Jeff Ament says as long as everyone stays ‘motivated creatively,’ Pearl Jam will be around for a while
Pearl Jam hit the bigtime in the early ‘90s with their 1991 debut, “Ten,” which broke new ground for the Seattle sound with eternal rock hits such as “Alive,” “Even Flow” and “Jeremy.” Now, nearly 25 years later, Pearl Jam bass player Jeff Ament says he’s confident Pearl Jam will be around for a long time, so long as everyone remains creative and inspired.
“I’ll be honest, when things blew up around the second or third record, I thought it could implode at any time,” Ament told Rolling Stone. “It feels like it’s all bonus time at this point, you know? And it makes you want to try harder. I feel like our last couple records are pretty strong, because we worked super hard on them. As long as we’re in the room we might as well go super hard. Everybody’s writing songs and everyone’s super motivated creatively. As long as that’s all still there, there’s no reason we can’t do it for a while.”
Pearl Jam wrapped up their “Lightning Bolt” tour last month, and Ament says although it was a blast, he’s happy it’s over.
“I’m at the end of this tour and my knee hurts and my ears are ringing and I miss my wife and I miss my dogs,” he said. “So right now, I gotta say I can’t wait to not be out here for a while.”
He added, “The time off is good. I can’t think of a time in the last 10 years where I wasn’t like (claps hands) ‘I can’t wait to see the guys’ after we’ve been away from it a couple months.”
As for a follow-up to 2013’s “Lightning Bolt,” Ament says the group currently has no plans to record a follow-up. Still, he thinks “everybody’s got some stuff stowed away” for a new album.
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