concert in tiny Missoula, Montana, one of just four cities in its U.S. tour this summer.
The politically active band has dubbed the sold-out Aug. 13 concert “Rock2Vote'' and plans to give a portion of its proceeds to four Montana organizations that support youth and Native American voting, land conservation and women's health.
Bassist Jeff Ament, a native of Montana who lives part time in Missoula, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he's been inspired by the eloquence and passion of the teenage survivors of the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
“It's hard not to be inspired by the youth movement right now on a national level,'' Ament said. “We'll certainly follow their lead.''
The band also plans to launch a Rock2Vote website to tell Montana fans about upcoming elections and what's happening in their communities, he said.
The aim is to encourage people who are coming of voting age to have a conversation about the divisive political climate and how it's affecting them, Ament said.
“Maybe it will be a model that can be used beyond Montana, but we're creating it for this show,'' Ament said.
The Missoula concert will mark the third time Pearl Jam has played in Montana when Ament's childhood friend, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, is up for election. The band also played in Missoula in support of Tester campaigns in 2005 and 2012.
The Montana Democrat is running for a third term in November, with four candidates competing for the Republican nomination to unseat him.
Pearl Jam is coming back this time to support the Montana Democrat indirectly, Ament said. The band's financial contributions will go to its four “partner'' organizations: Forward Montana, Montana Native Vote, Montana Conservation Voters and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Montana.
Ament and Tester grew up in the northern Montana town of Big Sandy. Tester refereed Ament's childhood basketball games and they worked on adjacent farms during the summer.
They even got the same crewcut from Ament's dad, George, who was the town's mayor and barber.
Pearl Jam also will play two shows each in Seattle, Chicago and Boston starting in August. The short U.S. tour will follow a 13-stop European tour in June and July.
Ament, who turned 55 last month, also is releasing a solo album and said that Pearl Jam does not have any immediate plans to go back into the studio.
But after 28 years together, the band doesn't plan to slow down its heavy touring schedule.
“There's really nothing better than getting together with our friends and playing music,'' Ament said. “It wouldn't really make sense to stop.''
ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — The public comment period is drawing to a close as the Bureau of Land Management will move to create new management plans for the reduced national monuments in southern Utah.
The Spectrum reports comments were given at the scoping meetings held last month in Kanab, Escalante, Blanding and Bluff, and people can still submit written comments to the bureau before the Friday deadline.
President Donald Trump in December downsized the Bears Ears National Monument by about 85 percent and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by nearly half.
The action drew criticism from Native American tribes and environmentalists who said the monuments protected rich natural and archaeological resources.
Republican state leaders supported president's move, saying the monuments limited what can be done with the millions of acres they encompass.
SEATTLE (AP) — The family of a Native American man fatally shot by police who mistook a cellphone for a gun has filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Lakewood and police involved in the 2015 shooting.
The Seattle Times reported Friday that the complaint by Daniel Covarrubias' family says the Lakewood police department used the same aggressive police tactics that led to the 2013 shooting death of an unarmed African-American man and resulted in a $15.3 million civil-rights verdict.
Covarrubias' family had filed a $15 million tort claim against the city in January, hoping the city would settle the case before they filed suit in U.S. District Court in Tacoma.
The city's attorney Stewart Estes did not respond to an email and call from The Seattle Times seeking comment.