By now, you know what happened to the band I had just formed with two other friends in the early ’90s, Pearl Jam.
They sold out stadiums and sold out arenas, and they were one of the biggest acts of the decade.
The band had been the center of my life since I was six years old.
It had become my life, and it had always been my band.
I wanted to be a songwriter, I wanted my own band.
So, the band, called Pearl Jam, was born.
The band was a fusion of three distinct styles: bluegrass, blues, and rock and roll.
The name “Pearl Jam” was a nod to the original three members: John Piper, founding member, guitarist, and bassist, as well as drummer, Bill Evans.
Piper joined the band as a teenager in 1984, at age 19, when he was the youngest of the three, and joined after a friend of his, Joe Walsh, had left the group to form his own group, The Mamas and the Papas.
He was initially a fan of The Moms and the PAPAS, which he said “wouldn’t work” with the band’s other two members.
After a brief stint in the band with Evans, Piper left in 1987.
“We were in the middle of a great period,” he told Rolling Stone.
“It was a period of time where I really needed a break.
And so I started writing songs, trying to do my own thing.”
After a decade of writing songs for the band that he didn’t feel quite satisfied with, Piper decided to form a new band.
He wanted to “take the band back to a place where I could feel comfortable,” he said, and he wanted to do so by putting out a new album.
He and his then-girlfriend, singer Katy Perry, started working with producer Chris Cornell, and in 1990 they recorded a new EP called the band was born, and the name was changed to Pearl Jam in 1993.
Pearl Jams debut album, Pearl, was released in 1993, and became the bands first number one album, and number three album overall.
Pipers new bandmates, Paul Westerberg, the bassist and songwriter for Pearl Jam and one of its biggest stars, and Billy Gibbons, a producer on the band for nearly 20 years, were hired in the summer of 1994 to help produce the record.
The group’s first two albums, “Love & Mercy” and “Black Hole Sun,” had been released that year.
“Black, Love & Mercy,” released in 1995, was the bandís first number two album, while “Love, Mercy, & Freedom” in 1996, also released by Pearl, reached number three on the Billboard 200.
The group’s third album, “The Piperatons Greatest Hits,” was released two years later, in 1998.
“Love Again,” the bandâs fourth album, was another number three hit.
In 2002, the group released a five-song album, which included the singles “Sweet Caroline,” “Dancing in the Dark,” and “The Night Before Christmas.”
In 2007, they released a follow-up album, called “Sugar Magnolia.”
In the spring of 2009, Pearl released its ninth studio album, the follow-ups “Pearle Jam in the Morning,” and the follow up, “Let It Go.”
In the fall of 2010, the three band members announced that they were splitting up, and on January 31, 2011, they announced the breakup.
But Pearl Jam continued on, playing their final shows at the Fillmore East, in Manhattan, New York, the following year.
They announced that in 2018, they would reissue their best-selling albums, which were, of course, their best ones.
“We have been together for seven years, and we’ve learned so much about the music business and the process of getting an album made,” Paul Westerfeld said in a statement.
“That has been the greatest learning experience of our lives, and I am grateful for our journey together.”
“We’ve all made great friends over the years, we have a great appreciation for each other and for the music industry,” Piper added.
“This is a great opportunity for us to reunite for the last time, to play together, and let the world know that we still love each other.”
We’ll be celebrating the end of a journey and a legacy in the Pearl Jam way, said Pearl Jam singer/guitarist Jeff Tweedy in a press release.
We’ll be giving you an opportunity to meet some of the best in the business, and you’ll be able to watch our incredible music and tour history as we’re honored to have played on such a landmark tour.””
There’s been so much music made, but we still want to be part of that