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Overview (4)

Born in Evanston, Illinois, USA
Birth NameEdward Louis Severson III
Nicknames Crazy Eddie
Ed
Height 5' 6½" (1.69 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Eddie Vedder was known in San Diego for being a surfer and a singer in the progressive rock band Bad Radio, where he sang in the 80's until he departed to join Pearl Jam in 1990. Right before Eddie left, Bad Radio opened for Andy Summers at the Bucchanal in San Diego. After the show, Eddie jumped off stage to talk to a pal of his, who had predicted Bad Radio winning at a competition late in the late 80's. Eddie was poor and desperate, and found strong encouragement in the words of his friend Boris, who predicted once again his huge success. Boris Acosta is now a film producer and director.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Paola

Spouse (2)

Jill McCormick (18 September 2010 - present) ( 2 children)
Beth Liebling (3 June 1994 - 2000) ( divorced)

Trade Mark (4)

Usually uncommunicative in interviews
Powerful, baritone voice
Often invokes the use of storytelling and sympathy for troubled individuals
Songs about personal, social, and political themes

Trivia (16)

Lead singer for Seattle grunge band, Pearl Jam.
Arrested and charged with drunkeness and disturbing the peace, November 18, 1993, along with then White Sox pitcher Jack McDowell, after the two scuffled with bar patrons in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Is a vinyl fanatic and avid surfer.
Vedder was born Edward Louis Severson III in 1964. He spent most of his childhood under the impression that his stepfather (last name Mueller) was his real father. Later he changed his last name from "Mueller" to "Vedder," which is his mother's maiden name.
Musical influences include The Who, Neil Young, and The Doors.
Supported Green Party candidate Ralph Nader in the 2000 elections.
Was in the San Diego band, 'Bad Radio', which won a music contest set up by Z90, a rock radio station. At this event, he met a new friend, Boris, who forecast to him that his band would be the winner. Sometime later on, Boris, encourage Eddie, during hard times, to not give up because he was sure he was gonna make it.
Daughters, Olivia, born June 11th 2004, and Harper Moon Margaret, born September 23, 2008. Mother is Jill McCormick.
In fall of 2004, as a member of Pearl Jam, he participated in the Vote for Change concert tour organized to encourage the defeat of George W. Bush in the U.S. presidential election.
Wrote the song "Alive" after learning the man he presumed to be his father was actually his step-father.
Admires American writer Kurt Vonnegut Jr..
Vedder is also a big fan of "The Ramones". In 1996, he traveled incognito with them to Argentina when "The Ramones" said goodbye to the stages there, in the tour "Adiós Ramones".
Ranked #64 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists.
After doing a small east coast and midwest tour promoting his self released album "Ukulele Songs," Eddie Vedder will be joining his band mates over Labor Day weekend in Alpine Valley, Wisconsin to celebrate the band's 20th anniversary. The celebration, named Pearl Jam Twenty, will be a two day festival with big name acts performing following with Pearl Jam closing each night. After Pearl Jam Twenty, Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam will embark on a small Canadian tour followed by a Central and South American tour. [July 2011]
Was best friends with Chris Cornell, who initiated him into the Seattle music scene.
Wrote the song "4/20/02" in the night that he found out about Layne Staley's death, on April 20, 2002. Vedder also paid tribute to Staley during a Pearl Jam concert in Chicago on August 22, 2016, which would be Staley's 49th birthday; "It's the birthday of a guy called Layne Staley tonight, and we're thinking of him tonight too. 49 years old", Vedder told the crowd before dedicating the song "Man of the Hour" to his late friend.

Personal Quotes (9)

I don't need drugs. Life is already tragic enough.
It's not a bad time to be me.
"Every time I see the Spice Girls, it makes me want to try to fly by climbing my roof and strapping bricks to my shoes".
The love received is the love that is saved.
I just think that all of us in this room should have a voice in how the USA is represented. And he don't allow us our voice, that's all I'm saying.
If it's a good cause, I'll play just about anything.
(about the song "Jeremy") It came from a small paragraph in a paper which means you kill yourself and you make a big old sacrifice and try to get your revenge. That all you're gonna end up with is a paragraph in a newspaper. Sixty-three degrees and cloudy in a suburban neighborhood. That's the beginning of the video and that's the same thing is that in the end, it does nothing ... nothing changes. The world goes on and you're gone. The best revenge is to live on and prove yourself. Be stronger than those people. And then you can come back.
[on the Roskilde tragedy - SPIN magazine, September 2000] I never really spoke with anybody about Roskilde. It's the most brutal experience we ever had. I'm still trying to come to grips with it. Right before we went on that night, we got a phone call. Chris Cornell and his wife, Susan, had a daughter that day. And also a sound guy left a day early, 'cause he was going to have a child. It brought me to tears, I was so happy. We were walking out onstage that night with two new names in our heads. And in 45 minutes everything changed.
[on what he thinks of Chris Cornell's LP with Timbaland - Uncut Magazine, September 2009] I haven't heard it. Isn't Timbaland a make of shoe? It's a producer? I don't know who that is. Oh well. I really like Chris' records and I think he's the best singer that we've got on the planet. I first met Chris when I moved to Seattle, and we started hanging around. I didn't know what musicians did with their life, and I quickly realized that what he did on a Friday night was to get a 12-pack of shitty beer and chase his dog around on the mud for four hours in the forest. That was about an exciting an epiphany as I had! I haven't seen him in town for a while, but I have taken over the whole dog-chasing practice - me and my Hawaiian mutt. The beer's gotten slightly better too.

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