Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam


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Pearl Jam was formed by Stone Gossard, Mike McCready, and Jeff Ament in 1990. They recruited Eddie Vedder, who was given a demo by former Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Jack Irons, on lead vocals and Dave Krusen on drums. They signed with Epic Records. Krusen would quit…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Pearl Jam's first ever tour was opening for The Red Hot Chili Peppers, alongside The Smashing Pumpkins, and later Nirvana.

    • Pearl Jam were the highest selling American rock band of the '90s.

    • The band's third album, "Vitalogy" has been certified 5x platinum by the RIAA.

    • Pearl Jam's sophomore has been certified 7x Platinum by the RIAA.

    • The song "Life Wasted" from the 2006 album Pearl Jam was featured on the X-Box 360 version of Guitar Hero 2.

    • Pearl Jam and Neil Young's song Long Road featured on an episode of Scrubs.

    • The song "Even Flow" is featured in the video game Guitar Hero 3.

    • The song Inside Job contains a short hidden track that starts at 6:35 and ends at 7:06.

    • Pearl Jam played on the Neil Young album Mirror Ball.

    • Pearl Jam's latest studio album, which was self-titled, reached No. 2 on the Billboard album charts.

    • Pearl Jam have sold about 29 million records in the U.S. alone.

    • Pearl Jam are the last of the "Big Four" Seattle grunge bands to still record together.

    • Every Pearl Jam studio album has entered the top ten on the Billboard 200 album chart.

    • The lyrics to the song "Army Reserve" from their eponymous album were co-written by infamous criminal Damien Echols.

    • Pearl Jam's Ten has sold more copies than Nirvana's Nevermind and has been certified a Diamond Record by the RIAA.

    • Pearl Jam are one of the "big four" bands of Seattle Grunge music along with Nirvana, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains.

    • The guitar solos from "Alive" (from Ten) and "Yellow Ledbetter" (from the Jeremy single) were featured on Guitar World's reader's poll of the 100 Greatest Guitar Solos.

    • Guitarist Stone Gossard and bassist Jeff Ament were members of seminal Grunge group, Green River, with future members of the band Mudhoney, Mark Arm and Steve Turner.

    • On March 13 1992 in Munich, Germany, Pearl Jam played their debut album, Ten, in its entirety and in the same order.

    • As of at least 2007, Pearl Jam hold the record for the most albums on the Billboard 200 album chart simultaneously.

    • The name of Pearl Jam's first album, Ten, was named after then-active NBA player, Mookie Baylock.

    • Vocalist Eddie Vedder uses the pseudonym "Jerome Turner" for his non-musical contributions to albums (artwork etc.).

    • Bassist Jeff Ament is the only member that does not live in Seattle. He resides in Montana.

    • In a 2005 USA Today readers poll, Pearl Jam was voted the greatest American rock band of all time.

    • The song Black from the album Ten reached #3 on the U.S. Mainstream Rock chart in 1993 despite never being released as a single.

    • Guitarist Mike McCready suffers from Crohn's Disease.

    • One of their drummers, Jack Irons, was the original drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He quit the Red Hot Chili Peppers when original guitarist, Hillel Slovak, died.

    • Their current drummer, Matt Cameron, has been with the group for more albums (three) than any other drummer.

    • Pearl Jam is #21 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artist of Hard Rock.

    • Pearl Jam has gone through 4 drummers: Dave Krusen, Matt Chamberlain, Dave Abbruzzese, and Jack Irons. Matt Cameron is the band's current drummer.

    • Kurt Cobain often attacked Pearl Jam in his interviews because he saw them as sell outs.

    • Pearl Jam was originally named Mookie Blaylock, after the bastketball player. Due to trademark concerns a new name was necessitated after signing on with Epic Records. They settled on the name Pearl Jam.

    • The first song Pearl Jam wrote as a band was 'Alive.'

  • Quotes

    • Jeff Ament: Ten years from now I don't want people to remember our songs as videos.

    • Eddie Vedder: It's easily the best stuff we've done but also some of the hardest stuff. It's very aggressive, because again, it's kind of a product of what it's like to be an American these days. It's pretty aggressive, especially when you turn it loud.

    • Mike McCready: And we're always excited to expose our music to new people to see if we can have longevity and a long career. It's heading that way.

    • Stone Gossard: We may take breaks and do other things, but we feel we'll ultimately have Pearl Jam as a family.

    • Stone Gossard: There's been a lot of role reversal going on in the band. The roles people have been playing for a long time will always be there, but everybody's willing to try on different outfits.

    • Mike McCready: When we look out in the crowd we see younger people, 15 years old and up to 50 and 60. It seems to run the whole gamut.

    • Eddie Vedder: My mind is in these songs but the fact that so many people relate to them is kind of depressing. Actually now I understand those religious channels, everyone needs something.

    • Eddie Vedder: Every time I see the Spice Girls, it makes me want to try to fly by climbing my roof and strapping bricks to my shoes.

    • Eddie Vedder: (On the song Better Man) It's dedicated to the bastard that married my Mom.

  • One of my favorites.

    Pearl Jam is one of my favorite bands, only behind Nirvana, STP, and Alice in Chains. Pearl Jam was certainly no Nirvana, but they are a very talented band. Eddie Vedder has a beautiful voice probably one of the greatest. Matt Cameron is an awesome drummer, my second favorite. Mike McCready is also a pretty good guitarist. I liked "Last Kiss" though it wasn't them originally I think they made the song a lot better. "Alive" is so far my favorite song by them. I think Pearl Jam will go on for another 10 years and stay one of the greatest bands ever.moreless
  • Pearl Jam will rock your socks.

    This band is so good, that there really are no words that can be used in order to describe them perfectly. Their lyrics are amazing such as "Jeremy" and "Alive." The instrumentals are awesome liek the guitar solos in Alive and in Black. Every aspect of the band is great. They've been my favorite band ever since I first heard them 15 years ago. They truly are the last grunge band and they are what is keeping grunge alive. They'll never sell out like Aerosmith or KISS. PJ wi8ll just keep on rockin until Eddie Vedder is too old to sing.moreless