TODAY: 30 years without Andrew Wood

In 2020, we celebrate three whole decades of Pearl Jam. But March 19, 2020 also marks the 30th anniversary of Andy Wood’s death. Aged just 24, the Mother Love Bone frontman died of a heroin overdose right before his band’s debut album Apple was released and was promised to shoot the band to stardom in the early grunge days. Surviving bandmembers Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament decided to start over with a new band, that would later be known as Pearl Jam. The life and death of Andy Wood are therefore important to how Pearl Jam was created and maybe even how the musical landscape of the early 90s was drawn.

This article is a big fan’s portrait of Andy Wood and a discussion of what might have happened, if history had been different.

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