Today is the birthday of one Edward Louis Severson III, better known as Eddie Vedder, longtime front-man of Pearl Jam.
Vedder’s rise to 1990s rock stardom began in 1990 when he joined a group made up of bassists Jeff Ament and guitarist Stone Gossard, who were former members of Seattle’s Mother Love Bone. After recording with Soundgarden on what would be the early supergroup Temple of the Dog, Vedder with Ament, Gossard and drummer Mike McCready formed Pearl Jam (though initially called Mookie Blaylock, after the basketball player).
Their first record “Ten” was released in 1991, yet didn’t become a bonafide hit until 1992. Several singles, such as “Jeremy”, “Alive”, “Black”, and “Even Flow” became hits and propelled the band to mainstream success. Vedder’s intense vocals became the signature sound of the band, and perhaps of the 1990s alt-rock scene in general.
Vedder and Peal Jam would continued to find success throughout the 90s with the albums Vs, Vitalogy, No Code, and Yield. By the 2000s, Vedder and the band had become increasingly active in politics, especially protesting the war in Iraq and advocating environmental issues. Pearl Jam has continued to produce music to this day, and many of the albums, although perhaps not reaching the heights of the bands hey-day, have been solid rock albums at a time when the genre has been on a steady decline.
Pearl Jam was one of my favorite bands throughout the 90s and early 2000s, and though I haven’t seem them in years, they are known for still putting on a great live show.
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