Have We Got a Little Story for You: 20 Years of Pearl Jam

by Jessica Letkemann , John Reynolds , Kathy Davis on September 13, 2010

Pearl Jam turns 20

A riff. A Les Paul and a Marshall amp. A cassette of instrumentals recorded with old and new friends. The search for a singer. Some rehearsals and then a nervous first show.

This sequence of events is how hundreds of bands have formed, but only a select few have survived through 20 years of both success and media scrutiny, sold millions of records, and yet emerged with such an amazing body of music, a dedicated fan base and a reputation up there with Rock ‘N’ Roll’s all-time greats.

We’re proud that Pearl Jam is still not only alive, but thriving, so TwoFeetThick.com is excited to kick off our celebration of Pearl Jam’s 20th anniversary today – September 13!

“Wait a minute”, you say. “Isn’t October 22 – the date of their first show – considered their ‘birthday’ or ‘anniversary’?” Well, you could say that, but today marks a critical date in the band’s origin.

Our coverage begins with the “Momma-Son” songs: the 3-song tape that combined Stone’s riffs, participation by Jeff, Mike and Matt, and Eddie’s timeless lyrics. There is no better time to start than the first time the music of the complete current lineup came together. Twenty-years ago, on September 13, 1990, a sleep-deprived Eddie Vedder went surfing, recorded some lyrics on top of Stone’s trademark riffs, and the rest is history.

Digest this information, then over the next few months, we will be bringing you coverage of Pearl Jam’s origins that we are confident will blow your minds. The story of Pearl Jam’s birth is awesome already, but we’ve gathered all of the details of their amazing formation – bringing together known facts with many previously-uncovered events! And coming in October, one of us has a special gift for Pearl Jam fans that we’re so excited about, we can barely contain ourselves.

Read along, and join us in the celebration that is Pearl Jam’s 20th year as a band.

September 13, 2010

October 13, 2010

October 18, 2010

Momma-Son Cassette

Momma-Son Cassette

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Gossard 1990 Demo

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1990: The Making of Pearl Jam

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November 13, 2010

One-Night Thing: Temple of the Dog Live, 1990

One-Night Thing: Temple of the Dog Live, 1990

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Son”, she said, “Have I got a little story for you…”


mickmuiseTwoFeetThick.com’s “PJ20″ banner and special logo provided by uber-fan Michelle Muise. Michelle is the Art Director for the New England Patriots, and during tours can be spotted about 6th row at most shows. She provided all the graphics for our last redesign and we can’t thank her enough!

Jessica Letkemann ( Twitter: @Letkemann )
TFT co-editor Jessica Letkemann is a New York based digital music journalist & editor. She's currently VP & Editor-In-Chief of Digital at Fuse Media (Fuse.tv) and was previously managing editor of Billboard.com. She has also been on staff at Spin and Premiere magazines. Her first Pearl Jam show was at Lollapalooza on August 2, 1992.
John Reynolds ( Twitter: @jjjrrr )
A New Jersey based programmer, John handles TFT’s programming and technical aspects. He also conceives and writes his share of TFT’s articles and sections. John’s first Pearl Jam show was at Lollapalooza on August 12, 1992.
Kathy Davis ( Twitter: @CrookedArm23 )
A Bay-Area based entrepreneur, co-editor Kathy conceives and writes her share of TFT’s articles and sections. She was co-editor/co-founder of one of the first Pearl Jam fanzines "Footsteps" (1992-1997). Kathy’s first Pearl Jam show was at the Bridge School Benefit on November 1, 1992.

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