Eddie Vedder Awkward Photo With Metallica Drummer Revealed

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A photo I’ve never seen of Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder speaking with Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has surfaced, though a shot from further away had previously been released. In the photo, Vedder has a bit of a bewildered look on his face, so it must have been some kind of conversation the two rock legends were having!

Metallica and Pearl Jam have rarely ever been photographed or seen in the same circles, though there was a 2008 Rolling Stone article featuring Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready and Lars Ulrich.

Bonnaroo is less than a month away, so we checked in with Metallica’s Lars Ulrich and Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready to see what’s in store for their performances. Although they’re working on a new record with producer Brendan O’Brien, Pearl Jam probably won’t be unveiling any new tunes. “[The record] is in the infant stages,” McCready said during a phone-in press conference. “It has to grow up a bit. We’ll [play] some obscure B-sides. We might get into some sort of jam. That’s the vibe of Bonnaroo so far.”

Metallica, on the other hand, are in the “nips and tucks” stages of finishing their new record, which will hit stores in September. Lars Ulrich thinks that unlike the benefit they played last night in L.A., they’ll definitely unleash some new metal epics, many of which extend to seven- or eight-minutes long. “We’re going to Europe next week and then we come to Bonnaroo,” he said. “Hopefully there’ll be some new stuff thrown in there. I’d say that’s pretty likely.” So what do the new songs sound like? Says Ulrich, “There’s alot of hardcore, nutty, super-fast speed stuff. It’s a little more like the earlier records.”

Metallica’s closest bonds with bands in the Grunge scene have been with Alice In Chains and Soundgarden.