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Eddie Vedder, lead singer of the grunge rock band Pearl Jam, is known for belting out hits like "Evenflow," "Alive" and "Jeremy."
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Furthering their anti-mainstream stance, Pearl Jam refused to produce any videos for songs from their second release, Vs., which came out in 1993 and featured a new drummer, Dave Abbruzzese. In addition, the band's summer 1994 tour was canceled when the band entered into a heated battle over high ticket prices with Ticketmaster. The dispute was eventually settled in 1995 when the Justice Department sided with Ticketmaster.
The band's third album, Vitalogy,
featured yet another new drummer, this time Vedder's friend Jack Irons. Just like the first two albums, the record quickly climbed to the top of the charts and was registered multiplatinum. In 1995 the band teamed up with Neil Young for a European tour. The tour was so successful that Pearl Jam collaborated with Young on his 1995 release, Mirror Ball.
With a relatively low profile, Pearl Jam continued to put out well-received albums throughout the late 1990s, including No Code in 1996, Yield and the live album Live on Two Legs in 1998, and Binaural in 2000. The band released its ninth studio album, Backspacer, in 2009.
Vedder has also contributed to several soundtracks and compilations, including the soundtracks for the films Dead Man Walking, I Am Sam and Into the Wild.
In addition to his musical projects, Eddie Vedder is active in several environmental and pro-choice causes.
In 1994, Vedder married Beth Liebling, co-founder of the Seattle-based experimental instrumental group Hovercraft. The couple divorced in 2000.
In 2010, Vedder married his longtime girlfriend, Jill McCormick, at a small ceremony in Hawaii. The guest list included Sean Penn and singer Jack Johnson. Vedder and McCormick are the parents of two girls, Olivia and Harper Moon.
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