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Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam rose from the ashes of Mother Love Bone to become the most popular American rock & roll band of the '90s. After Mother Love Bone's vocalist, Andrew Wood, overdosed on heroin in 1990, guitarist Stone Gossard and bassist Jeff Ament assembled a new band, bringing in Mike McCready on lead guitar and recording a demo with Soundgarden's Matt Cameron on drums. Thanks to future Pearl Jam drummer Jack Irons, the demo found its way to a 25-year-old San Diego surfer named Eddie Vedder, who overdubbed vocals and original lyrics and was subsequently invited to join the band (then christened Mookie Blaylock after the NBA player). Dave Krusen was hired as the full-time drummer shortly thereafter, completing the original lineup. Renaming themselves Pearl Jam, the band recorded their debut album, Ten, in the beginning of 1991, although it wasn't released until August; in the meantime, the majority of the band appeared on the Andrew Wood tribute project Temple of the Dog. Krusen left the band shortly after the release of Ten; he was replaced by Dave Abbruzzese.

Ten didn't begin selling in significant numbers until early 1992, after Nirvana made mainstream rock radio receptive to alternative rock acts. Soon, Pearl Jam outsold Nirvana, which wasn't surprising. After all, Pearl Jam fused the riff-heavy stadium rock of the '70s with the grit and anger of '80s post-punk, without ever neglecting hooks and choruses; "Jeremy," "Evenflow," and "Alive" fit perfectly onto album rock radio stations looking for new blood. Pearl Jam's audience continued to grow during 1992, thanks to a series of radio and MTV hits, as well as successful appearances on the second Lollapalooza tour and the Singles soundtrack. Meanwhile, Temple of the Dog's self-titled album became a platinum-selling hit, thanks to renewed interest in the project (which, in addition to Pearl Jam, featured grunge heavyweight Chris Cornell) and strong radio support for the single "Hunger Strike." Stone Gossard also embarked on a side project called Brad, which released the album Shame in early 1993.

Despite their status as rock & roll superstars, Pearl Jam refused to succumb to the accepted conventions of the music industry. The group refused to release any videos or singles from their second album, 1993's Vs. Nevertheless, it was another multi-platinum success, debuting at number one and selling nearly a million copies in its first week of release. On their spring 1994 American tour, the band decided not to play the conventional stadiums, choosing to play smaller arenas, including several shows on college campuses. Pearl Jam canceled their 1994 summer tour, claiming they couldn't keep ticket prices below 20 dollars because Ticketmaster was pressuring promoters to charge a higher price. The band took Ticketmaster to the Justice Department for unfair business practices; while fighting Ticketmaster, they recorded a new album during the spring and summer of 1994. After the record was completed, the group fired Dave Abbruzzese, replacing him with former Red Hot Chili Peppers and Eleven drummer Jack Irons.

Vitalogy, the band's third album, appeared at the end of 1994. For the first two weeks, the album was only available as a limited vinyl release, but the record charted in the Top 60. Once Vitalogy was available on CD and cassette, the album shot to the top of the charts and quickly went multi-platinum. Pearl Jam continued to battle Ticketmaster in 1995, but the Justice Department eventually ruled in favor of the ticket agency. In early 1995, the band recorded an album with Neil Young. Meanwhile, Vedder toured with his wife Beth's experimental band Hovercraft in the spring of 1994 as Stone Gossard founded an independent record company. Mad Season, Mike McCready's side project with Layne Staley of Alice in Chains, released its first album, Above, in the spring of 1995. Comprised entirely of Neil Young songs, Mirror Ball appeared in the summer under Young's name; although the individual members of the band were credited, the name Pearl Jam did not appear on the cover due to legal complications. Pearl Jam released a single culled from the sessions, titled Merkinball and featuring the songs "I Got ID" and "Long Road," during the fall of 1995.

In late summer of 1996, Pearl Jam released their fourth album, No Code. Although the album was greeted with fairly positive reviews and debuted at number one, its weird amalgam of rock, worldbeat, and experimentalism dissatisfied a large portion of their fan base, and it quickly fell down the charts. The record's performance was also hurt by Pearl Jam's inability to launch a full-scale tour, due both to their battle with Ticketmaster and a reluctance to spend months on the road. The band spent most of 1997 out of the spotlight, working on new material; Gossard also released a second album with his side project Brad, titled Interiors. By the end of the year, Pearl Jam had completed a new, harder-rocking record entitled Yield. The album was greeted with enthusiastic reviews upon its February 1998 release, but its commercial fortunes weren't quite as clear cut. While their sizable cult embraced the album, sending it to number two its first week of release, Yield quickly slipped down the charts. Pearl Jam supported the record with a full-scale arena tour in the summer of 1998, issuing the concert LP Live on Two Legs at the end of the year; Jack Irons did not participate due to poor health, prompting the band to bring ex-Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron back into the fold.

In 1999, Pearl Jam scored an unlikely pop radio smash with their cover of the J. Frank Wilson oldie "Last Kiss," originally released as the seventh in a series of fan club-only singles that had also featured several incongruous covers in the past. Demand from fans and radio programmers resulted in the nationwide release of "Last Kiss," and it eventually became the band's highest-charting pop hit to date, peaking at number two and going gold. The group returned in 2000 with the Tchad Blake-produced Binaural. In order to circumvent bootleggers, their subsequent European and American tours were recorded in full and released in an unprecedented series of double-CD sets, with each of the 72 volumes featuring a complete concert. Riot Act, a muscular -- and critically lauded -- collection of new songs that found the group dabbling in experimental art rock, was released in 2002.

