Given To Fly is one of Pearl Jam’s signature tracks, as it is the first single from the band’s fifth studio album, Yield which was released in 1998. Although the track has some controversy behind it, it is without a doubt a favorite among many long-time fans of the group. In a recent interview with Guitar Player, Pearl Jam band member Mike McCready discussed how the original lead singer of the rock band Alice in Chains, Layne Staley influenced this particular track. Credit to the outlet for the following. This Layne Staley video story was recently revealed.
“I recorded the Mad Season album, Above, with Layne Staley around the time that I wrote this song, in ’94. This track was a huge deal for me because it was the first time I’d ever gotten sober, and making that Mad Season record gave me the confidence that I could really do this and write songs in a new frame of mind for Pearl Jam records as well.
McCready would continue: “On the day I wrote it, it was snowing in Seattle. I was messing around with different tunings, and I had this euphoric feeling, like, ‘Wow, I can write those kinds of songs now.’ I felt like I had a new confidence.
He would also say: “Before then, the fact that there were so many great writers in Pearl Jam made me feel less confident in putting my songs forward. But with ‘Given to Fly,’ I felt that I could relate to the lyrics that Eddie came up with. It was a turning point for me, and it’s one of my favorite songs of all the ones I’ve ever written. ”
In other news regarding Pearl Jam, during an interview that was conducted earlier this year for Philadephia-based radio station WMMR – Pearl Jam co-founder and bassist Jeff Ament discussed Red Hot Chili Peppers Josh Klinghoffer. Credit to the outlet for the following quote. Layne Staley’s family got this huge paycheck.
“I’ve loved Josh forever, like the handful of times that I’ve seen him with Chili Peppers over the years. I think we sort of enjoy the same kind of weird, eclectic music like the “no-wave” scene in New York and a lot of weird jazz and ambient music. And so we have these great conversations about that stuff. He sort of brought super cool energy to what we’re doing and we love is these Pluralone records. Initially, we were just excited to have him out playing with us. And then when we started hanging out, he was like, “Hey, I could I could sing that part, or I could do this.” And he’s a crazy good musician. You know, like keyboards, drums, whatever. So it’s just been fun. It’s like a new infusion of energy into the band and he’s easy to get along with.”