Eddie Vedder Reveals Fear Of Pearl Jam ‘Burning Out’ With Nirvana & Soundgarden


Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder compared the Seattle Grunge explosion with Nirvana, Alice In Chains, and Soundgarden to a ‘meteor shower’ in a new SiriusXM special celebrating the 25th anniversary of the second Pearl Jam album Vs.

Vedder said he felt with Vs. Pearl Jam could ‘burn out’ or ‘make a nice crater.’ Alternative Nation transcribed his comments.

“We were a little bit like a meteor, every group from Seattle. It was like a meteor shower, we were moving fast, and kind of burning hot, and who knows what was going to happen when we hit the earth’s atmosphere, which was what recording the second record felt like. We were either going to burn out, or we were going to hit land and make a nice crater.”

Vs. definitely made a nice crater, as amongst many die hard Pearl Jam fans, it is their favorite record by the iconic Seattle band.

Vs. received acclaimed from famous critics. Rolling Stone staff writer Paul Evans gave Vs. a positive review, saying, “Few American bands have arrived more clearly talented than this one did with Ten; and Vs. tops even that debut.” He added, “Like Jim Morrison and Pete Townshend, Vedder makes a forte of his psychological-mythic explorations … As guitarists Stone Gossard and Mike McCready paint dense and slashing backdrops, he invites us into a drama of experiment and strife.” Jon Pareles of The New York Times stated that “Pearl Jam uses its new album … to broaden its music,” and added that “most of the album … projects individual misery as public catharsis.” AllMusic staff writer Steve Huey gave the album four out of five stars, saying “Vs. may not reach the majestic heights of Ten, but at least half the record stands with Pearl Jam’s best work.