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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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Eddie Vedder Reportedly Pays $28K to Continue Performing After Curfew, Recalls Being Punched by Paul McCartney

At a solo show in Dublin, Eddie Vedder went past curfew, but he reportedly signed a €25,000 (approx. $28,000) check to complete his set.

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Mike Coppola, Getty Images

Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready: Dave Abbruzzese ‘Should’ve Been Part’ of Band’s Rock Hall Induction

In a new interview, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready says he feels that drummer Dave Abbruzzese should have been part of the band's Rock Hall induction.

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Eddie Vedder on Chris Cornell: ‘He Was Someone I Looked Up to Like My Older Brother’

After remaining silent on Chris Cornell's death, Eddie Vedder opened up about his fallen friend at a concert in England.

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Jeff Ament / Chris Cornell
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Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament: Chris Cornell Was the ‘Greatest Songwriter to Come Out of Seattle’

Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament has spoken out on the death of Chris Cornell, calling the Soundgarden frontman, 'The greatest songwriter to come out of Seattle.'

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Eddie Vedder Performs First Shows Since Chris Cornell’s Passing, Offers Subtle Tributes

Over the weekend Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder kicked off a European solo tour with a pair of shows in Amsterdam in which he subtly paid tribute to Chris Cornell.

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready: ‘Chris Cornell Means a Lot to Me Today’

In a new interview, Pearl Jam + Temple of the Dog's Mike McCready reflects on Chris Cornell's life and role in his career.

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Mike Coppola / Andrew Chin, Getty Images

Eddie Vedder Joins U2 for ‘Mothers of the Disappeared’ at Seattle Concert

Watch as Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder makes a guest appearance on 'Mothers of the Disappeared' at U2's Seattle concert.

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David Banks, Getty Images

Watch Eddie Vedder Cover Aerosmith, The Who + More at ‘Hot Stove Cool Music’ Benefit

Eddie Vedder enjoyed a return engagement to the 'Hot Stove Cool Music' benefit over the weekend, playing a mix of covers and Pearl Jam favorites.

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Jason Oxenham, Getty Images

Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder to Perform at 2017 Bourbon and Beyond Festival

Get ready for the Bourbon and Beyond Festival with performances from Eddie Vedder, the Steve Miller Band and more!

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Republic

Pearl Jam and Ticketmaster’s Parent Company Reportedly Form an Unlikely Union in Seattle

The once famous foes Pearl Jam and Ticketmaster are apparently coming together to help renovate Seattle's KeyArena.

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