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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, Rovi
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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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Could I trouble you for a 10¢ College Fund Donation?

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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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FOLLOW ME I'll FOLLOW u!
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my all time favorite band from seattle
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tpetrou930
Have I got a little story for you........

I'm Still Alive....... . . . .

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bill_kuba
Thank you
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pearl jam rocks!!! im heading to the big 50....and the younger generation dont know good music....by the way...black. . . . . i s my all time favorite...c o m i n g from a women ;)
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I love you so much I miss you for your concert on the 10/22/14 this year.Your the best signer ever.you rock ������������
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Get that thing out of your mouth.
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Don't read this cause it actually works. You will be kissed by your lover on the nearest Friday. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now that you are reading this don't stop. Post this on 5 songs in 143 minutes. Then press F6 and your lovers name will appear in BIG LETTERS on the screen. This is so scary it actually works.
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Oh all hail the great EDDIE!!!!!
Your the rock of my life been there since I was in primary school-all threw high Skool and with me threw some of the greatest and Solomn moments. Bless u and ur gift of music spunky voice.
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doloreslola6 3 8
Love this song so Hawaiian and classic
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Thank you Eddie��
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Just saw PJ in Milwaukee last Monday night, what an incredible concert! He was as good as he was in 1992 on the Lalapalooza tour the 1st time I saw them. Hope they have another 20 years in them.
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My all time favorite band, lead singer and a true front man in every sense of the word. Each member so talented and a voice for the generation I grew up in, and still relevant today. Love love love.
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Please clarify that Hovercraft was his FORMER wifes band. His current wife is a model.
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maeflower024
Makes me think of moonshine
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Eddie vedder (in my humble opinion) is the greatest singer/songw r i t e r of all time! His lyrics have saved my life and his music has soothed my soul!!!! Amazing
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Follow for follow (Read my bio please)
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Eddie Vedder is one of the greatest musicians of our time
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works!
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dispatchboc
Bad Radio...Why did I never know that???
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A snappy kinda treat from my head to my feet
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kikithormann
Vedder is amazing! His voice, his music is extraordinar y !
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oh man,...this one's good.
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maeflower024
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Eddie Vedder Beautiful Voice!
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His songs give me the chills. I love them
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Eddie rocks forever...! long live art and lyrics!
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No one else like Eddie! One of my all time favorite artists!
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One of the best from the 90's!!
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Love love love his Ukulele cd!
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Eddie Rocks and hes a Cub fan what more can you say, You Rock Eddie
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Get it Mr. Vedder
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Wow
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lary690
The Only Guy I'd leave my husband & run away with...
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The Long Road on the Eat Pray Love soundtrack is one of my favorites by Vedder.
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Love this soundtrack.. G r e a t n e s s
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♡ Eddie Vedder. Does not matter what he sings, everything he sings is beautiful!
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