Pearl Jam urged Bill Clinton to take on Ticketmaster 30 years ago

Pearl Jam was in the White House and President Bill Clinton wanted some advice from the musicians. But first, the band had to ask a favor.

It was April 9, 1994 and Pearl Jam was at the peak of its fame after releasing “Vs.”, its second album. Days earlier, Nirvana frontman and Seattle native Kurt Cobain had been found dead in his home from suicide, and Pearl Jam was still reeling. But when it came time to meet with Clinton, the band members had a calculated request: They wanted him to join their war against Ticketmaster.