Two anthologies arrived in 2003 and 2004, Lost Dogs: Rarities and B Sides and Rearviewmirror: Greatest Hits 1991-2003. They were followed in 2006 by the eponymous (and all-new) Pearl Jam, a number two hit on the album charts. As the band's 20th anniversary loomed on the horizon, Pearl Jam launched a series of album reissues, beginning with a deluxe version of Ten in 2009. That same year also saw the release of their ninth studio album, Backspacer, which doubled as the group's first independently released project, initially appearing exclusively in Target stores in the U.S. The band supported the album with an extensive 2010 tour. Live on Ten Legs, a collection of concert highlights from 2003-2010, appeared in January 2011. Later that year, Vedder released a solo album of standards accompanied only by ukulele, and the band celebrated their two-decade anniversary by launching a two-day festival in Wisconsin, commissioning Cameron Crowe to produce a music documentary named PJ20, and releasing a soundtrack of rare songs from the film. Shortly thereafter, the band went back into the studio with Brendan O'Brien to start work on the follow-up to Backspacer. The resulting album, Lightning Bolt, was announced in July 2013 with the release of the raw single "Mind Your Manners." A darker album, with longer songs than its short, sharp predecessor, and bearing the influence of both Pink Floyd and punk, Lightning Bolt appeared in October 2013. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Track List: Vs. & Vitalogy 3 Cd Deluxe Edition (Featuring Live At The Orpheum, Boston Ma)

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Track List: Live At The Gorge 05/06

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Track List: Brother (Radio Single)

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Track List: Love, Reign O'er Me (Radio Single)

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Track List: Mind Your Manners (Single)

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Track List: Sirens (Single)

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Track List: The Fixer (Radio Single)

Comments

Is there any better
Such a jammin a** song!
ebeets1
Their PC BS will dissuade me from paying the jumped up ticket prices to see them on their current tour. Irony. Does anyone remember the 90's when these guys boycotted ticketmaster for their high ticket prices? Sigh. They have some great music, but they have sold out all the same. The anti-war and anti-gun rants alone are so textbook and unoriginal.
Echo echoes
Fav of mine
kaitlynnordm a n 9 8
I love pearl jam I love them so much
luckyheartz7 7
Heard so many bands but I can hear Pearl Jam No matter where I am can to back in time. Timeless<3<3 < 3
Eddies solo shows are just unbelievable . Especially when you get to sing 2 songs on stage with him. ;)
Great Band of the 90's and love Eddie's solo musical soundscapes of cinema...Sto n e G's musical resume is impressive and I have always supported these guys and this band, however; some of the bands openly vocal anti gun stance fits too perfect with misinformed liberal debutantes.. . s h u t the f**k up with your quasi I give a f**k bullshit!!!
Pearl jam makes me feel like I'm young again in the good ole days...best band ever period.eddie s voice is so haunting but also comforting.. . . t h e y helped my bro gt through Iraq so thanks guys!!!
jtny786
Love this Pearl Jam. Listening to Black (Live). I was born with elvis, james brown, old school. Grew up with the beatles , the stones, jimi, led zepplin, the doors. Listened to r&b, soul, & old rock and roll, so i had only heard the name pearl jam. My loss, but better late than never! These guys are great.
No doubt best band in the world. I just love Pealr Jam, can't get tired of listening to thrm
luckyheartz7 7
Love Pearl Jam. The words alone with heart makes them timeless<3<3 < 3
Vedder could sing the alphabet and it would be amazing!! did anyone else see when he sang Comfortably Numb with Roger Waters at the Hurricane Sandy fundraiser concert?! it was incredible! youtube it if you haven't. you won't regret it.
BEST. BAND. EVER. Period.
I know they say not to drink paint, but this s**t is delicious. Dapper Dan is my favorite.
Love Pearl Jam
Fated commenting
Noah sucks if you now punch 10 year old live in Edison nj
seen Pearl Jam at Voodoo Fest... they were awesome...
Awesome song
seanjenk
Still one of my favs.
luckyheartz7 7
All five horizons <3<3<3
This is one of the best songs EVER!!!!!!!! ! ! It's about tripping balls. Lol
Eddie Vedders voice is ❤_____❤
This has to be the worst song on the entire planet.
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Ten was great, but everything since that album sucks. Alice in Chains blows away Pearl Jam, without even trying.
luckyheartz7 7
You will be a star<3<3<3
Pearl Jam performed the Idina Menzel song from Frozen "Let It Go" at their Friday night concert in Milan, weaving it into Daughter.
rrtfrggz, f**k no pearl jam is f**king awesome grunge
Pearl jams gay look it up its in the dictionary
everything after YIELD is pretty poor (except the into the wild soundtrack)
I'm 102 years old and I HATE this new fangled music!
I love me some Pearl Jam!!!♡:-)
I am haunted by this song that evoked a strange part of my past.
Very heart felting. You guys rock.
I did course at uni called 'what's better, the film adaptation or the book?'. The answer was .... They can't be compared; 2 different mediums' interpretati o n s . However, Nirvana is the book :))
I wish I could high five the guy below me. Pearl Jam is the best!
dvtejera
Pearl jam rules over Nirvana
cjmelheim
The performance on Seth made turn here for more
reminds me of high school...... grunge days
hjmunson
I hate this
kymbottorff
Love there music, they rock!
❤❤Pearl Jamm❤❤follow 4 f o l l o w N i r v a n a Station❤❤
drtaki
@campbellbet t y 1 0 So is most of the band now.... :)
awesome
wow...these guys are really getting in my head.....lis t e n e d to them on an alternative station the other night....gre a t for doing art work to. A constant flow of depth
grim.morrow8 7
Igr234... We are all now dumber for having read your posts... I award you no points...and may God have mercy on your soul.
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