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List of Pearl Jam band members

Pearl Jam
Boom Gaspar
Background information
Origin Seattle, Washington, USA
Genres Alternative rock, grunge, hard rock
Years active 1990–present
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.[1] The original incarnation of Pearl Jam included bassist Jeff Ament, guitarists Stone Gossard and Mike McCready, vocalist Eddie Vedder, and drummer Dave Krusen.[2] This line-up recorded Pearl Jam's debut studio album, Ten. Three months before the album was released, Krusen left the band in May 1991.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5] The band cited political differences between Abbruzzese and the other members; for example, he disagreed with the Ticketmaster boycott.[5] He was replaced by Jack Irons, a close friend of Vedder and the former drummer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.[3]

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. That same year, prior to Pearl Jam's U.S. Yield Tour, Irons left the band due to dissatisfaction with touring.[6] Pearl Jam enlisted former Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron as Irons' replacement on an initially temporary basis,[6] but he soon became an official member of the band. With Cameron, Pearl Jam has released the studio albums Binaural in 2000, Riot Act in 2002, Pearl Jam in 2006, Backspacer in 2009, and Lightning Bolt in 2013. In 2002, the band brought in organist Boom Gaspar as an additional member. Gaspar has appeared on the studio albums Riot Act, Pearl Jam, and Lightning Bolt in addition to touring with the band.

Current members

Eddie Vedder
Active: 1990–present
Instruments: lead vocals
Occasional instruments: rhythm guitar, harmonica, tambourine, Accordion
Release contributions: all Pearl Jam releases
Eddie Vedder was a member of the original band formed in 1990.[7]
Mike McCready
Active: 1990–present
Instruments: lead guitar, backing vocals
Release contributions: all Pearl Jam releases
Mike McCready was a member of the original band formed in 1990.[7]
Stone Gossard
Active: 1990–present
Instruments: rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Occasional instruments: lead guitar, bass
Release contributions: all Pearl Jam releases
Stone Gossard was a member of the original band formed in 1990.[7]
Jeff Ament
Active: 1990–present
Instruments: bass, backing vocals
Occasional instruments: upright bass
Release contributions: all Pearl Jam releases
Jeff Ament was a member of the original band formed in 1990.[7]
Matt Cameron
Active: 1998–present
Instruments: drums, backing vocals
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 instrumental demos in 1990.[3] A year after the disbandment of Soundgarden, 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.

Additional personnel

Pearl Jam has employed one musician who performs on tours and contributes to studio recordings with the band, but is not considered an official member.

Boom Gaspar
Active: 2002–present
Instruments: organ, piano, keyboards
Release contributions: Riot Act (2002), Pearl Jam (2006)
Boom Gaspar first became acquainted with Vedder while he was in Hawaii.[8] Gaspar was introduced to Vedder through C. J. Ramone.[9] He has a songwriting credit for the song "Love Boat Captain" which is on Riot Act.[10]

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.[7] Krusen was asked to join Pearl Jam after auditioning with the band.[3] Krusen left the band following the completion of the recording sessions for Ten and checked himself into rehabilitation.[3]
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.[4] 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.
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.[4] 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.[5]
Jack Irons
Active: 1994–1998
Instruments: drums
Release contributions: "Hey Foxymophandlemama, That's Me" on Vitalogy (1994), Merkin Ball (1995), No Code (1996), Yield (1998)
Irons became the official drummer for the band in late 1994 following the firing of Dave Abbruzzese. In 1998, prior to Pearl Jam's U.S. Yield Tour, Irons left the band due to dissatisfaction with touring.[6]


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