Pearl Jam is one of the most popular and successful rock bands in history, but there are still some things that even their biggest fans don’t know about them. Here are 20 secrets about Pearl Jam that you may not have known:
1. Eddie Vedder wrote the song “Better Man” about his high school girlfriend.
2. The band originally wanted to name themselves “Mookie Blaylock” after the NBA player, but were forced to change their name because there was already a band with that name.
3. Eddie Vedder is an accomplished surfer.
4. The band’s debut album, Ten, was released in 1991 and quickly became a hit, thanks in part to the singles “Alive” and “Jeremy.”
5. Pearl Jam has been nominated for 18 Grammy Awards and has won 5 of them.
6. In 2000, Vedder and the other members of Pearl Jam were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
7. The band’s 1994 album, Vitalogy, was certified 5x platinum in the United States.
8. In 2006, Pearl Jam released an album of cover songs called, Pearl Jam Twenty.
9. The band is known for their energetic live shows and for often improvising their setlists from night tonight.
10. Pearl Jam is still going strong after more than 25 years and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon!
11. In 2009, the band released their ninth studio album, Backspacer.
12. In 2011, the band began a North American tour in support of their latest album.
13. The band’s latest album, Lightning Bolt, was released in 2013.
14. Vedder is a vegan and often speaks out about animal rights and other political issues.
15. The band has supported various charities over the years, including Autism Speaks, Habitat for Humanity, and the Surfrider Foundation.
16. In 2016, Pearl Jam announced that they would be embarking on a world tour later that year in support of their latest album.
17. Guitarist Mike McCready suffers from Crohn’s disease, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease.
18. The band has released several live albums over the years, including Live at the Garden (2003), and Pearl Jam Twenty (2011).
19. In 2017, Pearl Jam announced that they would be releasing a new album later that year.
20. Vedder is the only original member left in the band, but they continue to tour and make music as a collective unit.