Pearl Jam is about to hit the studio for a two-week session
in Los Angeles with producer Brendan O'Brien! They'll continue to work on their ninth studio album, which the band plans to self-release in the
One of the most influential and successful bands of the 1990s, Pearl Jam's origins can be found from the end of Mother Love Bone, after the death of vocalist Andrew Wood. Former MLB members Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament recruited Mike McCready and Eddie Vedder. When their debut album, Ten, hit the stores in the summer of 1991, it didn't initially sell well, but once Nirvana's Nevermind busted into mainstream, Ten began flying off the shelves, eventually outselling Kurt Cobain and company. Throughout the nineties, the band released numerous albums, including Vs, Vitalogy, and No Code. None of these albums ever matched the success of Ten and, while the band remained immensely popular, their touring schedule became erratic due to constant battles with Ticketmaster to keep prices low for their fans. In 1999, the band scored their biggest hit to date, a cover of J. Frank Wilson's early rock and roll song "Last Kiss." In 2006 the band returned with a revitalized hard rock sound on its eponymous Pearl Jam. While their latest efforts haven't brought back the brilliance of Ten and Vs, their 2006 self-titled album harkened back to the old Eddie and crew. They showed they can still rock 15 years in and have worked to ensure their credibility with their fans by sticking to their guns about making their music accessible -- either via low-priced tickets or live recordings of their shows. Even if you haven't listened to one of their CDs in over 10 years, Ten still holds up as one of the most amazing rock albums ever made and, while it may not be indicative of everything they did after it, it still showcases the intelligence and musical dexterity the grunge movement was capable of.