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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Pearl Jam singer recalls the Who guitarist’s advice after nine fans died at festival.
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Money went to touring companies to help crew members who lost work due to COVID-19 pandemic.
20 Years Ago: Pearl Jam Concert Tragedy Leaves 9 Dead, 26 Injured
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Pearl Jam Envision Climate Destruction in 'Retrograde' Video
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20 Years Ago: Pearl Jam Change Direction on 'Nothing as It Seems'
Band threw rock radio audiences a curveball with the lead single from 'Binaural.'
Pearl Jam Plot Pre-'Gigaton' Theater Show With SiriusXM, Pandora
Band's SiriusXM station will broadcast concert live, followed by pre-release stream of new LP.