Forming Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam band members

After Pearl Jam rose to global stardom in the early ‘90s, Eddie Vedder became an idol for rock and roll fans. Born Edward Louis Severson III on December 23, 1964, he had a turbulent life growing up. In 1988, he formed his first real band, Bad Radio, but left the band after it failed to break out of local status. Later, Red Hot Chili Peppers ex-drummer, Jack Irons gave him some demo tapes forwarded by Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament and Mike McCready.  Eddie wrote and recorded some songs and mailed it back to the trio, Stone, Jeff and Mike. They soon invited him to Seattle after finding Eddie was the voice they were searching for. They soon landed a gig forming their own band, Mookie Blaylock, with Eddie in vocals, Mike in lead guitar, Stone in rhythm guitar, Jeff in the bass and Dave Krusen in drums. The band signed with Epic Records changing its name to Pearl Jam and released their debut album, Ten, in the fall of 1991.

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Pearl Jam has since released ten studio albums and is currently working on the eleventh. Eddie has also worked on soundtracks and compilations for movies, including Dead Man Walking, I Am Sam, A Brokedown Melody, and Body of War. Most notably, he provided the soundtrack for Sean Penn’s 2007 movie, Into the Wild, which was his first solo project. In 2011, he released his first non-soundtrack solo studio album entitled Ukulele Songs.

Rolling Stones has ranked the 53 years old singer at number 7 on a list of “Best Lead Singers of All Time.” He has also appeared in several TV shows and movies, including Portlandia, Twin Peaks: The Return, and The People Speak.

Tour Dates & Net Worth

Eddie performing at a concert

Most recently, Pearl Jam wrapped up their 2018 tour after performing at Fenway Park in Boston on Sept 4, 2018, following a number of shows throughout the US and Europe. He will be performing with Beyonce, Jay-Z, Ed Sheeran and other artists at the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 in Johannesburg, South Africa on Dec 2, 2018. He will also be performing at the Innings Festival in Tempe, AZ on Mar 3, 2019. He has been married to Jill McCormick since 2010 and they have two daughters, Olivia and Harper. As of 2018, Eddie has a whopping net worth of approximately $100 million.

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