Formed in Seattle in 1990, Pearl Jam were one of the pioneers of the alternative rock movement that changed music forever. Led by the frontman Eddie Vedder, their breakout debut album Ten, released in 1991, had a lasting impact on the scene, achieving mainstream success. They’ve inspired countless bands with their hits, including ‘Black’, ‘Jeremy’, ‘Alive’ and ‘Rearviewmirror’.
They’ve also been hugely commercially successful with more than 85 million albums sold worldwide and were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2017, their first year of eligibility. Since 1990, they have cultivated a reputation for being one of the most incredible live acts of all time. In 2018, the band performed two nights at the O2 Arena in London to rave reviews, with Classic Rock calling their last London show an “astonishing end-of-tour blow out”.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pearl Jam’s 2020 tour in support of their critically acclaimed new album Gigaton was postponed before it began. But lockdown didn’t stop the Seattle rockers from giving fans a first taste of what Gigaton will sound like live - they performed a socially distanced version of “Dance of the Clairvoyants” in June as part of ‘All in WA’, a COVID-19 relief livestream event. Next summer, Hyde Park will finally get to enjoy the new music live, along with a host of incredible hits. It’s been just over 30 years since the band’s formation and two nights at BST Hyde Park next year is the double celebration we’ve all been waiting for.