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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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Theo Wargo / Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Pearl Jam, Linkin Park + More Ask Congress to Stop Gun Violence Now

The members of Pearl Jam, Linkin Park and other artists have signed an open letter to Congress seeking an end to gun violence.

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Theo Wargo / Christopher Polk / Rommel Demano, Getty Images

Pearl Jam, Linkin Park, Trent Reznor + More Call for Reform of Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Pearl Jam, Linkin Park, Trent Reznor and other acts across multiple genres have signed a petition seeking the reform of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

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David Banks, Getty Images

Eddie Vedder Rocks 2016 Hot Stove Cool Music Benefit With Chicago Cubs’ Theo Epstein

Watch Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder joined by Chicago Cubs GM Theo Epstein at the Hot Stove Cool Music benefit in Chicago.

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Photo: Melina Dellamarggio
Photo: Melina Dellamarggio

Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder Calls Out Tennessee Bathroom Bill Sponsor, Celebrates Daughter’s Birthday at Bonnaroo

Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder called out the sponsor of a controversial Tennessee bathroom bill and got the crowd involved in his daughter's birthday at Bonnaroo.

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Photo: Melina Dellamarggio
Photo: Melina Dellamarggio

Pearl Jam Play Secret Show at Jack White’s Third Man Records Store

The intimate gig was kept secret until just a few hours prior and was only open to members of Pearl Jam's 10 Club.

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YouTube

Pearl Jam’s ‘Jeremy’ Gets Cat-Centric Parody From Joey Siler of ‘Cooking Hostile’

Watch as Pearl Jam's 'Jeremy' gets parodied by Cooking Hostile's Joey Siler, giving it a cat-centric spin.

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Photo: Melina Dellamarggio
Photo: Melina Dellamarggio

Pearl Jam Play ‘Binaural’ in Full in Toronto, Welcome 10-Year-Old Guitarist in Quebec City

Pearl Jam continue to leave fans with lasting memories, playing 'Binaural' in full in Toronto and welcoming a 10-year-old guitarist to the stage in Quebec City.

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Loudwire

Pearl Jam Albums Ranked

See how we ranked Pearl Jam's studio albums from weakest to strongest.

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Photo: Melina Dellamarggio
Photo: Melina Dellamarggio

Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder Sings ‘F–k Donald Trump’ at New York City Show

On May 1, while jamming 'Wishlist,' Eddie Vedder added some political lyrics to the song, including, 'F—k Donald Trump.'

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Melina Delamarrgio, Loudwire / Tommaso Boddi / Elsa, Getty Images

Pearl Jam Welcome Cheap Trick Members + Sting During New York’s Madison Square Garden Show

Sting and Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen and Tom Petersson made guest appearances during Pearl Jam's Madison Square Garden show in New York.

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