Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready Talks Guns N’ Roses Rehearsals


Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready revealed how much Guns N’ Roses rehearsed for their reunion shows in a new Rolling Stone interview when asked how much Pearl Jam rehearsed for their tour.

“Not enough [laughs]. I’d say we did about a week. In my mind, we should have done a little more. I was talking to Duff [McKagan], and they [Guns N’ Roses] rehearsed for a month and a half straight, though they hadn’t played together in a long time. I thought, “Wow, we should try that!” Stone [Gossard] has always been of that mindset, but I don’t know if it’s ever going to happen. We kind of fly by the seat of our pants. We do rehearse when we get to the show and in the hotel and stuff like that, but we did about a week at our place in Seattle before the tour. I’m over-answering your question.”

He also discussed Pearl Jam possibly getting into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

“Yeah. Of course, it would be a great honor to get in. I remember when I saw Iggy and the Stooges get inducted, it was really cool. Jeff, Eddie and I ran up there when he invited everyone onstage. For us to be inducted would be an honor. I would be happy about it. But you never know. I don’t know their process and how they pick. It could be a couple of years from now. I mean, Cheap Trick took forever to get in. So did Deep Purple. But we’re aware of it.”

McCready was also asked if he thinks Pearl Jam will still be together in 20 years.

I can only answer that with I never thought we were going to last longer than a year when we started. I kept thinking it could end tomorrow. I really don’t think like that anymore. I kind of think that everything changes, but we’re still here doing music together within that change. And I hope we’ll be inspired enough to play. We may be coming out in walkers and wheelchairs, but hopefully it’ll still be inspiring and fun.