Eddie Vedder has become a cultural icon that has long surpassed the grunge era, still drawing crowds as a solo artist.
Vedder impressed Seattle musicians Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament, who invited the young singer to audition for a new band they were forming. Vedder blew the two away and they formed Temple of the Dog before forming Pearl Jam by adding on Mike McCready on guitar and Dave Krusen on drums. The band went on to be a cultural phenomenon that helped shape the music of the ‘90s. Pearl Jam sold over 30 million records in the United States and an estimated 60 million worldwide.
Known by many to be the most popular rock and roll band of the 90s, Pearl Jam stormed onto the scene with the release of Ten. With tracks like “Alive,” “Even Flow,” and “Jeremy,” the album eventually climbed all the way to #2 on the U.S. charts and went 13x Platinum. Their next album Vs. reached #1 on the charts, as did their next two in Vitalogy and No Code. All but one of Pearl Jam’s nine studio albums got into the top 2 spots on the U.S. charts.
Vedder has since started touring solo, bringing the crowds that remember the soul he brought to the stage day in and day out with Pearl Jam.