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.
Watch Eddie Vedder Sing Pearl Jam's 'Better Man' With Post Malone
Pair also performed Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down."
Hear the Title Track to Pearl Jam's New 'Dark Matter' Album
See the cover art and track listing for the Andrew Watt-produced LP.
Pearl Jam Ex Dave Abbruzzese Recalls His Guns N' Roses Dilemma
Drummer says he couldn't go along with management's plan to let 'Chinese Democracy' fail but couldn’t tell new friend Axl Rose.
Pearl Jam's New Album Will Be ‘Heavier Than You’d Expect’
Guitarist says producer Andrew Watt pushed the band hard for 'Gigaton' follow-up.
Matt Cameron Says Pearl Jam's Next Album Is 'In the Can'
It will be their first new LP since 2020's 'Gigaton.'
30 Years Ago: Pearl Jam Gets Angry and Defiant on 'Vs.'
Selling millions of records has helped more than a few artists mellow out, but not these guys.
Jeff Ament Can't Vibe With Rockers 'David Lee Roth-ing' Onstage
Pearl Jam co-founder admits he's "never gonna be the guy blowing kisses to the crowd."
Watch Pearl Jam Close Chicago Show With a Cheap Trick Cover
Band wrapped up the first of two nights at United Center with tribute to local heroes.