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Like Nirvana, Pearl Jam came out of the early-‘90s Seattle music scene that gave birth to the decade’s alternative-rock revolution. But where Nirvana spiked their punk with classic-rock riffs, Pearl Jam sheltered their classic-rock muscle in punk-rock fury. Frontman Eddie Vedder helped the other members of the band pick up the pieces of their previous group, Mother Love Bone, after their singer died. Vedder was smarter, sharper and a better singer than most of his alt-rock peers, which helped drive their debut album, ‘Ten,’ to the top of the charts. For the next few years, Pearl Jam were untouchable, debuting at No. 1 with a string of records. But by the end of the decade, Vedder and the band started to get more contemplative, and the music turned less anthem-sized. They’ve become a more ambitious group in the process, while maintaining some of their rock ‘n’ roll toughness.

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Watch Pearl Jam Cover the Doobie Brothers’ ‘Takin’ It to the Streets’

Pearl Jam covered the Doobie Brothers hit "Takin' It to the Streets" during their stop at Madison Square Garden last night, all in the name of frontman Eddie Vedder saying happy birthday to an old friend.

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Epic

Why Pearl Jam Nearly Imploded During the Making of ‘Vitalogy’

'Vitalogy' was a pivotal album because it marked a shift in Pearl Jam's internal balance of power.

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

25 Years Ago: Pearl Jam Play Their First Show

Pearl Jam began their career as Mookie Blaylock on Oct. 22, 1990 at the Off Ramp Cafe in Seattle.

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Epic

The History of Pearl Jam’s Angry, Defiant ‘Vs.’

Selling millions of records has helped more than a few artists mellow out, but watching their debut album climb the charts only made Pearl Jam angrier.

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Roger Kisby / Mark Davis / Hulton Archive, Getty Images

Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Queens of the Stone Age Vets Collaborating as Ten Commandos

A new supergroup called Ten Commandos will include members of Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Queens of the Stone Age and others.

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Danny Clinch, PearlJam.com

Pearl Jam Reportedly Planning New Album for 2016

Pearl Jam fans may not have to wait much longer for a follow-up to the band's 2013 Lightning Bolt LP.

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Watch Guns N’ Roses and Pearl Jam Vets Team Up to Pay Tribute to Iggy Pop and the Stooges

Some of Seattle's finest got together to help raise money for a local landmark over the weekend, putting together a killer little pickup band and paying tribute to Iggy Pop and the Stooges with a one-of-a-kind rooftop concert.

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Jason Merritt / Jason Oxenham, Getty Images

Robert Plant Teases Pearl Jam About Lifting Led Zeppelin’s ‘Going to California’

It's no secret that the guys in Pearl Jam are Led Zeppelin fans, or that their 1998 single "Given to Fly" owes an obvious debt to Zeppelin's "Going to California."

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Troy Augusto, Getty Images

Revisiting the Pearl Jam Concert That Ended in Tragedy at Roskilde Festival

On June 30, 2000, every band's worst nightmare came true for Pearl Jam.

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20 Years Ago: Neil Young Teams Up With Pearl Jam for ‘Mirror Ball’

Neil Young bridged the generations when he used Pearl Jam as his backup band on 1995's 'Mirror Ball.'

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