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Remembering Kimberly Rae Schaefer

March 25 2015


I Didn't Know Kimberly Rae Schaefer 


I'm the videographer for Pearl Jam. I've been fortunate to work with them for many years. During those years, I've worked & filmed during some pretty amazing moments. Moments when the band and crowd connect - and in that instant, it's more than just another concert. It becomes an event. A special memory. 


After the 2000 tour, when we decided to try to make a concert DVD, we sat around and tried to figure out how to do that. Would it be one show from one city? Would it be a best-of? 


The one constant in all those discussions was the song "Given to Fly" from the October 11, 2000 show in St. Louis, Missouri. Something special happened during that song that night. Something that stuck in all our minds after filming all those different shows. 


"We have to use the footage of the woman doing the sign language interpretations!!" 


When Eddie noticed her and mentioned it from stage, and then went over and helped her up onto the side of the stage, it started this moment that has become transcendent in Pearl Jam history. 


It's my favorite part of touring band. It's the song I get more comments on than anything else about that DVD, when I meet fans or talk to people about that. 


Pretty powerful stuff to be able to do your job with such love & passion that you inspire a bunch of people that are able to hear just fine. I can only imagine the joy Kim must have given the people with hearing loss, as she did her job. 


I never knew Kimberly Rae Schaefer but she touched my life in a way I will never forget. 15 years on, and it's as clear as yesterday... 


Thank you Kim! 
Job well done! 


-Kevin Shuss, Pearl Jam Videographer and Archivist