Pearl Jam Sets Up Political Benefit

Pearl Jam will once again do its part for a political cause when the band plays a September benefit show in Washington, D.C. for Voters For Choice.

According to the band's official website (the Pearl Jam Rumor Pit), the show is set for September 19 at Washington's Constitution Hall, and tickets will go on sale this Saturday at 9 a.m. at Ticketmaster outlets.

This is, of course, not the band's first foray into activism. Pearl Jam played a benefit concert in North Carolina in September of 1996 for Artists for a Hate Free America and Musicians Organized for Voter Education. The liberal benefit was also billed as a "retirement party" for conservative Senator Jesse Helms, who was up for re-election at the time and eventually held onto his seat.

Pearl Jam has also chipped in at the annual Tibetan Freedom Concert, donated money from its recent homecoming shows to AIDS, public

school, youth recreation and Native American programs in Seattle, and seen its members join in this year's anti-death penalty "Dead Man" concert.