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Boom Gaspar

Boom Gaspar on stage with Pearl Jam in Bologna, Italy on September 14, 2006
Background information
Birth name Kenneth E. Gaspar
Born 1953
Waimānalo, Hawaii, U.S.
Genres Rock
Occupations Musician
Instruments Organ, piano, keyboards
Years active mid 1970s–present
Associated acts Pearl Jam

Kenneth E. Gaspar (born 1953 in Waimānalo, Hawaii), more commonly known as Boom Gaspar, is an American musician who has performed with the American rock band Pearl Jam as a piano/keyboard/organ player since 2002.




Early life

Boom Gaspar grew up in Waimānalo, Hawaii. He started playing music when he was eleven years old.[1] After graduating from Kailua High School, Gaspar spent the next thirty years doing local shows throughout Hawaii with acts such as the Mackey Feary Band, Harmony, Simplisity, and blues guitarist Albert Collins.

Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam vocalist Eddie Vedder first met Gaspar while in Hawaii.[2] Gaspar was introduced to Vedder through C. J. Ramone.[1] Gaspar has appeared on the Pearl Jam albums Riot Act (2002) and Pearl Jam (2006). He has a songwriting credit for the song "Love Boat Captain" which is on Riot Act. According to Gaspar, the song initially developed out of a jam session he had with Vedder shortly after the two first met. When they were done, Vedder asked Gaspar if he was "ready to go to Seattle."[3] He has become known for his long solos during "Crazy Mary", a song originally written by Victoria Williams, which has become a fan favorite during live Pearl Jam shows. This often culminates in a guitar/organ duel between Gaspar and guitarist Mike McCready.[4]


Pearl Jam discography

Year Title Label Track(s)
2002 Riot Act Epic Some
2003 2003 Official Bootlegs (Australia, Japan, and North America) Epic Some
Big Fish: Music from the Motion Picture Sony "Man of the Hour"
2004 Hot Stove, Cool Music, Vol. 1 Fenway "Bu$hleaguer" (live)
Live at Benaroya Hall BMG Some
For the Lady Rhino/WEA "Better Man" (live)
rearviewmirror (Greatest Hits 1991–2003) Epic "I Am Mine", "Save You", and "Man of the Hour"
2005 2005 Official Bootlegs (North America and South America) Ten Club Some
2006 Pearl Jam J Some
2006 Official Bootlegs (North America, Europe, and Australia) Ten Club Some
2007 Live at the Gorge 05/06 Rhino/WEA Some
Live at Lollapalooza 2007 Self-released Some
2008 2008 United States Official Bootlegs Kufala Some


  1. ^ a b Burlingame, Burl. "Way to go Boom!" Honolulu Star-Bulletin. April 20, 2007.
  2. ^ Mills, Fred. "Yield Not". Seattle Weekly. November 6, 2002.
  3. ^ Paiva, Derek. "Friendship takes stage at Pearl Jam concert". The Honolulu Advertiser. December 1, 2006.
  4. ^ Ashare, Matt. "Pearl Jam at the Garden: Less is Still More". The Phoenix. May 26, 2006.

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