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(Vocal/instrumental group, 1990–present)

Emerging out of former Seattle band Mother Love Bone, the classic line-up consisted of Eddie Vedder (vocals), Stone Gossard (guitar), Mike McCready (guitar), Jeff Ament (bass) and Dave Abbruzzese (drums). The spiky hook-laden rock of Ten (1991) sold in large numbers after Nirvana made Seattle alternative bands popular. Touring with the Lollapalooza II circus cemented their position as major players. A reluctance to record promotional videos, release singles or tour did not prevent their second album Vs (1993) going platinum. Vitalogy (1994) confirmed their position as one of the biggest bands in America. Rather than plough one musical furrow, on subsequent albums like No Code (1996) Pearl Jam vastly expanded their musical references to include folk and even world music. In an effort to defeat bootleggers they also released 25 double live albums in 2002, of which five clambered into the US charts, confirming longevity and long-term appeal.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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