'Given to fly': Pearl Jam bassist helps Lodge Grass and Hardin open skateparks

Jake Iverson

Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament throws his fists in the air after cutting the ribbon at the Hardin Skatepark Grand Opening at Wilson Park on Saturday, Oct. 29. Ament’s Montana Pool Service funded the skatepark.

AMY LYNN NELSON Billings Gazette

Jeff Ament gets recognized wherever he goes.

That’s expected. Ament is the bassist for Pearl Jam. As one of the founding members of the grunge heavyweights, he’s sold around 85 million records worldwide. He plays to audiences of tens of thousands of people who can scream along to every B-side and album cut. Ament and his bandmates were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.

When Ament was in Lodge Grass and Hardin for the opening of two new skateparks last weekend, he was mobbed. Or as mobbed as one can be in towns so small they couldn’t fill the audience at any Pearl Jam show since 1991.

But the kids who requested autographs weren’t holding “Ten” on vinyl or copies of Rolling Stone. They wanted Ament to sign their skateboards.

That’s because for

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