Pearl Jam’s rise to top – from heroin overdose tragedy to massive Hyde Park headliners

Pearl Jam will be celebrating their million-selling career with two massive headlining shows at Hyde Park. The Seattle grunge rock band did not take the easy route to the top, but they will be celebrating with two massive headlining shows at Hyde Park. Pearl Jam has emerged from tragedy, shunned the release of singles, and boycotted Ticketmaster, and is now prepared to rock Hyde Park for two nights.

On Friday, July 8 and Saturday, July 9, the Seattle grunge megastars will headline the British Summer Time (BST) festival, following in the footsteps of The Rolling Stones, Adele, and Eagles, performing on the Great Oak Stage after big-draw support acts such as the Pixies and Stereophonics. However, the band has not always taken the path of least resistance.

In the 1990s, a band that sold millions of records sued Ticketmaster over its perceived monopoly in the concert industry and continued to boycott the company even after dropping the suit. In addition, they have historically shunned interviews and music videos, even preventing their label from releasing the dark but catchy single Black from their breakthrough album Ten.

Even the formation of the band was marred by a tragedy from which other musicians may not have recovered. How was Pearl Jam created? Pearl Jam arose from the ashes of a Seattle-based band known as Mother Love Bone. The worlds of Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament shattered when the lead singer of their band was discovered dead from a heroin overdose just weeks before the release of their debut album.

Andrew Wood was the charismatic frontman of the grunge band Mother Love Bone, whose lyrics were attracting attention for their depth of meaning. Even after a stint in rehab, the 24-year-old was unable to overcome his heroin addiction, and he was discovered dead in 1990 by his girlfriend. In response to the devastating news, guitarist Gossard began composing harder-edged riffs, giving him the framework for new songs but no one to sing them.

Eddie Vedder, a Californian vocalist, flew to Seattle to audition for Pearl Jam after receiving a five-track demo tape containing Pearl Jam’s massive debut single, Alive. He landed the position after impressing and earning a guest spot on the album by supergroup Temple Of The Dog, comprised of members of Soundgarden and Mother Love Bone in tribute to the recently deceased Wood.

Stone, Gossard, and Vedder initially collaborated with guitarist Mike McCready and drummer Dave Krusen under the name Mookie Blaylock, a basketball player at the time, before adopting the renowned Pearl Jam moniker. The band recorded and released their debut album Ten in 1991, which went on to sell over 13 million copies in the United States alone and cemented their place in rock music history.

Who will perform alongside Pearl Jam in Hyde Park? Support acts will range from household names to up-and-coming artists, giving those with tickets to both nights of Pearl Jam’s London performances a reason to arrive early. As main support for Vedder and co. on Friday, Pixies will bring killer tracks such as “Monkey Gone to Heaven” and “Debaser.” Cat Power, White Reaper, The Murder Capital, The Glorious Sons, Simon Townshend, La Luz, Sick Joy, October Drift, Fatherson, Life, Dream Nails, and Daytime TV will perform prior to them.

Saturday’s main support will be provided by the Welsh band Stereophonics, along with indie rock royalty and The Smiths songwriter Johnny Marr. The crowd of 65,000 will first be entertained by Imelda May, Temples, The Last Internationale, La Luz, The Wild Things, JJ Wilde, Tigercub, Whispering Sons, Petrol Girls, James and the Cold Gun, Peaks!, and Connor Selby.

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