Pearl Jam that formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1990. Since its inception, the band's line-up has included
Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Mike McCready, and Eddie Vedder.
Also known as
Formed after the demise of Gossard and Ament's previous band, Mother Love Bone, Pearl Jam broke into
the mainstream with its debut album, Ten, in 1991. One of the key bands of the grunge movement in
the early 1990s, over the course of the band's career, its members became noted for their refusal to
adhere to traditional music industry practices, including refusing to make music videos, giving interviews
and engaging in a much-publicized boycott of Ticketmaster.
To date, the band has sold over 31.5 million records in the U.S, and an estimated 60 million worldwide.
Pearl Jam has outlasted and outsold many of its contemporaries from the alternative rock breakthrough of the early 1990s,
and is considered one of the most influential bands of the decade.
Seattle, Washington, United States
Alternative rock, grunge, hard rock
Monkeywrench, Universal Music Group, J, Epic
Green River, Soundgarden, Mother Love Bone, Temple of the Dog, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Skin Yard, Brad, Hovercraft, Three Fish, Wellwater Conspiracy, Mad Season, Neil Young, RNDM
Neil Young, The Who, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ramones, and The Rolling Stones.
When the band "Green River" (Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Mark Arm, Steve Turner, Alex Vincent) disbanded in 1987 after possibly being Seattles first grunge band. Their next project "Mother Love Bone" sparked interest but lead vocalist Andrew Wood died of an overdose, and Eddie Vedder signed on after a mutual friend (Jack Irons, Red Hot Chili Peppers) gave him a demo.
In an early promotional interview, Vedder said that the name "Pearl Jam" was a reference to his great-grandmother Pearl,
who was married to a Native American and had a special recipe for peyote-laced jam.
In a 2006 Rolling Stone cover story however, Vedder admitted that this story was total BS, even though he indeed
had a great-grandma named Pearl. Ament and McCready explained that Ament came up with "pearl", and that the band later settled on
"Pearl Jam" after attending a concert by Neil Young, in which he extended his songs as improvisations of 15-20 minutes in length
Jeff Ament - bass guitar (1990-present)
Stone Gossard - rhythm and lead guitar (1990-present)
Mike McCready - lead guitar (1990-present)
Eddie Vedder - lead vocals, rhythm guitar (1990-present)
Matt Cameron - drums (1998-present)
Dave Krusen - drums (1990-1991)
Matt Chamberlain - drums (1991)
Dave Abbruzzese - drums (1991-1994)
Jack Irons - drums (1994-1998)
Pearl Jam Quotes
These are the rich people, right?! They have all the luxuries, right?! Looks to me, they are the farthest from the stage, and they're behind a f*ckin window!
You know, I messed up in the middle of that song... You heard that? It's cause right in the middle, I had my mouth on the mic, and I realized, from the opening band, this microphone was on that @#$%& guy's penis, and his ass... and it was in my... So I got a little distracted there, sorry... (Barcelona, Spain 2000 Tour)
"Police in Roskilde have exonerated concert management and blamed an unruly audience for the deaths, but in response to reports that a preliminary investigation found the band] morally responsible, ... We feel that we are 'morally responsible' to bring out the truth with regard to what happened that night.â?
"When something this disastrous occurs, when this many lives are lost, it is essential that every aspect be examined thoroughly and from all angles, ... To date, we don't feel this has been done.â?
"it was exciting that the world was taking notice of what was happening in our backyard ? whether or not the music was the kind that I really cared for.â?
"We tried, we tried. There were so many tears shed. If you don't have either of those guys on the box, the patient is
Pearl Jam Awards
2 American Music Awards for Favorite Pop/Rock New Artist and Favorite New Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist.
4 MTV Video Music Awards including Video of the Year, Best Group Video, Best Metal/Hard Rock Video, and Best Direction (Mark Pellington)
2 American Music Awards for Favorite Alternative Artist and Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist
Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance ("Spin The Black Circle")
American Music Award for Favorite Alternative Artist