Eddie Vedder

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Eddie Vedder during a Pearl Jam concert (2006)
Eddie Vedder during a Pearl Jam concert (2006)
Chart positions
Explanation of the data
Into the Wild (Soundtrack)
  DE 68 09/28/2007 (3 weeks)
  CH 28 09/30/2007 (29 weeks)
  US 11 10/06/2007 (44 weeks)
Ukulele songs
  DE 18th 06/10/2011 (3 weeks)
  AT 13 06/10/2011 (5 weeks)
  CH 5 06/12/2011 (7 weeks)
  UK 49 06/11/2011 (1 week)
  US 4th 06/18/2011 (13 weeks)
Water on the Road - Live [DVD]
  DE 90 06/10/2011 (1 week)
My City of Ruins (Live from the Kennedy Center Honors)
  US 92 02/13/2010 (1 week)

Eddie Vedder (* 23. December 1964 in Evanston , Illinois as Edward Louis Severson III ) is an American singer , songwriter and guitarist . He is the front man of the grunge band Pearl Jam .


From 1988 to 1990 Eddie Vedder was a singer in the southern California grunge band Bad Radio.

In 1990 Stone Gossard ( rhythm guitar ) and Jeff Ament ( bass ) teamed up with the aim of forming a new band after the two musicians decided to continue making music after the death of Andrew Wood . Jack Irons (then drummer for the band Red Hot Chili Peppers ) played the recordings known as Stone Gossard Demos to his friend Vedder. Vedder, who had left the band Bad Radio at this point, took up the vocals for three of the songs that were not yet finished. This is how the so-called Mamasan Tape came about , with which he was included in the band that became Pearl Jam . In the following jam sessions, Vedder quickly emerged as the ideal complement to Chris Cornell and the long player Temple of the Dog was recorded. After this project Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Mike McCready as well as Dave Krusen and Eddie Vedder made a name for themselves as live musicians under the name "Mookie Blaylock".

Vedder also worked in 1990 with the tribute band Temple of the Dog and its album, which Chris Cornell of Soundgarden founded on the death of Andy Wood.

In addition to working with Pearl Jam, Vedder has collaborated and recorded songs with various other musicians, including Bad Religion , Fastbacks , Neil Finn , Neil Young , Jack Irons , Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan , Cat Power , REM , Supersuckers , The Strokes , Mike Watt , Gary Heffern , Wellwater Conspiracy , C-Average , Zeke, Beck, and The Who . Sometimes he uses the pseudonyms "Wes C. Addle" or "Jerome Turner".

Vedder wrote the soundtrack for Sean Penn's 2007 film Into the Wild . In April 2008 he went on a short tour along the west coast of the USA for the first time as a solo artist with the songs from the soundtrack . In May 2011 his second solo album Ukulele Songs was released , on which Vedder's singing and ukulele playing are the focus; Musicians friends Glen Hansard and Cat Power took part in two duets .

Family and personal life

Vedder had a difficult childhood in Evanston, near Chicago , Illinois . After his parents separated in 1965 when Eddie was only one year old, his mother married Peter Mueller. It took Eddie years to find out that Peter Mueller was not his birth father. In the mid-1970s, the family (with Eddie's three younger half-brothers) moved to San Diego County , California . During this time he received a guitar for his 12th birthday . This was also the time when Eddie discovered music for himself. At 15, Eddie was already living alone and resumed his mother's maiden name, Vedder, as his surname after his mother was divorced for the second time. It was at this time that he learned the truth about his birth father, a man he already knew but did not know that he was his father. Eddie Vedder expresses this shock in his song Alive . Eddie moved back to Chicago, where his mother already lived.

In 1984 he returned to San Diego with his then girlfriend (now ex-wife) Beth Liebling . He took on various jobs, including as a gas station attendant.

Eddie Vedder is an admirer of The Who and the Ramones , has a close friendship with Pete Townshend, and was a friend of Johnny Ramone . Vedder gave the laudatory speech for the Ramones' induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame . He is the president of a Ramones fan club. His hair, which was temporarily cut into a mohawk as a symbol against the wars in the USA, he let grow again after a short time.

In the fifth game of the Baseball World Series on October 30, 2016, Vedder sang the song Take Me Out to the Ball Game for the seventh-inning stretch at Wrigley Field in Chicago.

He has been married to the photo model Jill McCormick since September 18, 2010, with whom he has two daughters, Harper (* 2004) and Olivia (* 2008).

social commitment

Awards and nominations

  • 2007: Nomination for the Satellite Awards for the song Guaranteed from the movie Into the Wild
  • 2008: Golden Globe for the song Guaranteed from the movie Into the Wild
  • 2007: Nomination for a Grammy for the song Guaranteed from the movie Into the Wild



  • 1996: One Step Back (compilation)
  • 2005: The Molo Sessions (with The Walmer High School Choir)
  • 2007: Into the Wild (soundtrack of the film of the same name ) (CH:goldgold, UK: silversilver)
  • 2011: Ukulele Songs (The album cover shows an underwater sculpture by British artist Jason deCaires Taylor , entitled The Lost Correspondent )


  • 2011: Water on the Road: Eddie Vedder Live (DVD)


  • 2007: Hard Sun
  • 2008: All the Way
  • 2010: Better Days
  • 2010: My City of Ruins (Live from the Kennedy Center Honors)
  • 2011: Longing to Belong
  • 2012: Reggae Celebration EP
  • 2012: Golden State (Live) (with Natalie Maines )
  • 2012: Love Boat Captain
  • 2014: Imagine (Live)


  1. Albums DE UK US
  2. Singles
  3. ^ McCartney and Starr reunite in NYC for meditation. ( Memento of April 8, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) Reuters, April 5, 2009
  4. ^ Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr give concert. ( Memento of April 8, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) sueddeutsche.de, April 5, 2009
  5. Gold / platinum database CH UK

Web links

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