Video: The first concert of Pearl Jam, October 22, 1990

When the members of Mookie Blaylock took the stage at Seattle’s Off Ramp Cafe on October 22nd, 1990, they didn’t even know each other well. Just weeks earlier they had hired drummer Jack Irons’ basketball buddy Eddie Vedder as their new singer. As you can see in the video, he’s rightfully shy, and it took some time for him to grow into his soon-to-be legendary frontman status.