London Bridge Studio: The Essential Stop on Your Seattle Music Pilgrimage

London Bridge Studio: The Essential Stop on Your Seattle Music Pilgrimage

As someone who experienced the London Bridge Studio tour firsthand in 2021, I can personally confirm to the profound impact it had on me. Walking through the same spaces where monumental albums were crafted was nothing short of emotional. It’s a pilgrimage every Pearl Jam fan should make, and with 2024 bringing the release of "Dark Matter" and an upcoming tour, the excitement is tangible.

Inside London Bridge Studio's live room with musical instruments and recording equipment where Pearl Jam and Alice In Chains recorded.

A Studio Steeped in Rock History: London Bridge Studio

Established in 1985 by brothers Rick and Raj Parashar, London Bridge Studio quickly became a landmark in the music world with the 1991 release of Pearl Jam's debut album "Ten," recorded on the studio’s British-made Neve 8048 console. Iconic albums by Alice in Chains, Temple of the Dog, Blind Melon, and Soundgarden were also birthed here, contributing to over 36 million record sales. By 2005, when the studio’s lease needed renewal, Rick Parashar stepped away, passing the torch to Jonathan Plum and Geoff Ott, who had been deeply involved in many era-defining productions.

Wall of fame at London Bridge Studio showcasing gold and platinum records by Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, and more.

Under their guidance, and with Eric Lilavois joining as a third owner in 2013, London Bridge has remained a vital part of music history. Lilavois shares, “The records made here—Mother Love Bone, Temple of The Dog, Soundgarden,  Pearl Jam , and beyond have all deeply inspired me, and so many others in such a profound way. It’s an honor to preserve this studio’s legacy and future, and share it with the next generation of music creators and fans."

Experience London Bridge Studio Firsthand

Visiting London Bridge Studio is a transformative experience. Tours start at $55 and offer an opportunity to stand in the famed "Live Room," learn about the unique acoustics, and walk through the vocal booth where legends like Layne Staley, Chris Cornell, and Eddie Vedder once stood. You can even sit at the piano featured on tracks like Mother Love Bone's "Chloe Dancer" and experience the 1974 analog Neve console, central to the studio’s historic sound.

Collection of Pearl Jam's award-winning records and memorabilia displayed at London Bridge Studio.

Special Event: Pearl Jam Hometown Celebration Tour

Don’t miss the special Pearl Jam Hometown Celebration Tour on June 1st from 12pm to 2pm. For just $65, this tour is tailored for Pearl Jam fans eager to immerse themselves in the band’s seminal history.

Vocal booth at London Bridge Studio with microphones, a space once used by Eddie Vedder and Chris Cornell.

As 2024 unfolds, I am looking forward to my own return to Seattle. I’ll definitely be revisiting London Bridge Studio, reconnecting with the profound history and the incredible energy that resonates through its walls. Join me in making this year one to remember, echoing the timeless spirit of rock that defines London Bridge Studio.

Close-up of Temple of the Dog's platinum record displayed at London Bridge Studio, celebrating over a million sales.

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