Pearl Jam Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets

24th August 2016

Fact: Rockers Pearl Jam gave gig-goers in Chicago, Illinois a performance to remember on Monday (22Aug16) after inviting basketball star and longtime fan Dennis Rodman to join them onstage during a rendition of their song Black Red Yellow. Frontman Eddie Vedder had to climb up on a stage monitor to give the towering sportsman a hug, and Rodman proceeded to pick the singer up, cradling him like a child, much to the audience's amusement.

9th July 2015

Fact: Beyonce, Coldplay and Pearl Jam have been announced as headliners for the 2015 Global Citizen Festival, joining British singer Ed Sheeran. The free concert will take place in Central Park, New York City on 26 September (15) to raise awareness for extreme poverty. It is the first event since Coldplay frontman Chris Martin was made curator.

13th May 2015

Fact: Pearl Jam star Eddie Vedder thrilled baseball fans at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois on Tuesday (12May15) when he performed the sport's seventh inning stretch anthem Take Me Out to the Ball Game during his beloved Cubs' home game against the New York Mets.

12th December 2013

Fact: Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder is heading off for a solo tour of Australia next year (14). The shows kick off in in Perth on 7 February (14) and the tour includes stops in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

22nd November 2013

Fact: Protests are planned outside the Los Angeles Sports Arena for Pearl Jam's concerts at the weekend (23-24Nov13) after union stagehands discovered their members will not be used for the shows. Officials from the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees claim that venue bosses have hired non-union workers to staff the Pearl Jam gigs.

24th October 2013

Quote: "I'm going to go to a Cubs World Series game - and I'm taking care of my health in order to do so." Pearl Jam rocker Eddie Vedder is determined to see his beloved Chicago Cubs playing for baseball's biggest prize. The last time the Cubs reached the World Series was 19 years before Vedder, 48, was born.

2nd October 2013

Quote: "I first saw the Stones in 1981, and at that point they were elder statesmen. So we're lucky to see these old poets being able to read their work in their own voice... I mean they came from the same generation that said, 'Don't trust anyone over 30'. It reminds you to be open to the possibilities." Pearl Jam star Eddie Vedder on his admiration for the Rolling Stones.

27th September 2013

Quote: "These pop songs almost feel like tabloid journalism, in a way. It's c**p that people seem to like. And I don't know if it has meaning. I don't know if one of the pop songs of the summer has any fibre in it. People are consuming it, and is it healthy?... Maybe there's some healthy property or some restorative property that I'm not receiving. It seems like it has a really high fructose content." Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder is not a fan of modern pop music.

12th July 2013

Fact: Rockers Pearl Jam will return to the charts later this year (13) with new album Lightning Bolt. The record, which will hit shelves in October (13), comes four years after the band's last offering, 2009's Backspacer.

17th April 2013

Fact: Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard is set to release his first solo album in 12 years this summer (13). Moonlander, the follow-up to 2001's Bayleaf, will feature collaborations with bandmate Matt Cameron, rocker Regan Hagar and singer/songwriter Pete Droge and will hit retailers on 25 June (13).

15th April 2013

Fact: The regrouped Nine Inch Nails and Pearl Jam will headline the 15th annual Voodoo Music & Arts Experience in New Orleans, Louisiana in November (13). The three day event (01-03 Nov13) will also feature MACklemore & Ryan Lewis, Calvin Harris, Paramore, Afrojack and The Gaslight Anthem.

9th April 2013

Fact: Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder joined Queens of the Stone Age onstage at Lollapalooza Chile at the weekend (07Apr13) and played cowbell with his pals.

13th July 2012

Fact: Pearl Jam star Stone Gossard will throw out the first pitch at Saturday's (14Jul12) Seattle Mariners baseball game as part of a tree-planting, environmental fundraiser.

16th October 2011

Fact: Rockers Pearl Jam can boast their own beer. Bosses at the Dogfish Ale Craft Brewery have created the Pearl Jam Twenty Faithfull Ale to mark the band's 20th anniversary.

15th November 2010

Fact: Pearl Jam's fan favourite cover of PiL's PUBLIC IMAGE will appear on the group's upcoming live album LIVE ON TEN LEGS.

4th November 2010

Fact: R.E.M.'s new album Collapse Into Now will feature guest spots from punk icon Patti Smith and Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder. Smith has contributed vocals to the track Blue while Vedder duets with Michael Stipe on It Happens Today.

25th October 2010

Quote: "It was 20 years ago last night that our group played our first gig... Twenty years looks pretty good." Eddie Vedder on Pearl Jam's 20th anniversary show, which took place at Neil Young's annual Bridge School Benefit concert in California on Saturday night (23Oct10).

17th October 2010

Fact: The woman behind the successful Rock-A-Bye Baby music line, which turns the hits of Pearl Jam, Black Sabbath and GUNS N' ROSES into soothing baby music, is Van Halen rocker David Lee Roth's sister Lisa.

6th May 2010

Fact: Pearl Jam star MIKE MCCREADY has created the score for hit U.S. sci-fi show Fringe's upcoming Northwest Passage episode, which airs in America on Thursday night (06May10).

6th May 2010

Fact: Rockers Pearl Jam have launched their own online radio station. Pearl Jam Radio, which is available on the group's official website, will feature the group's music, cuts from live shows and rarities.

