Pearl Jam Member Reveals ‘Dark Stuff’ About Andy Wood

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Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament was recently interviewed by KEXP, and he discussed Mother Love Bone’s surviving members recently reuniting for a performance in Seattle.

“I think it’s less emotional than it probably even was 8 years ago, or the last time we did it. It felt more celebratory this time around. I think for the first time ever I felt real pride about that part of our journey, and those songs, and everything Andy was about.

I think about Andy almost every day, just because he was such a powerful character in my life. He was so motivated to write songs. A lot of the reason I made these solo records, was his ability to write a song every day. I was always so fascinated by the way he could knock things out, and so easily.”

He also discussed hearing Wood’s songs in a different light after he tragically died in March 1990.

“After he died, you hear those songs in a completely different light. Lyrically, it was really hard to listen to a lot of that stuff, and still is a little bit. For as much light as he projected, there was some really dark stuff going on.”

He added, “They always say, the funniest guys are often the saddest guys.”

Mother Love Bone’s surviving members, including Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament, reformed earlier this month in Seattle at the Neptune Theater for the SMASH Benefit show celebrating the music of Andy Wood. You can watch their set below.

  • Olga Stewart

    “They always say, the funniest guys are often the saddest guys.”- This is true.

    • lima85

      Robin Williams comes to mind.

      • makingconnections

        As it turns out, rather than having Parkinson’s Disease as was reported, apparently Robin Williams had an unusual form of dementia.

        • lima85

          True, it was such a heartbreak the way he went out.

          • makingconnections

            Yes, it is truly heartbreaking. I believe he was struggling with addiction and the thought of him trying to learn the 12 steps and all the recovery stuff when he was suffering from dementia seems so harsh.

  • Dncn Bishop

    What was the dark stuff he revealed?

    • Olga Stewart

      You’re probably going to have guess, as it will never be revealed in this article.

    • dakotablue

      Andy died from heroin OD so really no surprise he had “dark stuff” going on, probably depression.