Eddie Vedder tells Edna Gundersen of USA Today that his Pearl Jam bandmates have bonded more closely now than ever before, as his dominant voice for the group has become “an equal distribution of power.” Vedder says, “I guess because I was out front, my job description became bigger than I was comfortable with. We got over that hump, and it’s become very equal. And we’re not stifling our music by overthinking. We used to spend a lot of time philosophizing about what the guitar solo added in theory to the song. We take a fresher approach. We can change the rules in a two-minute meeting between takes. To be in a band this long and be able to finish recording a song while it’s still got life to it, that’s an achievement.” Read more.
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