In news that leaves a bittersweet taste in the mouth, a German fan of pearl jam who, unfortunately, has a terminal health diagnosis; he got a chance to see his heroes in action, after he almost missed the chance to do so.
Roland Mandel, former professor from Lüneburg; bought your tickets to see pearl jam in 2019, before the Coronavirus pandemic broke out. Back then, two and a half years ago, he was in perfect health but, shortly after, he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of THE A (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), which currently has him in a wheelchair and with a very guarded prognosis.
With only a few months to live, Mandel said go to the show pearl jam it was one of his dying wishes but, due to regulations in the Waldbuhne Stadium from Berlin, his chance to see the band play was put in jeopardy.
According to the German media Taz (via loudwire), the Waldbuhne Stadiumwhich has a total capacity of 22,000 seats, only has 12 wheelchair spaceswhich were already occupied at the time that Mandel maybe use one of them.
“We hadn’t even thought about this possibility in the first place.”– said Mandel’s wife, sandra dragendorf. He added: “Roland doesn’t have much left, only summer. As bad as it is, he has said we are going to go.”
After knowing the situation of Roland, a campaign was started on social networks with the hashtag #RVMforRoland. Designed to draw attention to the situation of Mandelthe hashtag also functioned as a call for pearl jam play one of your favorite songs Roland“Rear view mirror”.