Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament Helps Poor Kids By Building Skate Parks

(Classic Rock) Pearl Jam star Jeff Ament has revealed that he gets motivated to tour by thinking about how much money he'll be able to give to his skate park charity fund.

He's much more excited about helping tackle child abuse, neglect and suicide than he is about hitting the road with Eddie Vedder and co. And the hope of offering assistance to poverty-stricken communities by building leisure facilities keeps him energized.

Ament tells Vice: "The band's Vitalogy Foundation takes $3 from every ticket, and we split that up five ways for our causes. That ends up being a good chunk of change - but most of the skate bowls I pay for out of my own pocket.

"The band will probably try and get another record going in the next year, and I just want to build more parks. The way I look at it is if I'm touring and doing more things with the band, I make more money. If I make more money I build more parks. It helps me get more excited about touring - because I'm usually not too excited about it." Read more here.

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