Live Talk Pearl Jam’s ‘Incredible’ Respect For Drummers, How Band ‘Mesmerized’ Them


On Tuesday, Alternative Nation spoke with Ed Kowalczyk and Chad Taylor, vocalist and lead guitarist for the legendary Grunge era act, Live. The newly restored original lineup of the band are about to embark on a festival tour and have planned a new studio album to boot.

While reminiscing on some of their favorite memories growing up as a band in the 1990’s, I asked the two about Pearl Jam’s upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this weekend. You can read the full interview next week. Below are Ed and Chad’s thoughts on the induction and fond memories of playing with the legendary Seattle act nearly two decades ago…

Ed: Oh, they’re awesome. Going back to festivals and great memories, we played with Pearl Jam in Pinkpop back in 2000, give or take a year. It was such a beautiful night. The sun was going down over this huge field in Holland. Just standing there, watching Pearl Jam from the side of the stage… I’d never seen the band. I’d seen Eddie [Vedder] a few times solo, but I’ve never seen the band. We were just mesmerized and thought they were just incredible. Pinkpop has this massive sea of people, singing the songs. We were so busy touring that if we hadn’t been playing a festival together, I probably wouldn’t have been able to see them.

Chad: I think the coolest thing that they’re doing is taking all of the band’s drummers with them. Dave Krusen had just recorded at my recording studio a couple of months ago, and I’m good friends with him. So it’s just such an incredible thing. I know he is so honored that he is going in with the band and getting inducted. It’s such a great feeling for the band to take a look at their whole history and all of the various people they toured with and say, “Everybody’s gotta come.” Pretty special for those guys.