Pearl Jam Detail ‘Three Guitar’ Lineup Change

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Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament has claimed in a new interview that the band changed to a ‘three guitar’ lineup when Vitalogy was recorded in 1994, which led to him having to find his place amongst the changes.

Ament told Guitar World, “My role has changed over the years. When we started out, it was two guitars. Stone was writing from a really right-handed, riff-heavy standpoint, and I was a little bit pushier at that point, in terms of wanting the bass to be prominent. For the songs I wrote, I played 12-string.

Then by the time we were making Vitalogy in 1994, Ed was playing guitar more, so it just got a little trickier. There were three guitars, so depending on the song and how much I could play, the 12-string faded into the background a bit; with three guitars, there was already a lot happening on that frequency.

My Father’s Son, which was on the last record, has a 12-string bass – with a heavy, riffy song, I always want to bust that thing out because it’s such a cool sound. It’s almost like having a piano out there with it.”

Mike McCready recently performed at the SMASH Benefit show, which featured other big names including Dave Matthews. A full performers list from the SMASH Songs of Hope benefit concert for musicians’ health on November 22nd has been listed. Pearl Jam members just confirmed a show with Alice In Chains.

Artist Pairings:
Dave Matthews with Tomo Nakayama
Mike McCready of Pearl Jam with The Black Tones
Chong the Nomad with Caspar Babypants
The Head and the Heart, Allen Stone & Whitney Mongé
Duff McKagan with Shaina Shepherd
Ayron Jones, Cameron Lavi-Jones & Lupe Flores
Stephanie Anne Johnson with The Copper Trees
The Naked Giants & Mirrorgloss with DJ LBSTR de la HOYA
Adra Boo & Nikhil V. Bagga with the SMASH House Band

2020 SMASH music production credits

Ball of Confusion
Najamoniq Todd – vocals
Del Brown – vocals
DJ LBSTR de la HOYA – loops and samples
Grant Mullen – guitar, background vocals
Gianni Aiello – bass, background vocals
Henry LaVallee – drums, background vocals
produced, recorded and mixed by Johnny Sangster at Crackle and Pop Studios
assistant engineer – Jon Roberts

I Can See Clearly Now
Tomo Nakayama – vocals
Dave Matthews – vocals
Tim DiJulio – guitar
Paul Hiraga – keyboards, tambourine, vocals
Jeff Brown – vocals
Rebecca Young – bass
Michael Musburger – drums, percussion
Max Rose – alto, tenor and baritone sax
Ric Penttilla – trumpet
recorded and mixed by Eric Lilavois at London Bridge Studios
assistant engineer – Julian Anderson
horns recorded by Max Rose

Lean On Me
Adra Boo – vocals
Nikhil Bagga – acoustic guitar and vocals
Tim DiJulio – guitar
Paul Hiraga – keyboards
Jeff Brown – vocals
Rebecca Young – bass
Michael Musburger – drums, percussion
recorded and mixed by Eric Lilavois at London Bridge Studios
assistant engineer – Julian Anderson
Too Many Termites
Caspar Baby Pants – vocals and bits
Chong the Nomad – everything else
Light Of A Clear Blue Morning
Stephanie Johnson – vocals and guitar
Kate Neckel – vocals
Eric Lilavois – vocals
Andrew Joslyn – strings
Dave Gross – keyboards
produced, recorded and mixed by Eric Lilavois at London Bridge Studios
assistant engineer – Julian Anderson

Loud Love
Cameron Lavi-Jones – vocals and guitar
Ayron Jones- guitar
Bob Lovelace – bass
Lupe Flores – drums
produced, recorded and mixed by Eric Lilavois at London Bridge Studios
assistant engineer – Julian Anderson
A Change Is Gonna Come
Shaina Shepherd – vocals
Duff McKagan – vocals
Tim DiJulio – guitar
Paul Hiraga – guitar, keyboards
Jeff Brown – vocals
Rebecca Young – bass
Michael Musburger – drums.
recorded and mixed by Eric Lilavois at London Bridge Studios
assistant engineer – Julian Anderson
vocals produced and recorded by Martin Feveyear at Kingsbury Studios

Pride In the Name of Love
Eva Walker – vocals
Mike McCready – guitar
Ezekiel Lords -guitar
Cedric Walker- drums
Jake Uitti – bass
produced, recorded and mixed by Eric Lilavois at London Bridge Studios
assistant engineer – Julian Anderson
Heaven Help Us All
Whitney Mongé – vocals
Allen Stone – vocals
Matty Gervais – vocals
Charity Rose Thielen – vocals
Tim DiJulio – guitar
Paul Hiraga – keyboards
Jeff Brown – vocals
Rebecca Young – bass
Michael Musburger – drums, percussion
Max Rose – alto, tenor and Baritone sax
Ric Penttilla – trumpet
recorded and mixed by Eric Lilavois at London Bridge Studios
assistant engineer – Julian Anderson
horns recorded by Max Rose