Pearl Jam Reportedly Sent 'Threatening Legal Letters' To Tribute Band
By Katrina Nattress
January 20, 2021
A Pearl Jam tribute band has found itself embroiled in a legal battle with Eddie Vedder and company. Pearl Jamm recently told BBC that the Seattle rockers' lawyers are demanding they make some changes.
"They've asked us to change the name of the band," guitarist Tim Love said. "They've asked us to hand over ... e-mail addresses, domain names and they've also asked us to destroy merchandise."
The UK cover band originated in 2016 and at time of writing has 9,255 likes on Facebook and 1,238 followers on Twitter; however, despite its modest fanbase, Pearl Jam is claiming Pearl Jamm's existence is damaging its brand — something Love just cannot believe.
"No one's ever come to a show," he continued, "got to the end of the show and came up to us demanding their money back because they were expecting to see Pearl Jam play at the Garage in Highbury."
Pearl Jamm issued an open letter to the band it loves so much, acknowledging their "disappointment" with the members and asking them to respond. Read the full message below.
To Eddie, Jeff, Stone, Mike, Matt, Boom; to Pearl Jam, you have broken our hearts.
You have known of our tribute band for years yet have waited until a global pandemic to have threatening legal letters sent. This isn’t the Pearl Jam we know and love, the Pearl Jam that stands up for social issues and against corporate giants. Yet your lawyers tell us it is indeed you, the band, that are behind this.
We know how Matt Cameron felt about his heroes, Kiss, when they took umbrage to his own tribute band ‘kiss’ (lower case). No one has ever confused us or our merchandise with you or your merchandise, and so to say that is “likely” is clearly nonsense. We have not caused you or your brand any damage whatsoever, in fact we have done quite the opposite.
Such was the pressure exerted by the aggressive wording of the legal letters we received, we have questioned whether we even want to continue. We know of at least one other tribute band that decided to call it a day over this. It may have been easier, cheaper and more effective for one of you to reach out to us personally. We would have done that for you. But not like this.
Your actions are out of character and unreasonable yet our love for the music endures. We sincerely hope that, despite confirmation to the contrary, you are blissfully unaware of actions being taken in your name. We invite you to respond either publicly or privately and rescind the legal threats that have been made.
We would like to thank our own fans who have shown us overwhelming support since this story broke and who have voiced equal disappointment in the actions of Pearl Jam
Santi, Richard, Matt, Tim & Andy (‘Pearl Jamm’)
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