List of Pearl Jam band members


List of Pearl Jam band members

Infobox musical artist
Name = Pearl Jam


Img_capt = Pearl Jam in concert in 2006
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Background = group_or_band
Origin = city-state|Seattle|Washington, USA
Years_active = 1990–present
Current_members = Jeff Ament
Stone Gossard
Mike McCready
Eddie Vedder
Matt Cameron
Past_members = Dave Krusen
Matt Chamberlain
Dave Abbruzzese
Jack Irons

Pearl Jam is an American alternative rock band that formed in Seattle, Washington in 1990.cite web | url=http://www.pearljam.com/timeline/ | title=Pearl Jam: Timeline | accessdate=2007-06-27 | publisher=Pearljam.com] The original incarnation of Pearl Jam included bassist Jeff Ament, guitarists Stone Gossard and Mike McCready, vocalist Eddie Vedder, and drummer Dave Krusen.cite web | last = Crowe | first = Cameron | url = http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/10560431/five_against_the_world | title = Five Against the World | work = Rolling Stone | date = 1993-10-28 | accessdate = 2007-06-23 ] This line-up recorded Pearl Jam's debut studio album, "Ten". After the recording sessions for "Ten" were completed, Krusen left Pearl Jam in May 1991.Greene, Jo-Ann. "Pearl Jam and the Secret History of Seattle Part 2". "Goldmine". "August 1993"]

Krusen was replaced by Matt Chamberlain, who had previously played with Edie Brickell & New Bohemians. After playing only a handful of shows, one of which was filmed for the "Alive" video, Chamberlain left to join the "Saturday Night Live" band.Peiken, Matt. "Dave Abbruzzese of Pearl Jam". "Modern Drummer". December 1993.] As his replacement, Chamberlain suggested Dave Abbruzzese, who joined the group and played the rest of Pearl Jam's live shows supporting the "Ten" album. The band then recorded the studio albums "Vs.", released in 1993, and "Vitalogy", released in 1994. Although Abbruzzese performed on the album "Vitalogy", he was fired in August 1994, four months before the album was released.Weisbard, Eric, et al. "Ten Past Ten". "Spin". August 2001.] The band cited political differences between Abbruzzese and the other members; for example, he disagreed with the Ticketmaster boycott. He was replaced by Jack Irons, a close friend of Vedder and the former and original drummer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Irons' first recording with the band was "Hey Foxymophandlemama, That's Me" for "Vitalogy". He drummed on the Pearl Jam/Neil Young collaborations "Mirror Ball" and "Merkin Ball", both released in 1995, and the Pearl Jam studio albums "No Code", released in 1996, and "Yield", released in 1998. In 1998, prior to Pearl Jam's U.S. Yield Tour, Irons left the band due to dissatisfaction with touring.cite web | url=http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/pearljam/articles/story/5928493/off_he_goes | title=Off He Goes | accessdate=2007-06-28 | author=Fischer, Blair R | publisher="Rolling Stone" | date=1998-04-17] Pearl Jam enlisted former Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron as Irons' replacement on an initially temporary basis, but he soon became a permanent replacement for Irons. With Cameron, Pearl Jam has released the studio albums "Binaural" in 2000, "Riot Act" in 2002, and "Pearl Jam" in 2006. In 2002, the band brought in organist Boom Gaspar as an additional member. Gaspar has appeared on the studio albums "Riot Act" and "Pearl Jam" in addition to touring with the band.

Current members

;Jeff Ament:Active: 1990–present:Instruments: bass:Release contributions: all Pearl Jam releases:Jeff Ament was a member of the original band formed in 1990.Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. [http://wc07.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:aifqxqr5ldhe~T1 "Pearl Jam"] . Allmusic. Retrieved on 2008-09-18.]

;Stone Gossard:Active: 1990–present:Instruments: guitar:Release contributions: all Pearl Jam releases:Stone Gossard was a member of the original band formed in 1990.

