Pearl Jam would be the second band, following Nirvana in 2014, with roots in Seattle's grunge scene to make the hall. This is their first nomination.
Behind charismatic frontman Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam was a huge initial success behind songs like "Jeremy," ''Even Flow," ''Alive" and "Better Man." They consciously stepped back from the commercial world, and persist as a respected and popular touring outfit.
— DAVID BAUDER, Associated Press
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame bio:
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"When they released their debut album, Ten, in August, 1991, Pearl Jam were a band of young unknowns to anyone not from Seattle, Washington. At home, Pearl Jam were practically a supergroup – founded in 1990 at a crossroads of classic rock, Seventies heavy metal and hardcore punk, just as that city’s underground scene was about to go worldwide.
Bassist Jeff Ament and guitarist Stone Gossard played in the proto-grunge bands Green River and Mother Love Bone; Mike McCready was a highly regarded lead guitarist steeped in Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Matt Cameron of Seattle elders Soundgarden played drums on Pearl Jam’s early demos, finally joining in 1998 after a parade of drummers including Dave Krusen. Singer Eddie Vedder was an out-of-town wild card, a San Diego emigrant whose baritone howl, aggressively emotional lyrics and jubilantly unhinged stage presence quickly made him a universal symbol of the personal trials and cleansing rage at the heart of Nineties alternative rock."