Pearl Jam

Formed 1990.
Pearl Jam

Biography

Pearl Jam is an American rock band that formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1990. Since its inception, the band's line-up has included Stone Gossard (guitar), Jeff Ament (bass), Mike McCready (guitar), and Eddie Vedder (vocals). The band's fifth and current drummer is Matt Cameron, of Soundgarden, who has been with the band since 1998.

Formed after the demise of Gossard and Ament's previous band, Mother Love Bone, Pearl Jam broke into the mainstream with its debut album, Ten, in 1991. One of the key bands of the grunge movement in the early 1990s, over the course of the band's career, its members became noted for their refusal to adhere to traditional music industry practices, including refusing to make music videos, giving interviews and engaging in a much-publicized boycott of Ticketmaster. In 2006, Rolling Stone described the band as having "spent much of the past decade deliberately tearing apart their own fame."

To date, the band has sold more than 31.5 million records in the U.S, and an estimated 60 million worldwide. Pearl Jam has outlasted and outsold many of its contemporaries from the alternative rock breakthrough of the early 1990s, and is considered one of the most influential bands of the decade. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic referred to Pearl Jam as "the most popular American rock & roll band of the '90s."

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  1. Review of Live on Ten Legs

    Live on Ten Legs 2011

    Reviewed by Greg Moffitt
    Huge crowds, quality performances and emotionally charged selections.
  2. Review of Backspacer

    Backspacer 2009

    Reviewed by Andrzej Lukowski
    It’s great to hear these troubled souls finally having a blast.
  3. Review of Ten: Deluxe Edition

    Ten: Deluxe Edition 2009

    Reviewed by Ian Wade
    The remastered album offers up a far rawer and pleasing sound
  4. Review of Pearl Jam

    Pearl Jam 2006

    Reviewed by Dan Tallis
    You could be forgiven for thinking you'd stumbled across the latest batch of...
  5. Review of Riot Act

    Riot Act 2002

    Reviewed by Catherine Chambers
    Riot Act reaffirms Pearl Jam's place in rock: not so much grunge survivors as...