10. PEARL JAM “Vs.” THE WORLD
There was little doubt that Pearl Jam was the biggest band in the world when their sophomore LP, Vs., was released in October of 1993. It sold an astonishing 1.3 million copies during its first week of release, a record-setting figure that no one dreamt possible at the time. However, instead of embracing their public, the band did all they could to retreat from the spotlight; they didn’t release a single music video from the album, instead choosing to connect directly with the fans during a massively successful tour that fall.
11. TAKIN’ THEIR SHOW TO CAPITOL HILL
Pearl Jam became infuriated with one of the biggest corporate giants of the era, Ticketmaster, when they found out that the monolithic monopoly were adding service fees to their concert ticket prices. In an unprecedented move, the band boycotted Ticketmaster, which scuttled a planned summer 1994 tour, but allowed Jeff Ament (left) and Stone Gossard (right) time to testify in front of Congress about Ticketmaster’s policies and practices. This battle lasted for years and certainly cost Pearl Jam some valuable exposure (not to mention moolah), but more importantly, this fight solidified Pearl Jam as being an act that is willing to pay the ultimate price and go to war for their principles and their fans.