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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 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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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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Dave Abbruzzese: Pearl Jam + the Rock Hall ‘Did Not Invite or Contact Me’ About Ceremony

In a new posting, former Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese confirms that neither the band nor the Rock Hall invited him to Pearl Jam's induction ceremony.

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Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament Shouts Out Rock Hall Omissions With T-Shirt

During Pearl Jam's Rock Hall induction, bassist Jeff Ament could be seen wearing a t-shirt listing the names of great acts still not in the Rock Hall.

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Mike Coppola, Getty Images

Pearl Jam Get Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Perform Three Classics During Ceremony

Congrats to Pearl Jam, who were officially inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Friday night (April 7).

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Pearl Jam Give Brandi Carlile’s ‘Again Today’ a Raucous Makeover

Pearl Jam give Brandi Carlile's 'Again Today' a rocking makeover for a new War Child benefit compilation.

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Ilya S. Savenok / Ethan Miller, Getty Images

David Letterman to Induct Pearl Jam Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

David Letterman was confirmed to bestow the honor upon Pearl Jam after Neil Young became unable to appear at the ceremony.

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Photo by Melina Dellamarggio / Jamie McCarthy, Getty Images

Eddie Vedder + Ex-Pearl Jam / Red Hot Chili Peppers Drummer Jack Irons Perform Pink Floyd Classic Onstage

Eddie Vedder and drummer Jack Irons reunited onstage to perform the Pink Floyd classic 'Shine on You Crazy Diamond.'

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Pearl Jam Invite All Drumming Alums to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction

Pearl Jam have invited all of their past drummers to join them at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction on April 7.

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Pearl Jam Donating Merchandising Proceeds to Planned Parenthood

Pearl Jam are currently selling limited edition t-shirts that are part of a bigger fundraising campaign for Planned Parenthood.

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