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Pearl Jam Tribute Band React To 'Threatening Legal Letters'

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Pearl Jamm, a tribute band to the legendary Pearl Jam, has received legal letters from the lawyers of the original band demanding them to make changes to their band's name or face legal action.

"They've asked us to change the name of the band," Pearl Jamm guitarist Tim Love told the BBC. "They've asked us to hand over ... e-mail addresses, domain names and they've also asked us to destroy merchandise."

The tribute band has over 9,100 followers on Facebook.

"No one's ever come to a show, 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," said Love.

The band also published an open letter to Pearl Jam on Facebook, stating, "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 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."

(Photo: Danny Clinch)

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