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Pearl Jam rose from the ashes of Mother Love Bone to become the most popular American rock & roll band of the '90s.AfterMother LoveBone's vocalist, Andrew Wood, overdosed on heroin in 1990, guitarist Stone Gossard and bassist JeffAmentassembled a new band,bringing in Mike McCready on lead guitar and recording a demo with Soundgarden's MattCameron ondrums. Thanks to future Pearl Jamdrummer Jack Irons, the demo found its way to a 25-year-old San Diego surfernamed EddieVedder, who overdubbed vocals and originallyrics and was subsequently invited to join the band (then christenedMookieBlaylock aft ...read more
Pearl Jam rose from the ashes of Mother Love Bone to become the most popular American rock & roll band of the '90s.AfterMother LoveBone's vocalist, Andrew Wood, overdosed on heroin in 1990, guitarist Stone Gossard and bassist JeffAmentassembled a new band,bringing in Mike McCready on lead guitar and recording a demo with Soundgarden's MattCameron ondrums. Thanks to future Pearl Jamdrummer Jack Irons, the demo found its way to a 25-year-old San Diego surfernamed EddieVedder, who overdubbed vocals and originallyrics and was subsequently invited to join the band (then christenedMookieBlaylock after the NBA player). Dave Krusen was hired as thefull-time drummer shortly thereafter, completing theoriginallineup. Renaming themselves Pearl Jam, the band recorded their debut album,Ten, in the beginning of 1991, although itwasn'treleased until August; in the meantime, the majority of the band appeared on the AndrewWood tribute project Templeof theDog. 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 receptivetoalternative rockacts. Soon, Pearl Jam outsold Nirvana, which wasn't surprising. After all, Pearl Jam fused the riff-heavystadium rock of the '70s with the gritand anger of '80s post-punk, without ever neglecting hooks and choruses;"Jeremy,""Evenflow," and "Alive" fit perfectly onto album rockradio stations looking for new blood. Pearl Jam's audiencecontinued togrow during 1992, thanks to a series of radio and MTV hits, as wellas successful appearances on the secondLollapalooza tourand the Singles soundtrack. Meanwhile, Temple of the Dog's self-titled albumbegan a platinum-selling hit,thanks to renewedinterest in the project (which, in addition to Pearl Jam, featured grunge heavyweight ChrisCornell) andstrong radio supportfor the single "Hunger Strike." Stone Gossard also embarked on a side project called Brad, whichreleasedthe album Shame inearly 1993.
Despite their status as rock & roll superstars, Pearl Jam refused to succumb to the accepted conventions of themusicindustry. The grouprefused to release any videos or singles from their second album, 1993's Vs. Nevertheless, it wasanothermulti-platinum success,debuting at number one and selling nearly a million copies in its first week of release. On theirspring1994 American tour, the band decidednot to play the conventional stadiums, choosing to play smaller arenas,includingseveral shows on college campuses. Pearl Jam canceledtheir 1994 summer tour, claiming they couldn't keep ticketpricesbelow 20 dollars because Ticketmaster was pressuring promoters tocharge a higher price. The band took Ticketmasterto theJustice Department for unfair business practices; while fighting Ticketmaster, theyrecorded a new album during thespring andsummer of 1994. After the record was completed, the group fired Dave Abbruzzese, replacinghim with former RedHot ChiliPeppers 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 asalimited vinylrelease, but the record charted in the Top 60. Once Vitalogy was available on CD and cassette, the album shottothe top of the charts andquickly went multi-platinum. Pearl Jam continued to battle Ticketmaster in 1995, but theJusticeDepartment eventually ruled in favor of theticket agency. In early 1995, the band recorded an album with NeilYoung.Meanwhile, Vedder toured with his wife Beth's experimental bandHovercraft in the spring of 1994 as Stone Gossardfoundedan independent record company. Mad Season, Mike McCready's side projectwith Layne Staley of Alice in Chains,released itsfirst album, Above, in the spring of 1995. Comprised entirely of Neil Young songs, MirrorBall appeared in thesummer underYoung's name; although the individual members of the band were credited, the name Pearl Jam did notappear onthe coverdue to legal complications. Pearl Jam released a single culled from the sessions, titled Merkinball and featuringthesongs "I GotId" 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 fairlypositivereviews anddebuted at number one, its weird amalgam of rock, worldbeat, and experimentalism dissatisfied a largeportion oftheir fan base, and itquickly fell down the charts. The record's performance was also hurt by Pearl Jam's inability tolaunch afull-scale tour, due both to theirbattle with Ticketmaster and a reluctance to spend months on the road. The bandspentmost of 1997 out of the spotlight, working on newmaterial; Gossard also released a second album with his side projectBrad,titled Interiors. By the end of the year, Pearl Jam had completeda new, harder-rocking record entitled Yield. The albumwasgreeted with enthusiastic reviews upon its February 1998 release, but itscommercial fortunes weren't quite as clearcut.While their sizable cult embraced the album, sending it to number two its first week ofrelease, Yield quickly slipped downthecharts. Pearl Jam supported the record with a full-scale arena tour in the summer of 1998, issuingthe concert LP Live onTwoLegs at the end of the year; Jack Irons did not participate due to poor health, prompting the band to bring ex-Soundgardendrummer 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,"originallyreleased as theseventh in a series of fan club-only singles that had also featured several incongruous covers in thepast.Demand from fans and radioprogrammers resulted in the nationwide release of "Last Kiss," and it eventually became theband'shighest-charting pop hit to date,peaking at number two and going gold. The group returned in 2000 with the TchadBlake-produced Binaural. In order to circumventbootleggers, their subsequent European and American tours were recorded infulland released in an unprecedented series of double-CDsets, with each of the 72 volumes featuring a complete concert. Riot Act, a muscular -- and critically lauded -- collection of new songs thatfound 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.Theywerefollowed in 2006 by the eponymous (and all-new) Pearl Jam, a number two hit on the album charts. As the band's20thanniversary loomedon the horizon, Pearl Jam launched a series of album reissues, beginning with a deluxe version of Tenin2009. That same year also saw therelease of their ninth studio album, Backspacer, which doubled as the group'sfirstindependently released project, initially appearingexclusively in Target stores in the U.S. The band supported the albumwithan extensive 2010 tour. Live on Ten Legs, a collection ofconcert highlights from 2003-2010, appeared in January 2011.Laterthat year, Vedder released a solo album of standards accompaniedonly by ukulele, and the band celebrated their two-decadeanniversary by launching a two-day festival in Wisconsin, commissioningCameron Crowe to produce a musicdocumentarynamed PJ20, and releasing a soundtrack of rare songs from the film.
In July 2013, the band announced that their tenth studio album Lightning Bolt would be released internationally on October 14, 2013, along with releasing the first single "Mind Your Manners". The second single, "Sirens", was released on September 18, 2013. After selling 166,000 copies in its first week, Lightning Bolt became Pearl Jam's fifth album to reach number one on the Billboard 200. At the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in February 2015, the album won the award for Best Recording Package. In March 2015 the band announced a nine-date tour of Latin America, scheduled to start in November.
Pearl Jam's fanbase following has been compared to that of the Grateful Dead's, with Rolling Stone magazine stating that Pearl Jam "toured incessantly and became one of rock's great arena acts, attracting a fanatical cult following with marathon, true-believer shows in the vanishing spirit of Bruce Springsteen, The Who and U2." Pearl Jam continues writing, recording and touring today, and they stand as one of America's most well known and loved bands to emerge in the past 25 years. « hide
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