Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready spoke in a new interview with Esquire about the relationship between his band and Nirvana back in the early ’90s. At the time, there were reports in the media about tension between the two groups, which McCready said were blown out of proportion. He explained, “There probably was some of that, but toward the end of it, there wasn’t. I think (Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain) and Ed (Vedder, Pearl Jam singer) had talked. I remember we were at the MTV VMAs, and I just jumped over the seats, and I said (to Cobain), ‘Hey, I heard you and Ed might be doing a record some day. I’d love to play a lead on it.’ And he goes, ‘Oh, we’ll talk about it some other time.’”
Watch 1991 footage of Pearl Jam playing a little of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” before going into “Porch”:
- McCready added that all the band breaking out of the Seattle “grunge” scene at the time shared things in common, saying, “We came out of a very provincial city that was not very supportive of music, and we had to do our own thing, and flyer everywhere. There was never support from the city to do music there, not as there is now.”
- McCready continued, “We’d all go to each other’s shows, too. We’d go to the same parties. So we all kind of came up together. When it got huge and we all went on the road, we were happy for everyone else, and I wish Kurt was happy, too.”
- Pearl Jam is currently on the road behind its 10th studio album, Lightning Bolt, and next plays on Friday, November 15th in Dallas.