250: PEARL JAM

As one of the best selling bands of all time, a Hall of Fame inductee, and one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s “Top Ten Live Acts of All Time”, there was never really a question of who would complete the Six Days in Seattle series, this claiming the coveted 250th spot.

Pearl Jam are, without question, one of the greatest rock bands of all time. Across thirty years and eleven albums, they have enthralled audiences the world over, and maintained consistent relevance.

Early in their career, while still being part of the grunge scene, Pearl Jam were always less heavy than their peers, and were more influenced by 70s rock.

However, throughout subsequent years, Pearl Jam never fell into a routine, constantly finding new influences and growing and maturing their sound. This growth and constant revitalisation has helped them remain one of the worlds biggest rock bands for thirty years.

Pearl Jam are also responsible for a run of singles that could be considered some of the most famous rock songs of the last 50 years. Songs like ‘Alive’, ‘Evenflow’, ‘Jeremy’ and more remain instantly recognisable.

Of course, one key to Pearl Jam’s success is that iconic voice. With his unique (and oft-copied) vocal style, Eddie Vedder is one of the last truly great frontmen of grunge.

And that is the sad reality. To consider some of the biggest bands of the grunge movement – Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots – you must then consider how many of these remarkable musicians (and bands) we’ve lost along the way.

But not Pearl Jam. Pearl Jam forge on. Releasing new music (as recently as last year, and it was fantastic) and playing to enormous crowds and headlining festivals.

Pearl Jam are the grunge band that succeeded, and stayed. And they are still incredible.