The Ultimate Pearl Jam Quiz

By: Staff

4 Min Quiz

Which corporation did Pearl Jam famously boycott?

The band argued against the Ticketmaster's monopolization of concert venues.

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What year did Pearl Jam form?

The band assembled in 1990 in Seattle, ground zero for grunge.

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What is the band's highest ranking song?

"Last Kiss," which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard charts, is actually a cover of a 1961 song by Wayne Cochran.

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The band decided not to make any music videos for which album?

The band didn't make any music videos for "Vs.," because the members were afraid their videos would overshadow their music.

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What is the name of the band's bass player?

Ament has also released two solo albums.

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The band members frequently refer to which band as one of their major influences?

They emulated some of the jangling guitars and impenetrable lyrics of The Who.

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At which baseball field did the band debut its song "Lightning Bolt"?

They played the song two nights in a row at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

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A former member of which band told Eddie Vedder to audition for the fledgling version of Pearl Jam?

Jack Irons, the founding drummer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, actually joined Pearl Jam for a time, as well.

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What was the band's first tentative name?

Mookie Blaylock is the name of a retired NBA player.

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What other band does drummer Matt Cameron still play with?

He is also the drummer for Soundgarden, another band that had great success in the 1990s.

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The band refused to make a video for which hit song?

The band refused to make a video for "Black," the start of a trend in which it refused to commercialize every bit of its popularity.

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What was the name of the band made of bandmates from Pearl Jam and Soundgarden?

Temple of the Dog had a few hits of its own, thanks in part to the band's star power.

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Why did Jack Irons leave Pearl Jam?

Irons said he was tired of touring and wanted to be in a slower-paced environment.

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What is Eddie Vedder's favorite sport?

He is a well-documented hoops junkie.

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Which president did Pearl Jam vehemently oppose?

During his term, the band constantly spoke out against Bush's policies.

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What did Kurt Cobain call Pearl Jam?

He publicly derided Pearl Jam as a corporate fabrication.

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What last name did Eddie Vedder first use?

Mueller was his stepfather's last name.

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In 2000 a crowd stampede killed nine fans at a Pearl Jam concert in which country?

The tragedy in Denmark ended the tour and permanently affected the band members.

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How many live albums did the band release in 2000 and 2001?

The band released 72 live albums in those years. There was an insatiable thirst for their live recordings.

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The song "Jeremy" is about what topic?

It's based on a real-life suicide in Texas.

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How many drummers did the band burn through before it finally released the album "Ten"?

It went through three drummers, but getting the right combination of band members was worth the wait.

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After the 9/11 attacks, Pearl Jam performed which song with Neil Young at the "America: A Tribute to Heroes" concert?

They performed "Long Road" at the concert, which happened only 10 days after the attacks.

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Which album was first released on vinyl?

It was a full two weeks later when the CD version hit stores.

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Which band member took the picture of the sheep that appears on the cover of "Vs."?

Ament took the photo of the sheep, which is pictured trying to gnaw through a fence.

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What is one of Vedder's favorite pastimes?

He's thought through many song compositions while riding waves.

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Which album was the first to fail to reach multiplatinum status?

"No Code" is sometimes regarded as inconsistent.

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What theme does the song "Alive" address?

The song addresses incest, but many fans have misinterpreted the lyrics.

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Which band were Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament a part of before Pearl Jam?

Mother Love Bone's lead singer, Andrew Wood, died of a drug overdose, and the group disbanded.

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Jeff Ament once said that the album "Ten" was just an excuse to do what?

The band's onstage intensity helped it seize a huge, rabid audience.

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How long did it take the band to come up with 10 songs for its self-titled album?

The band wrote 25 songs and whittled them down to 13.

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