Pearl Jam Announce Festival With Jerry Cantrell

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Pearl Jam and Jerry Cantrell will perform at Lollapalooza Stockholm, as seen in the poster below.

Jerry Cantrell has seen so many greats come and go and he is still one of the most underrated guitarists/song writers that broke big. Jerry Cantrell has shared the recording booth or the stage with names such as Elton John, Kurt Cobain, Layne Staley, and of course, Duff McKagan.

In a recent interview, Jerry opened up about his relationship with the Guns N’ Roses icon and how it all led up to Duff being on Jerry’s newest musical child, ‘Brighten’.

Via Q104.3 New York, the following was said: We’ve got to mention some of the other guys on this record, including Duff McKagan, who plays bass on several tracks, and he even produced you playing bass on the ‘Siren Song,'”

Cantrell replied (transcribed by Ultimate Guitar): “Yup, he did. Duff is an old friend of mine, and he’s a guy I’ve always admired. And we’ve jammed together in one form or another. When we first started doing gigs with Alice, he joined us on the road for a lot of gigs, playing guitar and just hanging out with us, giving us support, and was a part of us to get us going.”

Jerry continued: “That meant a lot to me. His band was really inspirational to Alice in Chains when we were forming. And they [Guns N’ Roses] were breaking, and they were something new coming out of the old. Sitting down and playing with him is an awe-inspiring experience. He’s so quick and so talented, he can go anywhere you want to go. And every once in a while, he’ll surprise you.”

Jerry Cantrell: “He listened to the demo bass on ‘Siren Song’ and he was like, ‘Man, you shouldn’t change that, that’s a really good bass line.’ I’m like, ‘OK, I’ll do that but show me how to play it so I’m not sounding like a guitar player playing bass.’ So he gave me a couple of tips.

Cantrell closes: “But it was great. He only intended to do a song or two but once I got him over in the seat, and we finished the song or two we were working on, I’m like, ‘How about this one? How about this one?’ Before I knew it, he knocked out five or six songs in two days.”