39 Facts About Pearl Jam


Pearl Jam is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1990.

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Pearl Jam had sold more than 85million albums worldwide by 2018, including nearly 32million albums in the United States by 2012, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time.

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Pearl Jam was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017 in its first year of eligibility.

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Pearl Jam listened to the tape shortly before going surfing, where lyrics came to him.

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Pearl Jam then recorded the vocals to three of the songs in what he later described as a "mini-opera" entitled Momma-Son.

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Pearl Jam entered Seattle's London Bridge Studios in March 1991 to record its debut album, Ten.

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In 1992, Pearl Jam made television appearances on Saturday Night Live and MTV Unplugged and took a slot on that summer's Lollapalooza tour with Ministry, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Soundgarden, among others.

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Pearl Jam headed into the studio in early 1993 facing the challenge of following up the commercial success of its debut.

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Pearl Jam was outraged when, after it played a pair of charity benefit shows in Chicago, Illinois, it discovered that ticket vendor Ticketmaster had added a service charge to the tickets.

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Pearl Jam was committed to keeping their concert ticket prices down but Fred Rosen of Ticketmaster refused to waive the service charge.

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Pearl Jam's manager said he was gratified that Congress recognized the problem as a national issue.

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Pearl Jam wrote and recorded while touring behind Vs and the majority of the tracks for Vitalogy were recorded during breaks on the tour.

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Pearl Jam was replaced by Jack Irons, who had connected Vedder to the rest of the band some four years prior.

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In 1998, Pearl Jam recorded "Last Kiss", a cover of a 1960s ballad made famous by J Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers.

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Pearl Jam decided to record every show on its 2000 Binaural Tour professionally, after noting the desire of fans to own a copy of the shows they attended and the popularity of bootleg recordings.

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Pearl Jam originally intended to release them to only fan club members, but the band's record contract prevented it from doing so.

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Pearl Jam released all of the albums in record stores as well as through its fan club.

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Pearl Jam commenced work on a new album following a year-long break after its full-scale tour in support of Binaural.

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In June 2003, Pearl Jam announced it was officially leaving Epic Records following the end of its contract with the label.

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In 2004, Pearl Jam released the live album, Live at Benaroya Hall, through a one-album deal with BMG.

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Pearl Jam played a show at Easy Street Records in Seattle in April 2005; recordings from the show were compiled for the Live at Easy Street album and released exclusively to independent record stores in June 2006.

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Clive Davis announced in February 2006 that Pearl Jam had signed with his label, J Records, which like Epic, is part of Sony Music Entertainment, though J has since folded into RCA Records.

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Pearl Jam commented during the Leeds set that the band's decision to play a festival for the first time after Roskilde had nothing to do with "guts" but with trust in the audience.

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In 2007, Pearl Jam recorded a cover of The Who's "Love, Reign o'er Me" for the Mike Binder film, Reign Over Me; it was later made available as a music download on the iTunes Music Store.

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In June 2008, Pearl Jam performed as the headline act at the Bonnaroo Music Festival.

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Pearl Jam did not re-sign its record deal with J Records, and the band released the album through its own label Monkeywrench Records in the United States and through Universal Music Group internationally.

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Pearl Jam reached a deal with Target to be the exclusive big-box store retailer for the album in the United States.

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In late October 2010, Pearl Jam performed at the 24th Annual Bridge School Benefit Concert at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, California.

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In December 2019, Pearl Jam confirmed that they would be touring Europe in the summer of 2020.

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In May 2021, Pearl Jam announced the release of a digital collection of nearly 200 concerts dating from 2000 to 2013.

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Pearl Jam has cited many punk rock and classic rock bands as influences, including The Who, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Kiss and the Ramones.

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Pearl Jam has broadened its musical range with subsequent releases.

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Pearl Jam's lyrics have often invoked the use of storytelling and have included themes of freedom, individualism, and sympathy for troubled individuals.

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Pearl Jam were ranked at number 8 by Rolling Stone magazine in its Top Ten Live Acts of all Time issue.

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Pearl Jam has been praised for its rejection of rock star excess and its insistence on backing causes it believes in.

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Vedder was outspoken in support of Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader in 2000, and Pearl Jam played a series of concerts on the Vote for Change tour in October 2004, supporting the candidacy of John Kerry for U S president.

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In 2006, the members of Pearl Jam founded the non-profit organization Vitalogy Foundation.

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Pearl Jam has performed numerous benefit concerts in aid of charities and causes.

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In 2011, Pearl Jam was named 2011 Planet Defenders by Rock The Earth for their environmental activism and their large-scale efforts to decrease their own carbon emissions.

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