Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam


Pearl Jam (formed 1990)
Pearl Jam are an American rock band made up of bassist Jeff Ament, guitarists Stone Gossard and Mike McCready, vocalist Eddie Vedder and drummer Matt Cameron.

Formation: Pearl Jam formed in Seattle, Washington after vocalist Andrew Wood, of Gossard and Ament's band Mother Love Bone, died from a heroin overdose. They pair sent out a demo tape to find a drummer and a singer and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Jack Irons passed it on to his friend Eddie Vedder in California. Vedder recorded his voice and lyrics over the demo and sent it back to Gossard and Ament who subsequently took him in to audition. Dave Krusen was their first drummer, and they initially named the band Mookie Blaylock after the basketball player. Their first show took place at the Off Ramp Café in Seattle and they subsequently signed to Epic Records and became Pearl Jam.

Musical career: Pearl Jam recorded their debut album 'Ten' at London Bridge Studios, Seattle in 1991. The record included singles 'Alive', 'Even Flow' and 'Jeremy', was named after Mookie Blaylock's jersey number and possessed several dark themes within it. 'Alive' looked at themes of grief and incest, while 'Jeremy' is based on a true story of a gun suicide. Soon after, drummer Krusen was replaced by Matt Chamberlain after checking into rehab. Dave Abbruzzese then replaced Chamberlain to complete a string of shows the band were performing for 'Ten'. By 1992, the album had reached number 2 in the US and was certified gold (it later reached diamond status and is one of the best-selling rock albums ever). In 1993, the band received four accolades at the MTV Video Music Awards, but went against their label and refused to make a video for their song 'Black' as Vedder felt videos took away the opportunity for listeners to create their own meaning. That year they released second album 'Vs.', to another wave of success selling 950,378 copies in its first week. It included the singles 'Go', 'Daughter', 'Animal' and 'Dissident'. The band then decided against doing any more videos, made less TV appearances and gave less interviews - they also put a cap on the ticket prices for their next tour in a bid to make their music more about their fans. In 1994, Pearl Jam embarked on a Ticketmaster boycott when they discovered the ticket sellers were adding a service charge to their show tickets, despite them trying to keep prices as low as possible. They attempted to tour without involvement with Ticketmaster but it soon failed as the sellers had contracts with pretty much every major venue. They were soon placed under investigation for their 'anticompetitive conduct', with Gossard and Ament testifying against their 'monopolistic practices'. After the case was dropped, the band's fierce boycott led them to cancel their summer tour and, as well as refusing to make videos, also refused to release singles and wanted their albums to be released solely on vinyl. Third album 'Vitalogy' was released late in 1994 after there had been much tension within the band and drummer Dave Abbruzzese was fired to be replaced by Jack Irons. The album was added to the quickly growing success of the band and included the Grammy winning song 'Spin the Black Circle' as well as 'Not for You', 'Corduroy', 'Better Man' and 'Immortality'. In 1995, they made uncredited appearances on Neil Young's album 'Mirror Ball'. Two tracks were left off the album - 'I Got Id' and 'Long Road' - but Pearl Jam later released them themselves on their EP 'Merkin Ball'. In 1996 they released album 'No Code' - an album very different from their earlier sound and one that quickly slipped down the charts after opening at number one. Two years later they returned to their old sound with 'Yield' which saw them release their first video in 8 years for 'Do the Evolution', animated by Todd McFarlane. They released a documentary about the making of the album entitled 'Single Video Theory'. In 1998, drummer Jack Irons was replaced by Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron after he became frustrated with the lack of touring due to the Tickermaster boycott. They then embarked on their first full tour in a long time after giving up on the boycott, and later released a live DVD entitled 'Live on Two Legs'. In 1999, Pearl Jam released their cover of J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers' 1960 song 'Last Kiss' with all proceeds going to the Kosovo War refugees. It reached number 2 in the charts and became their highest-charting single. In 2000, they released their sixth album 'Binaural' which was their first not to be certified Platinum. On their subsequent tour, they decided to record all their shows after noting the popularity of bootleg recordings among fans. They thus released 72 live albums between 2000 and 2001. However, their European tour saw them witness a horrific accident at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark whereby nine concert goers were crushed and smothered as fans surged to the front of the stage. The band were initially blamed for the incident and cancelled the tour's final dates. They took a year's break before releasing their album 'Riot Act' in 2002 which featured singles 'I Am Mine' and 'Save You'. One track, 'Arc', was written in tribute to those who died at Roskilde Festival. The tour for the album caused controversy when Vedder impaled a rubber mask of President George W. Bush on a mic stand after singing their anti-Bush track 'Bu$hleaguer'. In 2003, they left Epic Records with no intention of releasing on another label. They recorded their single 'Man of the Hour' for the movie 'Big Fish' at the request of director Tim Burton and later received a Golden Globe nomination. That year they also released a collection of B-sides entitled 'Lost Dogs' and a live DVD entitled 'Live at the Garden' from their Madison Square Garden show. In 2004, they released live album 'Live at Benaroya Hall' as a one album deal with BMG. The following year they embarked on a tour spanning the US, Canada and Latin America. In 2006, Pearl Jam signed with J Records and released their self-titled album. It included tracks 'World Wide Suicide', 'Life Wasted' and 'Gone'. They embarked on a worldwide tour and headlined Leeds and Reading festivals despite their concerns about what happened at Roskilde. The following year, they covered The Who's 'Love, Reign o'er Me' for the film, 'Reign Over Me' before going on their European tour and headlining Lollapalooza. 2009 saw their debut album 'Ten' reissued featuring extra re-mastered and remixed tracks and a DVD of their MTV Unplugged appearance. Director Cameron Crowe released a film entitled 'Pearl Jam Twenty' to coincide with their 20th anniversary. In 2009, the band's ninth studio album 'Backspacer' opened at number one in the charts after being released through their own label Monkeywrench Records in the US. In 2013, their released tenth studio album 'Lightning Bolt' alongside singles 'Mind Your Manners' and 'Sirens'. It also reached number one.

