Former Australian Pro-Surfer & 4 time world champion Mark Richards got a chance to sit down with Pearl Jam for an interview ahead of their Oct 15th release of their latest album. Richards is very close friends with Vedder, and was asked by Vedder to create the setlist for Pearl Jam’s concert in Richards’ hometown of Newcastle on November 19, 2006. This show was voted by a large proportion of Pearl Jam fans all around the world as the highlight show of Pearl Jam’s 2006 World Tour, thanks largely to Richards’ sublime choices of songs.
“People say, ‘how does having kids change your writing? Do you see the world through their eyes?’ No – you just become a faster songwriter… In the old days, you’d be like, ‘Oh I’m gonna work on this song for a few days. I’m just gonna procrastinate me a few lyrics… Now it’s like, “OK, they’re down [for] an hour… OK, one hour – bam. You’re not really allowed that mad-scientist-in-the-isolated- laboratory kind of insanity, which I used to really enjoy.” – Eddie Vedder
Video Via: The Newcastle Herald