Pearl Jam have uploaded a new instrumental song by Mike McCready in honor of their late tour merchandise manager Tom Husman. Husman recently died from cancer. The song sounds like a continuation of the Mad Season sound, and is a touching tribute. A GoFundMe has also been launched for Husman’s family.
Pearl Jam also recently shared a tribute to Husman on their website from multiple employees:
What can I say about my friend Tom Husman…
I really am at a loss for words that he isn’t with us anymore. He really was one of a kind, he was always happy, he was always up for a laugh, he always wanted to put a smile on the face of everyone he held close. The world has lost one of the best. I’ll forever raise a vodka soda in your memory. RIP brother.
To an incredible friend, stand-up human being, and pure shining light in this crazy world…
You lived your life with fierce loyalty and infectious joy.
You battled your illness with an inspiring positive attitude and a continued sense of classic Husmania humor.
I can’t begin to fathom a tour without your kind heart, your unforgettable and infectious laugh, and our treasured camaraderie.
Cheers to you, my friend. I will always hold you close to my heart.
I love you, Tom Husman. ❤️
– (Evil) Sarah
Rest In Peace, Tom Husman.
I’ll never forget the nights that we were waiting on the tour bus for you to get off of work.
I would be sitting there and the first thing you would say when you got on was, “Hey Sam, love you man.” That meant so much coming from you. Love you too, bro.
Tom will be greatly missed. He was one of the good ones that always seem to go first. I consider him a touring legend – loved by all who came across him. It is a great honor to have spent some time and toured all over the world with this man.
I first met Tom in 2007 on my first 311 tour. He was handling merch for the opener, Matisyahu. He was another Ohio merch guy. We hit it off instantly and became fast friends. I had Tom fill in for me on a 311 tour in 2014 when I was working for someone else. There’s no one I trusted more to fill in for me. We fortunately got to work together again for Pearl Jam in 2014 & 2016. In hindsight, it was a true gift. Merch guys all know each other, but rarely get to work on the same tours together. We are usually solo acts. The bigger tours are an exception. There’s no one I’d rather bounce ideas off or talk shop with. I’ll miss our day off hangs, truck inventories, merch pulls for the next show during the current show, random Toledo Mud Hens games, and too many other numerous things to list. You were a gentleman, a pro in the truest sense and a great friend. Rest In Peace. You will be missed. ❤️ – Mike
I will miss you, Tom Husman. To think the first time I saw you I thought you might be a scary human being! You were one of the kindest, funniest, and most caring people I ever met. I’ll miss your laugh, your smile, your kindness. I’m glad you’re no longer suffering, but selfishly knowing the battle you waged, I want to see you in the front lounge for coffee or a bloody mary on a long Sunday drive. You were always game for a good conversation and put people at ease and created laughter. Go Tigers and Red Wings! Maybe someday our teams will be good again. You will be missed in so many ways. #FUCKCANCER
We love you, Tom Husman. Strength and light to you and your family. pic.twitter.com/0FiUgP4rTo
— Pearl Jam (@PearlJam) July 31, 2020