1. Pearl Jam on Neil Young
2. Pearl Jam on Pete Townshend
3. Pearl Jam on Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn
4. Pearl Jam on Dave Abbruzzese
5. Pearl Jam on Jack Irons
6. Pearl Jam on Matt Cameron
7. Pearl Jam on Mudhoney
8. Pearl Jam on Shannen Doherty
9. Pearl Jam on Jello Biafra
10.Pearl Pearl Jam on Ralph Nader
11.Pearl Jam on Rage Against the Machine
12.Pearl Jam on Stevie Ray Vaughn
13.Pearl Jam on Oasis
Pearl Jam on Neil Young.
"Yeah, he's got a really quiet wisdom. He's not beating you over the head with his, um, big book of wisdom." (interview - Spin Magazine - 2/97)
"We learned so much from Neil." (interview - Spin Magazine - 2/97)
"We get along like old neighbors when we're in the studio. It's as comfortable as can be. But when you're on stage playing with Neil, well -- it's one thing to be at the zoo and watch an animal pace around its cage. It's another to be in the cage with him." (interview - Spin Magazine - 2/97)
"I'd never felt, for lack of a better word, as high as when I'd look over and see Neil playing lead on 'Down by the River.'" (interview - Spin Magazine - 2/97)
Pearl Jam on Pete Townshend.
"Pete really helped me with a couple things. I had a friend in a bad situation that I didn't understand. In 45 minutes, Pete dispensed information I couldn't have gotten anywhere else. I just appreciate his wisdom and experience." (interview - USA Today - 10/8/99)
Pearl Jam on Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
"Singing with Nusrat was pretty heavy. There was definitely a spiritual element. I saw him warm up once, and I walked out of the room and just broke down. I mean, God, what amazing power and energy." (interview - Spin Magazine - 2/97)
Pearl Jam on Dave Abbruzzese.
"I've been lucky, because pretty much all the drummers I've played with have been good. But Dave is a more steady drummer, whereas Dave Krusen is kind of hit or miss. When Dave Krusen was on it was great -- it had a loose, laid-back, Charlie Watts-type feel, but often the feel of the songs pushed and pulled a little too much. Dave Abbruzzese is more of a rock drummer." (interview - Bass Player - 4/94)
"Certainly, Dave Abbruzzese could play great drums. Now, whether Dave and Jeff were really connected in a sense, like they really were loving each other and wanting to play together -- that's kind of where maybe some of the issues were, where there were certain problems. If your bass player and your drummer are not loving and trusting each other, then you're having problems." (interview - Addicted to Noise - 2/97)
"It just wasn't working out. It was just personal stuff, and it wasn't something I got involved in. Whatever was going on, it was going on for whatever number of years they were together. They got through whatever they had to go through before I got involved." (interview - Modern Drummer - 6/98)
Pearl Jam on Jack Irons.
"Jack brought an openness to the band, actually initiating communication. We were all guilty of going off in our own little isolated worlds, but Jack has a way of bringing you together." (interview - LA Times - 12/22/96)
"This should have been the band from the beginning." (interview - Spin Magazine - 2/97)
"Jack's personality, maturity, and generosity have really helped us communicate with each other." (interview - Spin Magazine - 2/97)
"He's a powerhouse. Even more so than musically, communicationwise; we all have opened up and started talking a lot more than I think we ever have before. Confronting each other on issues, having arguments, whatever. If there's a problem, Jack will bring that up. Whereas before, we might have iced over a situation and just kinda walked on eggshells. Jack won't let that happen." (interview - Addicted to Noise - 2/97)
"It feels like this is how it was intended to be." (interview - Spin Magazine - 2/97)
"I feel I'm approaching the new songs way differently, so it makes me excited to be playing bass again. And then the old songs, I feel like Jack's given some of the old songs a lot more space. So all of a sudden, a song like 'Evenflow' -- which I knew was a great song all along, and I felt on the first record that it was the best song on the record, that we got the worst take of. I mean, we beat that thing; there was a hundred takes of that song, and we just never nailed it. And all of a sudden, Jack starts playing it, and it's like, Wow! That's how it was supposed to be played. Like, leaving a big space there and a little space here, and all of a sudden the song opens up and it swings." (interview - Addicted to Noise - 2/97)
"I think Jack was really excited to make music and be in the studio, and he was amazing at that. If you brought in a song and kind of explained to him what you were going for, he was meticulous about finding the right drums and playing the right part, and he worked really hard. I think he wrote some of the most incredible drum parts for songs, in rock music anyway. When it came to playing shows and being out on the road for more than a couple of weeks, he had a really hard time being excited about that and focusing on that. He's an incredibly sensitive guy, and I think all the energy flying around and stuff was really hard for him [while] trying to raise a family." (interview - MTV - 5/5/00)
"He's a really loving guy and a real team player, and he really wanted everybody to get along and made sure that everyone was included and was supportive of people within the band when they had ideas, or whatever it was. But he has a delicate personality, and like Jeff said, he's sensitive, and being on the road for four months a year was just something he felt like he couldn't do." (interview - MTV - 5/5/00)
"Two days before the Yield tour began, Jack quit the band. He had some personal things to deal with. That was cool, but we were up shit creek with no paddle there for a minute." (interview - Guitar World - 7/00)
Pearl Jam on Matt Cameron.
