Eddie Vedder

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Singer • Musician • Songwriter

Birth Date: December 23, 1964

Age: 59 years old

Birth Place: Evanston, Illinois

Bands: Pearl Jam

Eddie Vedder's long stint with Pearl Jam made him one of the more recognizable rock singers of his era. Born in Evanston IL, Vedder moved with his family to the San Diego shortly before his teens, music and surfing both became his passions.

While in high school Vedder learned that the man he'd thought was his father was actually his stepfather, and that his biological father had died of multiple sclerosis. His shock over this news would be reflected in songs he'd write as an adult.

After dropping out of high school Vedder sang in a handful of short-lived bands, including Indian Style and Bad Radio. Through drummer friend Jack Irons (then a former Red Hot Chili Pepper), Vedder learned of a Seattle band that needed a singer.

He went surfing that day and had a burst of inspiration, writing lyrics for three connected songs; he imagined these as part of a rock opera loosely based on his parental revelation. These songs became the Pearl Jam favorites "Alive," "Once" and "Footsteps"; he sent them to Seattle and was invited to join the band, which was then going by the name Mookie Blaylock.

Some of the members were also working on a side project, Temple of the Dog, which also recruited Vedder for some vocals. He made his vocal debut on their track "Hunger Strikes," sharing the lead with Soundgarden's Chris Cornell. By now Mookie Blaylock had signed to Epic, changing their name to Pearl Jam to avoid getting sued.

1991 brought the landmark debut album Ten, a popular peak for the grunge movement and one of the more influential rock albums of the '90s. The singles "Even Flow" and "Jeremy" joined Vedder's audition song "Alive" as the hits, all three marked the compassion for misfits that became one of Vedder's trademarks, along with his dramatic baritone voice.

Not always comfortable with arena-level success, Pearl Jam tested the boundaries by sometimes refusing to make videos, and by famously boycotting Ticketmaster. Nonetheless each new album-- even deliberately noncommercial ones like 1996's No Code and 2000's Binaural-- strengthened Vedder and the band's position as superstars.

Vedder made numerous appearances outside the band, appearing on disc with Bad Religion and R.E.M., and onstage with the Who, Neil Finn and the Ramones (the entire band also did a celebrated tour and album, Mirror Ball, with Neil Young). He also promoted environmental causes and supported the campaigns of Ralph Nader in 2000, Barack Obama in 2008 and Bernie Sanders in 2016; he's been equally passionate in his support of the Chicago Cubs.

His two solo albums both fall outside the Pearl Jam template, 2007's Into the Wild being a film soundtrack and 2011's Ukelele Songs being just that (He became the first rock superstar to do an all-uke tour behind it). 2018 brought another string of stadium dates for Pearl Jam, who promised an album in 2019.

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Stevie Van Zandt: DiscipleStream

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2024

Stevie Van Zandt

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2024

Vax Live: A Concert to Reunite the World

Music Performer
Special
2021

Pearl Jam: Let's Play Two

Music Performer
Show
2021

One World: Together at Home

Actor
Show
2020

Eddie Vedder: Matter of Time

Music Performer
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2020

Eddie Vedder: Say Hi

Music Performer
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2020

Eddie Vedder: Say Hi (Live)

Music Performer
Show
2019

Return to Mount Kennedy

Actor
Movie
2019

Return to Mount Kennedy

Original Music
Movie
2019

Twin PeaksStream

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Edward Louis Severson III
Series
2017

Gleason

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2016

Eddie Vedder: Water on the Road

Actor
Show
2014

Made in America

Self
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2013

Her Aim Is True

Executive Producer
Movie
2013

12.12.12 The Concert for Sandy Relief

Music Performer
Show
2012

Eddie Vedder: Guaranteed

Music Performer
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2012

Eddie Vedder: Sleeping By Myself

Music Performer
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2012

Pearl Jam Twenty

Actor
Show
2011

Change Begins Within

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Show
2011

PortlandiaStream

Guest Star
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2011
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Eddie Vedder: Can't Keep

Music Performer
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2011

Eddie Vedder: Longing to Belong

Music Performer
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2011

Pearl Jam Twenty

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2011

The 32nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors

Music Performer
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2009

The People Speak

Actor
Show
2009

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon

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Talk
2009

Into the WildStream

Original Music
Movie
2007
83%

Into the WildStream

Songs
Movie
2007
83%

Body of War

Original Music
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2007

Captain Mike Across America

Actor
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2007

Pearl Jam: Single Video Theory

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1998

Hype!

Original Music
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1996

Dead Man WalkingStream

Original Music
Movie
1995
95%

Late Show With David Letterman

Music Performer
Talk
1993

SinglesStream

Self
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1992
79%

Great PerformancesStream

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Franchise
1972

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