Terminally Ill Pearl Jam Fan Granted Final Wish, Joining The Band On Stage

24 June 2022 | 9:48 am | Parry Tritsiniotis

Tear-jerking, heart-warming scenes out of Berlin.

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One of Roland Mandel's final wishes was to watch Pearl Jam perform and the band has allowed him to do one better, joining the band on stage.

He was diagnosed with ALS a year ago and reportedly only has a few months to live. One of his final wishes was to see the band perform in Berlin. Hope was slim however after he found at that at the Berlin performance on the 21st of June, all of the 12 wheelchair accessible spots in the arena had already been reserved.

After his friends and family got in contact with the concert promoter, the venue eventually secured a special spot for him to view the show from the side of stage. 

Cue the tissues, because Pearl Jam then performed a special cover of The Ramone's I Believe In Miracles, before Mandel was wheeled onto the stage to share the moment with the band and the whole crowd. 

Eddie Vedder, the band's frontman said to the crowd, “He should also experience this special night. He worked his ass off to be here tonight, We love you Roland."

His wife said to a German outlet after the concert, "“It was so unbelievable. He was so excited, so positive, so full of adrenaline. This stays for eternity.”

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You can watch the heartwarming moment from the show below.