"Having Matt back there helped me to play a lot better, too. I play my best if I close my eyes and see the guitar neck in my mind's eye. I don't think about the notes-- I just feel it. For me, playing is a totally unconscious thing. Matt's drumming allowed that to happen more than it ever had before." (Interview - Guitar World - 7/00)
Pearl Jam on Mudhoney.
"We just asked them if we could be part of their four-way marriage...get it up to eight. Any other men out there, in this legal same-sex marriage state, anyone else want to be married to us? C'mon! C'mon boys, you get to fuck me!....or, or, then again, I get to fuck you." (live - Maui, HI - 2/20/98)
Pearl Jam on Shannen Doherty.
"I've never read an interview with her. I've seen her on Arsenio a couple of times. I don't have any feelings for the person, but I just don't think you can get around in life by being a fuck. You can't treat people like shit. And everyone I know who treats people like shit haven't come from places where they've been shit upon." (interview - I Hate Brenda fanzine)
"And my girlfriend who was with me at the MTV Awards was looking out for Shannen just waiting to kick the shit out of her. And my thing was like, 'I would probably beat the shit out of a guy who was doing that to you, so go for it.' Shannen Doherty would have been dead meat." (interview - I Hate Brenda fanzine)
Pearl Jam on Jello Biafra.
"I think when Jello got his leg broken and beat up by those punkers in San Francisco - they were calling him a sellout and kicking him in the head - I think that was almost liberating. I said, 'I don't give a fuck anymore. If they're fucking kicking Jello, how can I worry about what anybody thinks? How can I expect to still have someone's respect on that end?' That guy lost his empire, his future, battling that censorship thing. He ran for mayor. You couldn't write a movie script with a more ethical antihero. And yet here he is getting the shit kicked out of him." (interview - Spin - 12/94)
Pearl Jam on Ralph Nader.
"I heard Ralph Nader speak the other night, and I wish I could borrow his brain for this interview. He was talking about how there's not a two-party system, that it's a one-party system, and it's all under the corporate umbrella. I couldn't agree with him more." (interview - George - 6/00)
Pearl Jam on Rage Against the Machine.
"As you get older, you start to see the complexity of issues, and you go, 'I don't want to hear you talk about, you know, corporate fuckin' whatchamacallit when you're on the Sony tit, and you're making videos.'" (interview - George - 6/00)
Pearl Jam on Stevie Ray Vaughn.
"Stevie was a big inspiration for me. Luckily, I got to see him play live. It was out at the Gorge, in Washington, which is a beautiful place. At the time, I was so depressed about life. I wasn't playing at all then; I'd given it up. While he was playing, it was very sunny. But as soon as he started 'Couldn't Stand the Weather,' these huge clouds rolled in overhead, and rain began pouring down. When the song ended, the rain stopped! It was like a religious experience, and it changed me. It lifted me out of the negative mindset I was in, and it got me playing again. I thank him forever for that." (interview - Guitar World - 7/00)
Pearl Jam on Oasis.
"A couple of years ago, we were on tour in Australia and Oasis was two days ahead of us. Man, it was great..." (interview - Revolver - 8/00)
"...We didn't get our names in the paper one friggin' time, and they were on headline news every night. Airplane incidents, punching people, fucking drunk. And we were doing bigger shows..." (interview - Revolver - 8/00)
"...We'd sell out the same arena, twice, and they'd play to a half-empty house and be followed by the press everywhere. I haven't listened to their records much - I'm sure they're all right. Their live show sucked. Meanwhile, we were hanging out on the beach, surfing, feeling all the freedom in the world. It's just two different modes of operation." (interview - Revolver - 8/00)
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