Putting the music first but standing up for their rights when necessary, Pearl Jam has raged both inside and outside of the machine for three decades, and its members have a lot of stories to tell. Here's a look into the legendary and untold truth of Pearl Jam.
The core of Pearl Jam, the instrumental duo that gives the band its sound and soul, is the one-two punch of guitarist Stone Gossard and bassist Jeff Ament. Before forming one of the biggest rock bands the world has ever seen, they'd already been playing together for years… first in the proto-grunge Seattle band Green River, and then in Mother Love Bone with charismatic lead singer Andrew Wood.
Mother Love Bone was poised to become one of the biggest bands of the '90s… but sadly, Wood overdosed on heroin just months before the release of their first album. However, Ament and Gossard didn't want to quit making music with one another, so they laid down some demo tracks for a new band. They needed a drummer for the project, and they sent their tape to their friend Jack Irons, who'd recently left his gig behind the kit for Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Irons wasn't interested in drumming for the Seattle combo at least, not right away but he passed the tape along to a guy that he played basketball with, an aspiring singer named Eddie Vedder.
Irons also gave the band one of its biggest breaks: He asked the Red Hot Chili Peppers to let this new group open for the band on its 1991 concert tour, and they agreed.
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