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Eddie Vedder

Along with Kurt Cobain, Eddie Vedder reluctantly became a celebrity and an alt-rock spokesman when his band, Pearl Jam, hit the big time in the early '90s. But things didn't come easy for Vedder. With a tumultuous home life as a youngster, he turned to surfing and rock music as a teenager -- most notably such classic rockers as the Who, Neil Young, and the Doors -- as well as such punk bands as the Clash and Minor Threat. His residence alternated between Chicago and San Diego, as he formed his first real band in his twenties, Bad Radio. With the band not breaking out of local status, Vedder befriended ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Jack Irons, who in turn gave Eddie a demo tape some of his friends had given him (in hopes of finding a singer). Vedder quickly put lyrics and vocals to the tape, and mailed it back to Seattle (it turned out the band consisted of ex-members of the Seattle-based Mother Love Bone, guitarist Stone Gossard and bassist Jeff Ament).

Gossard and Ament were floored with the results, immediately inviting Vedder up to Seattle, where he soon landed the gig. Shortly after lead guitarist Mike McCready joined the band (plus a revolving door of assorted drummers), the band signed with Epic Records. Originally called Mookie Blaylock, the group changed its name to Pearl Jam, and their debut, Ten, followed in the fall of 1991. With the Seattle scene (Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, et al.) exploding on the charts, airwaves, and media, Pearl Jam picked the perfect time to issue their debut, which eventually outsold all other Seattle bands, and made Pearl Jam one of the biggest groups of the '90s (other hit albums followed: Vs., Vitalogy, No Code, Yield, and Binaural).

Vedder also became involved in numerous politically charged causes: his band took Ticketmaster to court over high ticket prices, he supported presidential candidate Ralph Nader and environmental causes, and was pro-choice. He also made special appearances at numerous concerts of bands he admirers (Bob Dylan's 50th B-day bash at Madison Square Garden, the Tibetan Freedom Concert, Who/Pete Townshend gigs, etc.), and played drums at live shows with the band Hovercraft (his wife's band). With his hard-hitting and often confessional lyrical style and Jim Morrison-esque baritone, Vedder also became one of the most copied lead singers in all of rock. Despite all the accolades, it wasn't until 2007 that Vedder released his first solo project, Into the Wild, the soundtrack to the Sean Penn film of the same time.

Following Pearl Jam's 2009 album Backspacer and its accompanying tour, Eddie Vedder released his first non-soundtrack album, 2011's Ukulele Songs, which included a mixture of covers and originals, with Vedder singing and accompanying himself on ukulele. ~ Greg Prato
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Eddie you are the best! No one else like you.
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Hi Eddie vedder I lick pearl jam
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My favorite band of all time, got me through allot of hard times. . Black is the best song that's ever been sung, And sung by the best vocalist that's ever been. .thanks so much. . Much love to pj.
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Haters will hate
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this guy is stupid
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Very talented man!
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Why are all of the interesting comments private????
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sing it eddie ��
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bpcroak23
Nice piece...a true gem, Eddie is!

Minor correction: he played Masters of War for Dylan's 30th anniversary for his first album. It was at the Garden, and happened to fall a few months after Dylan turned 60.
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bpcroak23
Nice piece...a true gem, Eddie is!

Minor correction: he played Masters of War for Dylan's 30th anniversary for his first album. It was at the Garden, and happened to fall a few months after Dylan turned 60.
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bpcroak23
Nice piece...a true gem, Eddie is!

Minor correction: he played Masters of War for Dylan's 30th anniversary for his first album. It was at the Garden, and happened to fall a few months after Dylan turned 60.
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Eddie is the definition of great singer songwriting. His solo stuff and PJ music moves me everytime i hear it. Thanks for always making my day!
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always one of my favs :)
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kellyinor
Such a beautiful, unique voice and amazing musician. Thank you Eddie for making awesome music. Please come to Portland, OR soon.....Che e r s .
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Love everything I hear from him.
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Hi Eddie vedder
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Eddie, along with the other dignitaries that defined the Seattle sound in the early 1990's (Chris Cornell and Layne Staley), has one of the most unique and distinctive voices in popular music. Pearl Jam would not have been possible without him.
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cpaulli
Love his singing!! Just Breathe was our wedding song :-)
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I love him so much. Such an amazing musician and person.
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Very cool @ southlakesal ! ! !
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Ok Eddie V well from the very first time I heard the deep tone of his vocals I've been completely lost in his songs I have emotionally have lost tears many many time just from hearing a few bars from him .. I'm not a person who worship rock stars but let me say this if I ever had a hero it would be the entire band .. My life isn't great but it's not to shabby either I will forever hold everything the Jam has given me and that's Hope .. Love is how I feel when the boys run thur my spinning mind
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rmccoy.rm
Eddie Vedder is legendary
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This album fit the film so perfectly. Listening to it for the first time was like reading the book again for the first time.
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gpav35
I would listen to this at the Goodman family home oh I miss then, but their deaths inspired for life and its wide open thank you for your love and kindness love truly was their family. Thank you
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neil5661
ed is a brave soul.
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Doesn't get any better than Eddie Vedder!!
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tocayo_72
I love music.#1.
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b_kittee... Is that a picture of your dog!!??? Mine looks just like the picture!!!!
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Vedder is cool~~~ need the lyrics back though ...so I know what he is singing!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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@devan Roth.... Omg #notgaybutal m o s t g a y f o r e d d i e Lolz dude you cracked me up, and admittedly I'm basically right there with you ;)
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b_kittee
Great movie. Watch it all the time. Reminds me to stay out of Alaska...
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Not lyrically. In this day in age if you really listen to Vedder, he's on another planet that reminds me that I'm still here.
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Chris Cornell was definitely better
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I agree Eric Michael Davis!!!
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Do you guys have one of these? an artist that your significant other just adores? and I don't mean musically. My lady just luvs Eddie!
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One of the best front men of all time if not the best ever
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Hi Eddie vedder
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Eddie Vedder is one of the best vocalists out there and one of my favorites!!!
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Dude I totally love u in a totally plutonic and not gay way...but more than p**sy...so there's that....ahh s**t am I gay for Vedder? Whatever Vedder starts with the same letter as vagina n PJ starts with a p, like p**sy...yup still straight, can't hump a CD! Savin up for a Pono Player with PJ engraving, gonna be so slick dude!
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I wish I could "like" a song or artist without changing the mix.
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5 songs in 143 mins people....yo u are all morons
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amartzell2
leave a comment????. . . . o k , i will......i admire his body of work, and appreciate all he has contributed. . . . . . d o i agree with his politics???? who the f**k cares what i think?....i' m a musician, and i have at least that much that can recognize talent....an d Eddie has it in spades.....a l l other vomitous vitriol can wash away into the wild
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How can you not like the man and the band! Have been going to pj concerts for decades now but couldnt go to the solo gig in perth as was too expensive! Still sad about it! First saw them in ireland in the nineties and I will still be listening to them in my nineties!
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After Eddie demonized guns I don't like him. If your going to be a puppet to get your own radio station on xm then f**k ya.
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mrandmsh0202
Kick a** music bro!! Thanks man
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talented guy who walks his talk! Still one of my all time favorite bands!
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One of the best and most talented singers that can rock his lyrics in anyway necessary. Total respect to this talented man Eddie Vedder. Concerts are the best you will see
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I can't stand Eddie Vedder and have felt that way since the first time I ever heard his overly dramatic and pretentious howling. Thumbs down loser
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You guys rock!!! Great bands last forever!!!!
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