The giver that is Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament talks about helping small towns get their very own skateparks in a new mini-doc ‘Pass the Bucket.’
Jeff Ament grew up as a kid looking for a creative outlet in Montana. When you reside in such a sparsely populated area, that isn’t always the easiest thing to do. In ‘Pass the Bucket,’ Ament talks about how connecting to the outside world through his love of music and skateboarding and how both helped shape who he is today. Ament uses Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy Foundation to help facilitate skateboarding for those who may not have had the chance to otherwise.
Jeff has been helping build world class skateparks in rural areas for years. The Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota is the next place visited by Ament in the video below. Pine Ridge has some of the highest teen suicide and poverty rates in the West, so Ament took it upon himself to provide them with an outlet that could possibly break that cycle for the youth.
Ament and Pearl Jam will continue to record their 10th studio album in the fall, but first will embark on a European tour and play some U.S. festivals this summer.