;Mike McCready:Active: 1990–present:Instruments: guitar:Release contributions: all Pearl Jam releases:Mike McCready was a member of the original band formed in 1990.

;Eddie Vedder:Active: 1990–present:Instruments: vocals, guitar:Release contributions: all Pearl Jam releases:Eddie Vedder was a member of the original band formed in 1990.

;Matt Cameron:Active: 1998–present:Instruments: drums:Release contributions: all Pearl Jam releases from "Live on Two Legs" (1998) to present:Matt Cameron had worked with members of the band before on the Temple of the Dog project, which was conceived by Chris Cornell of Soundgarden as a tribute to Andrew Wood of Mother Love Bone, and had helped them record some early demos in 1990. He joined Pearl Jam as a replacement for Jack Irons following the band's 1998 tour of Australia and before its 1998 summer tour of North America began. Cameron said, "I got a phone call out of the blue, from Mr. Ed Ved, Stoney and Kelly. I was ambushed. It was really short notice. He called and said 'hey what are you doing this summer?'" McCready said, "We knew him from being around the same scene and seeing him on tour. It had a lot to do with it. We knew he was a normal cat too, a normal guy."Cartwright, Keith Ryan. [http://www.theywillrockyou.com/index.php/interviews/mike_mccready_of_pearl_jam/ "Mike McCready of Pearl Jam"] . theywillrockyou.com. March 2003. Retrieved on 2008-09-18.] Cameron stated, "The guys made me feel real welcome and it wasn't a struggle to get it musically, but my style was a little bit different, I think, than what they were used to. And they've been through so many different drummers, I don't even know if they knew what they wanted. So, I just kind of played the way I played and then eventually we kind of figured out what worked best for the band."cite news | first = Tim | last = Slowikowski | title = From Mookie Blaylock to Pearl Jam: The Matt Cameron Interview | url = http://www.popmatters.com/music/interviews/pearljam-030624.shtml | work = PopMatters | date = June 24, 2003 | accessdate = 2007-05-23] McCready stated that Cameron has made Pearl Jam "into a way better band."


Additional personnel

;Boom Gaspar:Active: 2002–present:Instruments: organ, piano, keyboards:Release contributions: all Pearl Jam releases from "Riot Act" (2002) to present:Boom Gaspar first became acquainted with Vedder while he was in Hawaii. [Mills, Fred. [http://www.seattleweekly.com/2002-11-06/music/yield-not/ "Yield Not"] . "Seattle Weekly". November 6, 2002. Retrieved on 2008-09-18.] Gaspar was introduced to Vedder through C. J. Ramone.Burlingame, Burl. [http://archives.starbulletin.com/2007/04/20/features/story02.html "Way to go Boom!"] "Honolulu Star-Bulletin". April 20, 2007. Retrieved on 2008-09-18.] He has a songwriting credit for the song "Love Boat Captain" which is on "Riot Act". According to Gaspar, the song initially developed out of a jamming session he had with Vedder after the two first met. When they were done, Vedder asked Gaspar if he was "ready to go to Seattle." [Paiva, Derek. [http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2006/Dec/01/il/FP612010330.html "Friendship takes stage at Pearl Jam concert"] . "The Honolulu Advertiser". December 1, 2006. Retrieved on 2008-09-18.]


Former members

;Dave Krusen:Active: 1990–1991:Instruments: drums:Release contributions: "Ten" (1991):Dave Krusen was a member of the original band formed in 1990. Krusen was asked to join Pearl Jam after auditioning with the band. Krusen left the band following the completion of "Ten" and checked himself into rehab. According to Krusen, he was suffering from personal problems at the time. Ament said, "Dave Krusen is kind of hit or miss. When Dave Krusen was on it was great -- it had a loose, laid-back, Charlie Watts-type feel, but often the feel of the songs pushed and pulled a little too much."Coryat, Karl. "Godfather of the "G" Word". "Bass Player Magazine". April 1994.]

