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Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam is one of the most successful American rock bands of the last quarter century, and arguably the definitive alternative rock band of the 1990s. Although it was Nirva-na which first codified the grunge movement’s revolutionary spirit, it would be Pearl Jam among Seattle’s “Big Four” (rounded out by Soundgarden and Alice in Chains) that enjoyed the greatest longevity and broad mainstream appeal. As former members of Green River and Mother Love Bone (which broke up on the eve of their album’s release when singer Andrew Wood overdosed on heroin) guitarist Stone Gossard and bassist Jeff Ament were already veterans of the Seattle music scene when they started putting Pearl Jam together in 1990, with local recruits Mike McCready (lead guitar) and Dave Krusen (drums). But it was the discovery of a San Diego-based singer named Eddie Vedder that catalyzed Pearl Jam’s creative process and helped make 1992’s ‘Ten’ a multi-million-selling debut, almost on par with Nirvana’s genre watershed ‘Nevermind.’ Moreover, Pearl Jam immediately capitalized on their surging momentum with the following year’s equally successful ‘Vs.’ and 1994’s ‘Vitalogy’ (both featuring drummer Dave Abbruzzese), while simultaneously taking up the flag of the alternative rock nation in the wake of Kurt Cobain’s shocking suicide. But Pearl Jam themselves would soon begin chafing against their own celebrity, as though suffering from survivor’s guilt, and confused their fans with 1995’s contrarian ‘No Code’ album, before further distracting them by refusing to shoot music videos and embarking on an ill-fated crusade against the Ticketmaster behemoth. By the end of the decade, Pearl Jam’s popularity and sales figures had both cooled significantly, erstwhile Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Jack Irons had come and gone, and former Soundgarden member Matt Cameron made his debut on 2000’s ‘Binaural,’ bringing much needed stability to the ranks. Since then, Pearl Jam has carried on touring and recording into the new millennium, to the delight of their still large loyal fan base, if not the pop masses at large, and their continued respect and success even without the backing of a major label is a testament to their achievements.

   
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Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder Performs at President Obama’s Farewell Address

Before Obama took to the podium in his hometown of Chicago, fellow Chicagoan Eddie Vedder entertained the crowd with a four-song set.

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Dave Abbruzzese of Pearl Jam
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Dave Abbruzzese Takes Aim at Former Pearl Jam Bandmates Over Rock Hall ‘Injustice’

Former Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese has been vocal about his snub for the 2018 induction ceremony, now calling out his former bandmates on this issue.

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Republic
Republic

Pearl Jam Donate $70K to Man Who Saved Eddie Vedder in Boating Accident

Pearl Jam have chipped in $70,000 to a GoFundMe account set up for an ailing man who once saved Eddie Vedder's life.

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Photo: Melina Dellamarggio

Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder Donates $10,000 to Family in Need For Christmas

After reading Tyshika Britten and her kids were facing eviction and couldn’t afford Christmas gifts this year, Vedder gave $10,000 to the Maryland family.

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Dave Abbruzzese of Pearl Jam
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Former Pearl Jam Drummer Dave Abbruzzese: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Snub an ‘Absolute Travesty’

Former Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese is still wondering why he will not be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame despite his major achievements.

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Pearl Jam, Journey, Yes + More Among 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

The ballots are in, and the 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees have been revealed.

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Epic

22 Years Ago: Pearl Jam Release ‘Vitalogy’

On Dec. 6, 1994, Pearl Jam issued their chaotic third album 'Vitalogy.'

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Epic
Epic

14 Years Ago: Pearl Jam Release ‘Riot Act’

On Nov. 12, 2002, Pearl Jam used their voice more pointedly with their 'Riot Act' album.

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Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder Joins Voice of the Late Harry Caray During Chicago Cubs World Series Game 5 7th Inning Stretch

Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, a huge Chicago Cubs fan, sang 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame' with the voice of the late Harry Caray during Game 5 of the World Series.

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Dave Abbruzzese of Pearl Jam
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Ex-Pearl Jam Drummer Dave Abbruzzese Clarifies Rock Hall Snub Comments

Former Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese is irked by the way his comments about being snubbed from the Rock Hall nominee list are being perceived.

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