On August 27th, 1991, Pearl Jam released their debut studio album, Ten. This past August, twenty one years after its release, the album had sold 9,963,000 copies in the U.S., and is still the band's most popular. Back in the day, however, they were touring relentlessly in support of it, and Ten didn't really take off until late the following year, when it finally reached #2 on the Billboard charts. Their manager, Kelly Curtis, reminisced about the time, saying, "once people came and saw them live, this lightbulb would go on. Doing their first tour, you kind of knew it was happening and there was no stopping it."
During that 1991 tour the band played Wetlands and The Marquee Room in NYC, and also took their show outside of the traditional venue by doing in-store performances. Below, you can watch their entire set from November 14th, 1991 at a Tower Records (R.I.P.) in Yonkers, New York. It's almost depressing until you see Eddie Vedder's smile... and realize that by the next year they would be the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, have their own MTV Unplugged special, be playing the main stage at Lollapalooza, and appear in Cameron Crowe's Singles (as well as on the soundtrack).