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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.

   
Eddie Vedder

Watch Eddie Vedder Perform ‘Better Man’ on ‘Late Show With David Letterman’

Eddie Vedder was on CBS' Late Show With David Letterman last night (May 18) and performed the Pearl Jam hit “Better Man” for the host and his audience.

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Comcast

Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder Sings ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame’ at Chicago Cubs Game

Watch as the Pearl Jam vocalist belts out the popular 7th Inning Stretch song.

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Toni Wood
Photo credit: Meegan M. Reid

Pearl Jam Raise $76,000 to Buy Home For Late Mother Love Bone Frontman’s Mom

The Mom of late Mother Love Bone frontman Andrew Wood was living in a broken down mobile home, so Stone Gossard led the charge to buy Toni Wood a new place.

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Citizen Dick
Legacy Recordings

Pearl Jam ‘Singles’ Band Citizen Dick to Issue Record Store Day Vinyl

Citizen Dick, the fictional band from 'Singles' featuring members of Pearl Jam, will release "Touch Me I'm Dick' on Record Store Day.

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Pearl Jam

Why Are Pearl Jam So Angry?

Why are Pearl Jam so angry in their new publicity photo? We think we know why.

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Arrest Warrant Issued for Former Pearl Jam Drummer Dave Abbruzzese

The drummer is a wanted man in Texas for possession of a controlled substance.

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil: Pearl Jam Was the Only Big Seattle Band That Didn’t ‘Borrow From Us’

In a new interview, Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil takes ownership of the Seattle grunge guitar style.

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Frank Micelotta, Getty Images / Jason Oxenham, Getty Images / Kevin Winter, Getty Images
Frank Micelotta, Getty Images / Jason Oxenham, Getty Images / Kevin Winter, Getty Images

No Nirvana, No Pearl Jam, No Soundgarden: Radio Station Bans Seattle Bands Ahead of NFL Playoff

94.5 the Lake has announced their ‘Say No to Seattle’ campaign, during which they won’t play any music from bands who hail from Seattle.

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

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

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Temple of the Dog
YouTube

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

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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