Seattle grunge band Pearl Jam have been inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame after nearly 30 years in the music industry. The five-piece led by frontman Eddie Vedder were given a touching tribute by former Late Show host David Letterman.
Pearl Jam were formed in Seattle, Washington in 1990 by singer Eddie Vedder, lead guitarist Mike McCready, rhythm guitarist Stone Gossard and bassist Jeff Ament. The band first made an impact on the American music scene, when they released their groundbreaking debut album ‘Ten’ in 1991. ‘Ten’ peaked at number two on the Billboard 200, and was supported by the hit singles ‘Alive’, ‘Jeremy’, Even Flow’ and ‘Oceans’.
Pearl Jam would go on to release a string of hugely successful records throughout the 1990s and 2000s, including 1994’s ‘Vitalogy’, 1996’s ‘No Code’, 2000’s ‘Binaural’ and 2009’s ‘Backspacer’. As of 2017, the band have released a total of ten studio records, five of which have hit the top spot on the Billboard 200. Their most recent album ‘Lightning Bolt’ (2016) was one of their most critically acclaimed records to date, and has already achieved platinum status in a number of countries worldwide.
On April 8, Pearl Jam were inducted into the prestigious rock and roll hall of fame, by late show host and fan David Letterman. Letterman said of the band’s achievements: “They’re true living cultural organisms. They would recognise injustice and they would stand up for it. Whether it was human rights or the environment. Whether it was poverty. They didn’t let it wash over them. They would stand up and react.”
In an act of good will, Pearl Jam invited all five of their drummers to be included in the induction ceremony. They also paid tribute to actor Michael J. Fox who was watching in the audience, by declaring: “It’s an honour to play for you tonight”.