Pearl Jam Make ‘Breaking Heart’ Death Announcement


Pearl Jam have posted a new tweet regarding the death of Stone Gossard’s Brad bandmate Shawn Smith. Smith died on April 5th, the same day as Kurt Cobain and Layne Staley.

“My dear friend Shawn passed quietly/peacefully in his sleep. Our deepest condolences and love to his family, close friends, and the thousands that were touched by his one-of-kind voice and his beautiful breaking heart … I love you, Shawn Smith. – Stone.”

It’s been a tragic couple of years for Stone Gossard, losing two of his singers with Shawn Smith and Temple of the Dog bandmate Chris Cornell in May 2017. Gossard also lost Mother Love Bone singer Andrew Wood in 1990.

Smith has received widespread tributes from members of Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against The Machine, and Audioslave.

Shortly after relocating from Bakersfield, California to Seattle, Washington, Smith befriended drummer Regan Hagar while both were working at Tower Records in the late ‘80s. The pair formed Satchel shortly thereafter, and eventually, formed Brad with Stone Gossard and Jeremy Toback. In an interview from 2014, Smith said that the main songwriters in Brad were he and Gossard.

Brad would go on to release five studio albums during their career (Shame, Interiors, Welcome to Discovery Park, Best Friends?, and United We Stand) and Satchel would issue three studio albums (EDC, The Family, and Heartache and Honey), while both bands would share credit for a compilation (Brad vs. Satchel).