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Victoria Williams Launches Fundraising Campaign For Medical Expenses

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Williams is expected to make a full recovery, but her medical insurance will not cover her doctor's bill and she is now asking fans to donate to her Sweet Relief Musician's Fund.

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Pearl Jam Donate $125,000 To Help Flint Locals Amid Water Crisis

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The group's generosity has inspired executives at Republic Records, the Universal Music Publishing Group and Ticketmaster to add on an extra $175,000 (£117,000).

Officials at the United Way of Genesee County will channel the money to the Flint Water Fund, which benefits the city's ongoing drinking water contamination crisis.

Pearl Jam have also launched a Crowdrise campaign to help the people of Flint.

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Pearl Jam Joins The Line-Up For Bonnaroo's 15 Years Of Magic

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This year marks a very special year for the Bonnaroo Music And Arts Festival as it prepares to celebrate '15 Years of Magic'; an anniversary that will see more than 150 acts including an exciting headline performance from Seattle grunge band Pearl Jam and the re-united LCD Soundsystem.


In June 2016, this legendary music event will return to Great Stage Park in Manchester, Tennessee for its 15th anniversary, celebrating a successful run of all-hours entertainment which began in 2002. It's a four day event that will see a multitude of bands, musicians and comedians performing over 12 stages. It will be a thrill to see Pearl Jam return three years since the release of their number one album 'Lightning Bolt', while LCD Soundsystem - who parted ways in 2011 - have re-teamed for not only another festival run (they are also playing Coachella), but another album too.

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Pearl Jam To Headline 2016 Bonnaroo

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Last week (ends13Dec15), bassist Jeff Ament and band manager Kelly Curtis confirmed in a question-and-answer session that the band will be heading out on a U.S. tour next year (16), and they plan on making the annual Manchester, Tennessee event one of their big stops, according to Consequence of Sound.

