His mother soon remarried, to a man named Peter Mueller. Vedder was raised believing that Mueller was his biological father, and he went by the name Edward Mueller for a time. It was at this point that Vedder, who had received a guitar from his mother on his twelfth birthday, began turning to music as well as surfing as a source of comfort.
He particularly found solace in The Who 's album, Quadrophenia. I felt all alone I was all alone—except for music. His mother and brothers moved back to the Chicago area, but Vedder remained with his stepfather in California so he would not have to change high schools.
After the divorce, Vedder learned the truth about his parentage: Mueller was really his stepfather. Vedder had met his biological father briefly as a child, but had believed that Severson was merely an old friend of his parents. By the time Vedder learned the truth, Severson had died of multiple sclerosis. By his senior year at San Dieguito High School , Vedder was on his own, living in an apartment and supporting himself with a nightly job at a drug store in Encinitas. In the early s, while working as a waiter, Eddie earned his high school GED , and briefly attended a community college near Chicago.
He kept busy recording demo tapes at his home and working various jobs, including a position as a contracted security guard at the La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla. The music of the original incarnation of the band was influenced by Duran Duran ; however, after Vedder joined Bad Radio, the band moved on to a more alternative rock sound influenced by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Temple of the Dog In the s he worked part-time as a night attendant at a local gas station.
He listened to the tape shortly before going surfing , where lyrics came to him. The songs tell the story of a young man who, like Vedder, learns that he had been lied to about his paternity and that his real father is dead, grows up to become a serial killer, and is eventually imprisoned and sentenced to death.
They were instantly impressed with his unique sound. At the time, Gossard and Ament were working on the Temple of the Dog project founded by Soundgarden 's Chris Cornell as a musical tribute to Mother Love Bone's frontman Andrew Wood , who died of a heroin overdose at age The song " Hunger Strike " became a duet between Cornell and Vedder.
Cornell later said of Vedder that "he sang half of that song not even knowing that I'd wanted the part to be there and he sang it exactly the way I was thinking about doing it, just instinctively. I feel like I could be real proud of it — because one, I didn't write it, and two, it was such a nice way to be ushered onto vinyl for the first time. I'm indebted to Chris [Cornell] time eternal for being invited onto that track.
Ten brought the band into the mainstream, and became one of the best selling alternative albums of the s, being certified 13x Platinum. The band found itself amidst the sudden popularity and attention given to the Seattle music scene and the genre known as grunge. Vedder had declined to participate, and was upset with the magazine about the cover. Upon its release, Vs.
Vedder would refer to the issue in the song "Lukin" from No Code. Later that same year the band released its third studio album, Vitalogy , which became the band's third straight album to reach multi-platinum status. It was at this time that Vedder began to be featured more on rhythm guitar, as well as on back up vocals and some drumming. The pressure of fame is a common theme of Vedder's songs on the album.
In , prior to Pearl Jam's U. Yield Tour , Irons left the band due to dissatisfaction with touring. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers. It was released on the band's fan club Christmas single; however, by popular demand, the cover was released to the public as a single in In , the band released its sixth studio album, Binaural , and initiated a successful and ongoing series of official bootlegs.
The band released seventy-two such live albums in and , and set a record for most albums to debut in the Billboard at the same time. The band released its ninth studio album, Backspacer , in and its tenth studio album, Lightning Bolt , in Vedder uses the pseudonym "Jerome Turner" on Pearl Jam records for his non-musical contributions such as design and artwork.
He has also used the pseudonym "Wes C. Other musical projects[ edit ] Soundtrack contributions[ edit ] Vedder has contributed solo material to several soundtracks and compilations, including the soundtracks for the films Dead Man Walking , I Am Sam , A Brokedown Melody , Body of War , and Reign Over Me Into the Wild soundtrack Eddie Vedder at Auditorium Theater, Vedder contributed an album's worth of songs to the soundtrack for the film, Into the Wild.
The soundtrack was released on September 18, through J Records. He said, "There were fewer choices. The story was there and the scenes were there. The first single from the album, "Longing to Belong", was released through digital retailers on March