Eddie Vedder at the Times-Union Center

Eddie Vedder at the Times-Union Center


Anyone who grew up in America in  the 1990s quite likely spent their youth to a soundtrack of Nirvana and Pear Jam. Never mind how many other bands came out of the grunge scene, these two bands represent the archetypical grunge sound and are among the best remembered musical acts of the 1990s in any genre.  Eddie Vedder's voice, and singing style could arguably be considered the most influential aspect of either band.  The fact is that no artist from the 1990s has been more imitated by countless one-hit wonders along with a few bands that are still successful and performing today.

In 1990 Vedder formed the band Pearl Jam with guitarists Mike McReady and Stone Gossard, bassist Jeff Ament, and drummer Dave Krusen. Krusen has since been replaced by Soundgarden's Matt Cameron. The original name of the band was Mookie Blaylock, after the University of Oklahoma basketball player, whose jersey number, 10, was made the tile of the their first album. They were forced to change the band's name after signing with Epic , but kept the album title. The album, which would produce 1990s classics like “Alive”, the anthem “Evenflow”, and the quintessential angst-ridden teen theme song: “Jeremy”, would link the band's name with Seattle grunge for all time. Ten would go on to be certified 13x platinum.

Despite having a spat during the height of Ten's success, Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain and Eddie Vedder would be on good terms by the time Cobain died in 1994. Cobain had claimed that Pearl Jam was not truly alternative. Throughout the 1990s, the band would take several anti-commercial ideological stances, including not making videos for several of their most popular songs, and boycotting Ticketmaster. They would also be a backing band for one of their major influences: Neil Young.


In addition to the his musical contributions to the band, Vedder is an artist, creating works under the names Jerome Turner and Wes C. Addle. As a solo performer he has won a Golden Globe Award and a Grammy Award for his song “Guaranteed”, which was featured on the soundtrack of the movie Into the Wild.