Eddie Vedder

Active - 1992 - 2019  |   Born - Dec 23, 1964 in Evanston, Illinois, United States  |   Genres - Music, Culture & Society

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  • Lived with seven younger foster siblings while growing up in Illinois.
  • Moved to San Diego in the mid-'70s.
  • Changed name to Vedder, his mother's maiden name, after learning his father is actually his stepfather.
  • Earned GED in early '80s and briefly attended community college outside Chicago.
  • Sang in the band Indian Style, which included future Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave drummer Brad Wilk.
  • Sang vocals on "Hunger Strike," a song on the eponymous (and only) album from Temple of the Dog, a band that featured Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament (formerly of Mother Love Bone), Soundgarden's Chris Cornell and Matt Cameron, and guitarist Mike McCready.
  • Reteamed with Gossard, Ament and McCready to form Pearl Jam in 1990, Dave Kruson was brought in as the drummer. 
  • Released first album, Ten, in August 1991; it eventually sold 12 million copies.
  • After Kurt Cobain, was the most identifiable figure of the Seattle music scene of the 1990s, a distinction---along with the accompanying rock-star label---he stridently attempted to quash.
  • Developed a dislike for the practices of Ticketmaster and began a lengthy feud with the company by refusing to play at venues where Ticketmaster promoted shows and sold tickets.
  • Appeared on albums with The Who, Neil Young and The Ramones.