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2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam

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  • Year:
    2017
  • Inducted by:
    David Letterman
  • Category:
    Performers

Hall of Fame Essay

2017

David Fricke

In the late summer of 1990, Eddie Vedder was a singer without a band and a songwriter in limbo.

He was working the night shift at a gas station in San Diego when his friend Jack Irons, the founding drummer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, handed him a cassette tape. It was a demo of instrumentals by two pals of Irons’ in Seattle, guitarist Stone Gossard and bassist Jeff Ament, founding members of the proto-grunge band Mother Love Bone who wanted Irons to join their new group.

Instead, Irons gave the tape to Vedder.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 2017
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Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

They are a true, living cultural organism

David Letterman

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