;Matt Chamberlain:Active: 1991:Instruments: drums:Release contributions: "Alive" (live), from the UK/German release of "Ten" (1991):Matt Chamberlain briefly joined Pearl Jam following the departure of Dave Krusen and toured with the band in the summer of 1991 before the release of the band's debut album "Ten". Chamberlain left the band following this tour and the filming of the "Alive" video on August 3, 1991 to join the "Saturday Night Live" band. For his replacement, Chamberlain suggested drummer Dave Abbruzzese, who joined the group and played the rest of Pearl Jam's live shows supporting the "Ten" album. Chamberlain said, "I toured in the van with them, played a bunch of clubs—I had a good time, definitely had a good time. They wanted me to join the band, but [Edie Brickell & New Bohemians] had just broke up, I had just got off the road after touring for four years straight—I could not imagine doing it again." [Scanlon, Tom. [http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=20030724&slug=chamb24 "Drummer to the stars calls Seattle home"] . "The Seattle Times". July 24, 2003. Retrieved on 2008-09-18.]

;Dave Abbruzzese:Active: 1991–1994:Instruments: drums:Release contributions: "Vs." (1993), "Vitalogy" (1994):Dave Abbruzzese joined Pearl Jam after being recommended by friend Matt Chamberlain, whom Abbruzzese knew through the Texas music scene. Months after the band finished the initial recording sessions for "Vitalogy", Abbruzzese was fired in August 1994 due to personality conflicts with the band members. Ament stated, "Dave was a different egg for sure. There were a lot of things, personality wise, where I didn't see eye to eye with him. He was more comfortable being a rock star than the rest of us. Partying, girls, cars. I don't know if anyone was in the same space." Gossard said, "It was the nature of how the politics worked in our band: It was up to me to say, 'Hey, we tried, it's not working; time to move on.' On a superficial level, it was a political struggle: For whatever reason his ability to communicate with Ed and Jeff was very stifled. I certainly don't think it was all Dave Abrruzzese's fault that it was stifled." Abbruzzese stated, "I didn't really agree with what was going on. I didn't agree with the Ticketmaster stuff at all. But I don't blame anyone or harbor any hard feelings. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't furious and hurt for a long time. But now I just wish there was more music from the band I was a part of."

;Jack Irons:Active: 1994–1998:Instruments: drums:Release contributions: "Vitalogy" (1994), "Merkin Ball" (1995), "No Code" (1996), "Yield" (1998):Jack Irons was asked by Ament and Gossard to join Mookie Blaylock, the band that would become Pearl Jam, in 1990, when the band was first forming and still looking for a singer and a drummer. Although he didn't join the band at that time because he was committed to his own band, Eleven, he did pass on a cassette of the band's work to Vedder, with whom Irons had formed a friendship. [Wall, Mick. "Alive". "Nirvana and the Story of Grunge". "Q" p. 95] Vedder joined the band and Irons had no more to do with the project for the time being. Irons became the official drummer for the band in late 1994 following the firing of Dave Abbruzzese. Gossard said, "Jack entered the band right at the end of making "Vitalogy". Jack's a breath of fresh air, a family man. Everybody had a strong sense of friendship with him immediately. He was just there to play drums and help out." In 1998, prior to Pearl Jam's U.S. Yield Tour, Irons left the band due to dissatisfaction with touring. [cite web | url=http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/pearljam/articles/story/5928493/off_he_goes | title=Off He Goes | accessdate=2007-06-28 | author=Fischer, Blair R | publisher="Rolling Stone" | date=1998-04-17] Pearl Jam's sound engineer Brett Eliason stated, "We went and did Hawaii and Australia with Jack. When we came back, Jack wasn't in a position to carry on. He made that decision more or less by himself. He can be a really great drummer but he had difficulty on tour putting out the energy for the length of shows they were doing. I don't know if he thought they'd put things on hold for him." Vedder said, "I think that him deciding that he wasn't going to be in the band really hurt."

Timeline

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