Artist facts

Active: 1990-Present
Name: Pearl Jam
Genre: Alternative rock, grunge, hard rock
Birth Date: October 22, 1990
Place of Birth: Seattle, Washington

Artist Background

Pearl Jam came onto the mainstream scene in 1991, with its debut album, “Ten.” It’s one of the grunge movement’s pivotal bands in the early 1990s. That’s because Pearl Jam members thumbed their noses at mainstream music industry methodologies, including giving interviews and making music videos. Plus, Pearl Jam filed a lawsuit against Ticketmaster, citing the organization monopolized the concert-ticket industry.

Pearl Jam sold 60 million records worldwide by 2006 and 32 million in the United States by 2012. Considered one of the most influential bands of the 1990s, Pearl Jam was much more successful than its fellow alternative rock bands of the decade. Pearl Jam’s success earned the band induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 7, 2017 — the first year it was eligible.

In the mid-1980s, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament were the grunge band, Green River. After enjoying modest success, the pair moved on to Mother of Love. But a bandmate’s fatal drug overdose led to its demise. Afterward, Gossard, started writing more hard-edged material. Then it wasn’t long before Gassard started playing with fellow guitarist Mike McCready, who encouraged Gassard to reconnect with Ament.

The trio then sought to fill out the band and found San Diego singer Eddie Vedder, who wrote lyrics to three songs after hearing the trio’s tape and recorded them, sending the tracks back to the trio. A week after auditioning in Seattle, he joined the band.

Soon afterward, drummer Dave Krusen joined the band, which became Mookie Blaylock, in honor of the basketball player of the same name.

Artist Music Career

The band official took to the stage for the first time on October 22, 1990 at the Off Ramp Café in Seattle. Two months later, on December 22, they opened for Alice in Chains at the Moore Theatre in Seattle before going on to open for their Facelift tour in 1991.

Before long, Mookie Blaylock renamed themselves Pearl Jam and signed with Epic Records. Vedder attributed the name to his great-grandmother Pearl and her peyote-laced jam recipe. However, in 2006 he said the story wasn’t true, although that was his great-grandmother’s name. Instead, Ament and McCready said the band came up with the name after attending a Neil Young concert.

Since the band’s inception, Pearl Jam has released 10 studio albums. Those efforts earned Pearl Jam a dozen awards over the years, as well as 37 nominations.

In the summer of 2018, Pearl Jam toured in Lallapalooza Festivals in Argentina, Brazil, and Chile, as well as a pair of homeless charity shows in Seattle. As the tour kicked off, the band debuted the single, “Can’t Deny Me” from their forthcoming, and 11th album.

Artist Major Works and Achievements


Won American Music Awards Favorite Pop/Rock New Artist Award
Won American Music Awards Favorite New Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist Award
Won MTV Video Music Awards Video of the Year Award for “Jeremy”
Won MTV Video Music Awards Best Group Video Award for “Jeremy”
Won MTV Video Music Awards Best Metal/Hard Rock Video Award for “Jeremy”
Won MTV Video Music Awards Best Direction Award for “Jeremy”


Won American Music Awards Favorite Alternative Artist Award
Won American Music Awards Favorite Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist Award
Won Grammy Awards Best Hard Rock Performance Award for “Spin the Black Circle”


Won American Music Awards Favorite Alternative Artist Award


Won Esky Music Awards Best Live Act Award


Won Grammy Awards Best Recording Package Award for “Lightning Bolt”