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Pearl Jam Replaces A Fan's Stolen Autographed Guitar

Pearl Jam Xmas
Pearl Jam takes care of their fans, and if the constant live albums and battles with ticketmaster didn’t prove it, this story will.
For Christmas this year, the band replaced a stolen autographed guitar for a family — the family of a fan who had passed away.
The story goes like this:
In 1992 the band gave 17-year-old fan Josh Hardy a signed Fender guitar while he was dying of brain cancer. After he passed away, it went to his brother. Fast forward a bit, and the brother is now 34. The guitar was then stolen from Ben’s home this month. He DID get the guitar back, but the autographs were gone in an attempt to sell the stolen instrument.
The band heard the story and shipped Ben a package. It was a brand new guitar, complete with all the band members signatures!!
Here’s what the family had to say:

“In a note Pearl Jam said they’ve been following the story and this is what they decided to do. It’s an amazing gesture of goodwill. It exceeds expectations … They went above and beyond.”
“It’s a blessing for our family to have all this happen. This is our Christmas story. Pearl Jam is amazing and to think that they remembered Josh after all these years is incredible.”

This is so sweet that we’re speechless!
It proves a couple of things for sure: Pearl Jam is incredibly rad. Thieves are dicks.
We’re just so happy it worked out for Ben and his family!
[Image via WENN.]

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Dec 30, 2011 08:00am PDT

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