PEARL JAM EXPERIENCE:
Members: Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Matt Cameron
Genre: Alternative Rock, Grunge
Hometown: Seattle, Washington
Awards: 5 American Music Awards, 1 Grammy, 4 MTV Music Awards
Albums: Ten (1991), Vs. (1993), Vitalogy (1994), No Code (1996), Yield (1998), Binaural (2000), Riot Act (2002), Pearl Jam (2006), Backspacer (2009)
Hits: "Jeremy," "Daughter," "Given to Fly", "Last Kiss", "World Wide Suicide"
An enduring relic of the 1990s grunge movement to some, and a matured band or rock stalwarts to others, Pearl Jam has drawn the attention of casual radio-listeners and disciples of music alike.
Pearl Jam was formed in Seattle, Washington in 1990. Its members - singer Eddie Vedder, lead guitarist Mike McCready, bassist Stone Gossard, rhythm guitarist Stone Gossard and current drummer Matt Cameron, who joined in 1998 - are most recognizable cloaked by the long hair, plaid and torn denim characteristic of their era and musical style.
Early in their career, the band members joined Nirvana as the one of the leaders of the Seattle grunge scene. Although Pearl Jam had been labeled as a corporate sell-out of sorts early in the grunge movement, the band's frosty relationship with the music industry during its lengthy career clarified any misconceptions music fans may have had about the musician's true aspirations.
While Nirvana may have ruled the 1990's, Pearl Jam has since become the bearers of the grunge music torch. Since the band formed, it has sold more than thirty million records in the U.S. alone and about 60 million worldwide.
The group's appeal stems mainly from the stage presence and rich, deep vocals of frontman Eddie Vedder. With a mane of flowing hair trailing him and the crumpled patchwork of a plaid shirt draped over his shoulders, Vedder becomes a rock icon when he straps on his guitar and roars Pearl Jam's hits into the microphone. Capable of shattering the air with high pitched yelps and gently crooning over acoustic guitar, the versatile lead singer makes Pearl Jam a sight to behold when they take the stage.
It didn't take long for the world to appreciate the attitude and tunes of the Seattle band. In August 1991, the band launched their debut album Ten, a darkly harmonic collection influenced by both anthem metal and classic rock. Containing hits like "Alive," "Even Flow," and "Jeremy," the album launched Pearl Jam into the limelight.
Two years later, the album Vitalogy - which included "Cordury," "Better Man," and "Not for You" - became the second fastest-selling record on music history, with more than 877,000 units sold in its first week.
Pearl Jam has not slowed down. In September 2009, the band released its ninth studio album, Backspacer, and the single, "The Fixer."
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