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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.

Selected Discography: ‘Ten’ (1992), ‘Vs.’ (1993), ‘Vitalogy’ (1994) Related Artists: Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Mother Love Bone, Nirvana, Green River, Mudhoney Further Reading: 10 Best Pearl Jam Songs Read More: Pearl Jam News

Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan Takes Shots at Pearl Jam + Foo Fighters

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Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan offered critiques of Pearl Jam and Foo Fighters while appearing on the 'Howard Stern Show.'

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Pearl Jam Welcome Chris Cornell for Temple of the Dog Classic at 2014 Bridge School Benefit

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Pearl Jam welcomed Chris Cornell to the stage at the 2014 Bridge School Benefit to reprise their Temple of the Dog favorite 'Hunger Strike.'

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Pearl Jam Rock Entire ‘Yield’ Album in Milwaukee

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After surprising fans in Moline, Ill. by performing their entire 1996 album ‘No Code,’ Pearl Jam played their 1998 album ‘Yield’ from front to back in Milwaukee.

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Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder Fulfills Promise He Made To Fan More Than 20 Years Ago

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Back in 1992, Pearl Jam fan Joe Wolfe ran into Eddie Vedder and the band at a Cincinnati, Ohio, movie theater.

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Pearl Jam and Soundgarden To Perform at 2014 Bridge School Benefit

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Pearl Jam and Soundgarden will perform at the 28th annual Bridge School Benefit on Oct. 25 and 26 at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, Calif.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith + Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard Had a ’90s Jazz Improv Group

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Though it never evolved, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith and Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard had a '90s jazz improv group called Cease and Desist.

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Favorite Pearl Jam ‘Ten’ Song – Readers Poll

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What is your favorite track off of Pearl Jam's 1991 classic, 'Ten'? Vote here.

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Pearl Jam Take on ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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Four Pearl Jam members are among the latest rockers to take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

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Pearl Jam Producer Rick Parashar Dies at 50

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Rick Parashar, who produced Pearl Jam's 'Ten' and other notable albums, has passed away at the age of 50.

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Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready to Play Grunge Classics With Seattle Symphony in January

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Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready will join the Seattle Symphony for a special January 2015 performance at Seattle's Benaroya Hall.

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