Pearl Jam’s Induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Pearl Jam
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A lifelong athlete and former football coach, Evan Loring works as a senior manager for Congruity, where his contributions have grown the revenue of the company’s Enterprise Business segments to $10 million annually. In his personal life, Evan Loring is a fan of grunge band Pearl Jam.

Earlier this year in April, Pearl Jam was honored with an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. During the ceremony, which took place at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, comedian David Letterman inducted the band. Letterman was a last-minute replacement for Neil Young, who had to cancel due to health concerns.

Aside from praising the band’s music, Letterman took the time to praise Pearl Jam for striving to acknowledge injustice and never being afraid to respond to it. Later in the evening, frontman Eddie Vedder did just that during his acceptance speech, changing the topic to climate change, describing it as a major crisis and wondering how future generations will see us if we fail to act.

After each band member had given an acceptance speech, the group performed hit songs “Better Man,” “Alive,” and “Given to Fly.” The event was capped off with an Eddie Vedder-led all-star rendition of the Neil Young song “Rockin’ in the Free World.”

Pearl Jam Chosen for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2017

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Pearl Jam
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As a senior manager at Congruity, Evan Loring has played a leading role in growing the IT consultancy’s enterprise business revenue to over $10 million per year. A former collegiate athlete and wide receiver coach for university football programs, Evan Loring enjoys spending his free time staying active and listening to his favorite bands, which include Pearl Jam.

As December 2016 drew to a close, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the newest inductees into its collection of globally influential musicians. The artists poised to join the Hall of Fame in its 32nd annual induction ceremony represent a wide range of musical styles, time periods, and locales. As described by Rock and Roll Hall of Frame CEO Joel Peresman, “Rock and roll means so many things to so many different people,” and the 2017 Hall of Fame exemplifies this by highlighting artists from all corners of the rock genre.

The 2017 class honors Pearl Jam, who helped to spearhead the Seattle grunge genre and are joining the Hall of Fame in their very first year of eligibility. Recognized alongside Pearl Jam are 1960s folk rocker Joan Baez, Great Britain’s Yes and Electric Light Orchestra, and Journey, the San Francisco-based purveyors of 80s rock anthems. Branching out into hip-hop as an offshoot of rock and roll, the 2017 Hall of Fame class also features the late Tupac Shakur, the iconic rapper whose verses helped to define the early hip-hop movement.

Pearl Jam Plays Classic Albums Ten and Vs. in Their Entirety on Tour

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Pearl Jam
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Evan Loring is a Pembroke, Massachusetts, technology professional who serves as senior cloud solutions manager with MSDI. A music lover, Evan Loring enjoys rock and alternative acts such as Florence and the Machine and Pearl Jam. Active since the early 1990s during the grunge era, Pearl Jam has emerged over the decades as an enduringly creative force in American music.

In April 2016, Eddie Vedder and his bandmates headed back out on tour with a new album-centered approach. Playing in Greenville, South Carolina, Vedder realized it was “Record Store Day” and suggested that the band play their second LP “Vs.” in its entirety.

This experience was such a success that Pearl Jam pulled out a full live rendition of their debut album “Ten” two weeks later. Featuring thematically linked songs, this album had only been previously performed straight through on two occasions, in 1993 and 2006.

Pearl Jam is known for their extended live concerts, and their performance of “Ten” only took them one-third of the way through an enthusiastically received show in Philadelphia that also included covers of The Who’s “Baba O’Riley” and Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb.” Guitarist Jeff Ament now talks about the band feeling inspired by the touring experience to record a new album.