1st May 2010

Fact: Pearl Jam's headlining performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in Louisiana on Saturday (01May10) will be broadcast live online to Louisiana National Guard soldiers serving in Iraq.

31st March 2010

Fact: Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder performed onstage with The Who at a charity concert at London's Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday (30Mar10). The gig marked the end of a series of live shows raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

28th October 2009

Fact: Rockers Pearl Jam are the latest group to be immortalised in a video game. The ALIVE hitmakers are working on their own version of musical play-along ROCK BAND, which saw sales soar with the launch of a Beatles version earlier this year (09).

28th September 2009

Quote: "We've spent the last four years thinking about this s**t. It's not like we went with Target because we liked the logo!" Pearl Jam star Jeff Ament on the band's decision to exclusively sell their new album BACKSPACER through U.S. store Target.

2nd June 2009

Fact: Rockers Pearl Jam have filmed a new TV advert for U.S. retail chain Target with Almost Famous filmmaker Cameron Crowe as director. The discount store will be among the outlets who will stock the band's upcoming album BACKSPACER. The group won't be releasing the CD - their first since the end of their 18-year Sony deal - through a traditional record label.

7th April 2009

Fact: Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder will appear as a guest on Rolling Stones star Ronnie Wood's upcoming solo album MORE GOOD NEWS.

14th January 2009

Fact: Famed British rock venue the LONDON ASTORIA will close its doors for the last time on Wednesday (14Jan09) after 32 years. The 2,000 capacity venue, which has hosted legendary shows by the Rolling Stones, U2, Nirvana, Metallica, and Pearl Jam, will be bulldozed to make way for a new rail link after a massive public campaign to save it failed.

16th November 2008

Fact: Pearl Jam star Eddie Vedder has recorded a cover of punk icon John Doe's THE GOLDEN STATE for a new EP. The track is a collaboration with CORIN TUCKER, with whom Vedder recorded HARD SUN for the Into The Wild soundtrack. The new EP features a remix, demo, a live version of the song, and the original version from John Doe's 2007 album A Year in the Wilderness.

8th July 2008

Fact: The Flaming Lips will perform a medley from rock opera TOMMY as part of The Who's VH1 Rock Honours tribute concert in Los Angeles on Saturday (12Jul08). Foo Fighters and Pearl Jam will also perform classic The Who tracks as part of the show.

26th March 2008

Fact: Pearl Jam star Eddie Vedder has written the foreword to rocker Pete Townshend's higly-anticipated new biography, WHO ARE YOU: THE LIFE OF PETE TOWNSHEND.

16th August 2007

Fact: Rockers Pearl Jam are set to wow fans with new DVD IMMAGINE IN CORNICE, which combines footage taken from five Italian concerts in 2006.

3rd April 2007

Fact: Pearl Jam have confirmed their only US appearance of the year (07) at the Lollapalooza festival's stop at Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois on 5 August (07).

10th January 2007

Fact: Rockers Pearl Jam have recorded a cover of The Who's LOVE REIGN O'ER ME for the upcoming Adam Sandler movie REIGN OVER ME. The track was also released exclusively to fans as a Christmas (06) gift from the group's fansite.

12th October 2006

Fact: A new book of never-before-seen photographs of Pearl Jam, with accompanying essays written by Bruce Springsteen, Pete Townshend, Michael Stipe, Ben Harper, Cameron Crowe and Tim Robbins, is released this week (begs09OCT06) and can be bought from the band's website.

30th August 2006

Fact: The Strokes have recorded a cover of Marvin Gaye's MERCY MERCY ME with Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme as a B-side to their new single YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE.

20th July 2006

Fact: Today (20JUL06) is a big day for landmark rock birthdays - BETTE DAVIS EYES singer KIM CARNES turns 60, SEX PISTOL PAUL COOK celebrates his 50th year and Pearl Jam star STONE GOSSARD welcomes his 40s.

20th June 2006

Quote: "You can imagine what kind of foetal position I was in. I just remember thinking that there was no other way out." Rocker Eddie Vedder on how he struggled with life after nine Pearl Jam fans were trampled to death at the 2000 Roskilde Festival in Denmark.

20th June 2006

Quote: "I miss him. There are a lot of times when we're passing around a guitar, around a campfire or something, and I just think, like, he'd be right there with us. I think about him all the time." Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder talks about his former grunge rival Kurt Cobain.

27th May 2006

Fact: Pearl Jam will donate one dollar from every ticket purchased for their Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, concert tonight (27MAY06) to the non-profit Innocence Project, which rallies to help free wrongfully-jailed people.

7th May 2006

Quote: "The crowds are much more dangerous, because of the germs and bacteria." Pearl Jam rocker Eddie Vedder insists crowd surfing is more dangerous than ever.

22nd April 2006

Quote: "Bob passed on a few lessons to me... 'Don't read anything in the paper, don't watch TV. Get away.'" Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder remembers pearls of wisdom he was given by Bob Dylan at the beginning of his career.

10th September 2005

Fact: <p>Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Coldplay have been added to tonight's (10SEP05) MTV telethon, ReACT. The stars will perform during a four-hour benefit show that will air on all MTV and related networks. </p>

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