Pearl Jam was formed in Seattle, Washington in 1990. Eddie Vedder headed north from San Diego to become the lead singer after a buddy passed along a demo tape. He recorded vocals for three songs, sent them to Seattle, and within weeks joined the band. Pearl Jam broke into the mainstream with the success of their debut album, Ten, released in 1991. They proved to be one of the most influential bands of the grunge movement. To date Pearl Jam has sold an estimated 60 million records worldwide. Eddie Vedder, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, Mike McCready and Matt Cameron continue to write, record and tour their music for fans around the world.
This multi-platinum group are also surf and skateboarding enthusiasts. Vedder surfs the North Shore and bassist Jeff Ament had a pool built in his house to skate. Their uncompromising attitude against the music establishment, passion for board sports and the fact that they have worn Vans forever were reasons for one of our coolest music projects to date. Proceeds from the Vans/Pearl Jam collab shoe go to the new Pine Ridge, SD skatepark being built by Grindline.