The performance will mark their first appearance at Bonnaroo since 2008, when their set was followed by Kanye West's disastrous gig.

The Stronger rapper blamed Pearl Jam's elongated set, as well as logistical complications, for his delayed concert, which didn't start until 4.30am.

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Eddie Vedder Dedicates Roskilde Tragedy Tribute To Paris Dead

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Vedder and his band Pearl Jam were performing in Sao Paulo when the frontman addressed the tragedy from the day before (13Nov15) and dedicated Love Boat Captain to the victims.

He also changed the lyrics to reflect the Paris atrocities, and sang, "Lost 90 friends we'll never know, oh, again today", instead of, "Lost nine friends we'll never know, two years ago today".

Almost 90 music fans at an Eagles of Death Metal concert were killed on Friday night when armed terrorists stormed Paris' Bataclan theatre and opened fire. The gunmen are believed to be members of terror group ISIS.

Eddie Vedder Swears Off October Shows

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The rocker is a big fan of the Chicago Cubs, and he is devastated to be missing the prestigious sports tournament this month (Oct15) as his band has dates scheduled in South America.

Eddie has now declared he plans to impose a no-touring rule in future so he can be around to cheer on his side through the annual baseball championship.

"It's been a surprise (that the Cubs are doing so well)," Eddie tells Fox Sports Midwest. "We're touring and I have to leave before the World Series, we go down to South America. All I'm saying is that, the next few years, we're not going to play in October. This year I didn't think I'd have to worry about it!.."

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Grunge Godfathers Matt Cameron And Mark Lanegan Form Supergroup Ten Commandos

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Ten Commandos, a band that also features Soundgarden's Ben Shepherd and Queens Of The Stone Age's Alain Johannes, have announced plans to release a debut single, titled Staring Down the Dust, on 9 October (15). An album is reportedly due next month (Nov15).

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Ed Sheeran Joins Beyonce For 'Drunk In Love' Duet At 2015 Global Citizen Festival

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Ed Sheeran must have felt like he was dreaming on Saturday night, when he got to join Beyonce onstage at the 2015 Global Citizen Festival for a duet of her hit song ‘Drunk in Love’. Sheeran frequently covers the track but this was the first time he had performed his stripped down acoustic version with Queen Bey herself.

ed sheeranEd Sheeran joined Beyonce at this year’s Global Citizen Fest.

Beyonce brought out Sheeran mid-way through her set which had already included Destiny’s Child classics and a remix of ‘Crazy in Love’. But the New York crowd went wild for the Sheeran duet, which was a highlight of the already star studded festival.

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The 2015 Global Citizen Festival

Pearl Jam - The 2015 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park at Central Park - New York, New York, United States - Saturday 26th September 2015

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H+M Team Up With Coldplay + Ed Sheeran

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H&M have teamed up with Coldplay and Ed Sheeran to design t-shirts for the Global Citizen Festival.

The 'Thinking Out Loud' hitmaker and the 'A Sky Full Of Stars' singers have worked alongside the fashion retailer on the garments, which will exclusively be sold in the United States.

Ed said: ''I'm really excited to be a part of this exclusive line with H&M and Global Citizen to unite global citizens and get us a step closer to ending extreme poverty!''

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Hugh Jackman Among Hosts Of Global Citizen Festival 2015

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Hugh Jackman and Stephen Colbert have been announced as some of the big name hosts of next month’s Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park.

The Global Citizen Festival, which was launched in 2012 as part of 15 year campaign to end extreme poverty worldwide by 2030, made the announcement via its website on Thursday morning (August 13th).

Salma Hayek, Olivia Wilde, Kerry Washington and Deborra-Lee Furness, Jackman’s wife, have also been confirmed as emcees for the free-ticket event which takes place in Central Park on September 26th this year.

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Guitarist For Pearl Jam Out And About

Stone Gossard and Pearl Jam Friday 27th June 2008 guitarist for Pearl Jam out and about New York City, USA

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A Sweaty Mike McCready (of Pearl Jam) Out And About In Manhattan

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