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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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YouTube

Pearl Jam Welcome Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kings of Leon Members for Concert Supergroup

Watch as Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith and Josh Klinghoffer and Kings of Leon's Nathan Followill join Pearl Jam onstage in New Orleans.

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YouTube: Smozilla

Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder Sings ‘Happy Birthday’ to His Mom Onstage

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder might has missed his mom's birthday, but he made it up to her as the crowd joined him in singing 'Happy Birthday' to her.

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Jesse Grant / Theo Wargo / Chelsea Lauren, Getty Images

Chris Cornell, Pearl Jam Pay Musical Tributes to Prince

Chris Cornell and Pearl Jam have offered tributes to the late legend Prince in musical form.

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Samir Hussein, Getty Images

Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder Covers ‘Batman’ Theme Song With 7-Year-Old Daughter

Pear Jam frontman Eddie Vedder and his seven-year-old daughter Harper covered the 'Batman' theme songs together.

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Monkeywrench

Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder Explains North Carolina Boycott Over Transgender Legislation

During the band's Monday show in Hampton, Va., Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder addressed the audience, telling them why they decided to boycott their Raleigh show.

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Republic

Pearl Jam Cancel North Carolina Show Over HB2 Legislation

Pearl Jam are bowing out of their Raleigh show over North Carolina's HB2 legislation.

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Pearl Jam Play ‘Vs’ Album in Full During South Carolina Concert

After a show opening performance of 'Corduroy,' the band started to reveal their plan to play the 'Vs.' album in full.

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Jason Oxenham, Getty Images

Pearl Jam Offer Limited Edition Earplugs for Upcoming Shows

Pearl Jam are offering up limited edition earplugs for their tour in order to promote hearing health.

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Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament on 25 Years as a Band: ‘It’s Just Gotten Better and Better’

Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament reflects on reaching 25 years as a band and discusses the status of plans for the band's next album.

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Vimeo: George Stimson

Eddie Vedder Performs at Former High School, Pearl Jam Ink New Worldwide Distribution Deal

Eddie Vedder took the stage at his old high school for a benefit. Meanwhile the singer and Pearl Jam's catalog will be distributed through Universal worldwide.

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