October 4, 2010
Eddie Vedder is the lead singer of a band called Pearl Jam, he was born December 23, 1964 in Chicago Illinois. He was actually born with the name of Edward Louis Severson II. When Vedder was just one year old his parents, Karen Lee Vedder and Edward Louis Severson Jr. divorced. His mother remarried soon after to a man named Peter Muller and she changed Eddie’s last name to Muller. He was raised thinking his father was Mr. Muller. The mid-70’s Eddie and his family moved to San Diego County, California. His mother gave him a guitar for his twelfth birthday and it was then he started enjoying music. One of his favorite bands was “The Who” he enjoyed their album Quadrophenia. His parents Divorced when he was sixteen and his mother and half brothers moved back to Chicago but, he decided to stay with his stepfather. He wanted to stay so he did not have to change schools. He stated that “When I was around 15 or 16…I felt all alone…I was all-except for music.” After the divorce he finally found out that Muller was not actually his father. When Vedder found out who his biological father was he had passed away from multiple sclerosis.
Vedder’s senior year he was living on his own, he had a night job at a drug store. Vedder eventually dropped out of school and moved back with this mother in Chicago. He could not handle working and trying to go to school. He then changed his name to Eddie Vedder, Vedder is his mothers maiden name. In the early 80’s Eddie was working and was able to get his high school GED. He then moved back to San Diego California with his girlfriend at the time. He was busy working and recording demo’s in his home.
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Vedder had many durations with different bands such as Surf and Destroy and The Butts. Eddie Vedder first became a vocalist with a band called the Bad Radio this was in 1988. When he became the vocalist with the band they were influenced by the band Duran Duran. They then decided to change to alternative rock which they were influenced by Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
Vedder later decided to leave Bad Radio, so through out the 1990 Vedder did not have a band but was working part time as a gas attendant. Through the California music scene Vedder met Jack Irons who was the ex-drummer from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers they became good friends.
Irons one day gave Vedder a demo tape of a band in Seattle Washington that was looking for a lead vocalist. Vedder wrote lyrics for three songs which he described as “mini opera”. They told a story about a young man that had been lied to about his paternity and that his real father is dead who grows up to become a serial killer, and is eventually imprisoned and sentenced to death. He recorded the vocals and mailed them back to the band in Seattle. These three songs later became “Pearl Jam’s Alive, Once, and Footsteps”
pearl jam was formed in 1990 by Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, also Mike McCready, when they recruited Vedder and drummer Dave Krusen. They were originally named Mookie Blaylock when the record company epic recorders made them change there name when they were signed in 1991. After recording there album “Ten”drummer Dave Krusen left he was then replaced by Dave Abbruzzese. The Album Ten helped brake the band main stream, which the album became the best selling alternative rock for the 90’s. At the time bands from Seattle were called Grunge witch they found themselves labeled as a Grunge band. In 1993 their single “Jeremy” received a Grammy nomination for best rock song and best hard rock performance. Also in 1993 Pearl Jam received four awards at the MTV Music Awards. They went back into the studio to record VS which at the time became the most copies sold of a album in one week.
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The Band decided to decrease the promotion of their albums because the stress of success on Vedder really bothered him. Eddie was stated as “ “what happens when a lot of these people start thinking you can change their lives or save their lives or whatever and create these impossible fuckin’ expectations that in the end just start tearing you apart.” In 1994 Pearl Jam boycotted Ticketmaster which ended up lasting for three years which the band did not tour the United States much. This same year the band fired Abbruzzese for political differences. He was replaced by ex drummer of Sound Garden Matt Cameron. In 1996 they released Vitalogy and in 1998 they released Yield. The band has a total of nine albums and each are greatly successful as the last.
Vedder also has done many solo projects which one of his biggest was “Into the Wild” soundtrack in 2007. He wrote and produced all the songs of the soundtrack In 2008 Vedder won a Golden Globe for the song Guaranteed on the soundtrack of “Into the Wild”. Also in 2008 Vedder did is his first solo tour.
Vedder though he had what seems a hard childhood has manage to over come many obstacles. He is a very influential person. Nothing seems to get in his way of making his dreams come true. Music was more of a comforting to him then anything else. If you ask anyone who pearl jam is or who is Eddie Vedder they could name at least one song or an album.