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October 22, 1990. Pearl Jam plays out for the very first time. Except they’re not Pearl Jam yet: they’re Mookie Blaylock.


Real PJ heads know that, of course. Named after the New Jersey Nets basketballer, Eddie Vedder and Co. would soon ditch the Mookie moniker in favor of Pearl Jam, but not before their live debut at the Off Ramp Cafe in Seattle. For the 25th anniversary of the momentous gig, Ultimate Classic Rock put this account together. We tracked down a pretty raw crowd-shot video of the set if you want to relive the moment below.

'Mookie Blaylock' [Pearl Jam] First Show (22/10/1990)

Mookie Blaylock performed their first live show at the Off Ramp Cafe in Seattle. attendance: 299 supporting: Inspector Luv and the Ride Me Babies (who later ...