In 1994, Pearl Jam, then one of the biggest bands in the world, decided to take ticket vendor behemoth Ticketmaster to task for adding vendor charges to its concert tickets. The Justice Department was investigating the company at the time, so guitarist Stone Gossard and bassist Jeff Ament testified on the matter before a congressional subcommittee. The band went so far as to cancel its summer tour to avoid involvement with Ticketmaster and continued a boycott of the company. In hindsight, it seems quaint that Pearl Jam went to all this trouble to protect the integrity of its live shows, given that it’s now playing corporate gigs like the Oracle Appreciation Event in October.
32. Pearl Jam vs. Ticketmaster