Eddie Vedder Reveals What Fans Need To Tell Rage Against The Machine


At a recent Pearl Jam show in Barcelona, Rage Against The Machine members Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, and Brad Wilk were present. The trio currently played in Prophets of Rage, which is seen by many fans as a new incarnation of Rage Against The Machine. Chuck D, B-Real, and DJ Lord are also in the band.

Vedder said, “It’s a good night for music on Friday the 13th. Prophets Of Rage are playing. I wish I could be there.”

Ed tells the audience that Prophets are here so let them know how you really feel.

He also talks about long time fans who meet up and form a community and it is difficult when you lose somebody. Ed mentions a fan named Israel Barrales who passed away unexpectedly after a surgery.

Pearl Jam then performed “Oceans” for Israel Barrales.

Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk discussed auditioning for Pearl Jam in 1991 in a new Let There Be Talk podcast interview. Alternative Nation transcribed his comments.

“They go to England to mix Ten, which Tim Palmer was doing, I get a call from Eddie: ‘We just lost our drummer, I’d love for you to come up and meet everybody. I’m going to send you the tape of the songs.’ I’m like shitting my pants, I’ve never been out of the country, I’ve got to go get my fucking passport, I’m listening to the songs, I’m super young and thinking this is my break, this is my time. I go to Europe and we play together, me and Eddie have this history, and we’re bonding over in Europe, but to the others I’m just the new guy.”

“The original drummer that played on Ten had drug issues, so they needed a new drummer. So this was right after that guy, Ten wasn’t even mixed yet. They’re at this farm house in England mixing Ten, and I’m just so young, and they’re on Sony/Epic Records at the time.

Long story short, I go there, and I just don’t click musically, mostly with Jeff, who is an incredible bass player, awesome guy, and this is a classic case, it doesn’t matter how good you are, chemistry is everything. It just wasn’t clicking. For me, I wanted to be blinded by that, I just want to be in a band with my buddy, what an incredible opportunity. It didn’t work out, and I remember kind of leaving Europe with my tail between my legs, driving off going fuck, there was my opportunity.”

“I was there about a week, we’re rehearsing, we’re playing. Some of it I thought sounded incredible. Maybe some of it just didn’t, for whatever reason, that’s the way it goes. It wasn’t exactly clicking, who knows for whatever other reasons, but I just wasn’t the guy.”