It's no secret that Eddie Vedder
is a fan of the ukulele, so it wasn't that surprising when a new interview with Pearl Jam
's lead singer had him saying he almost called it quits on the grunge act when the band's guitarist, Stone Gossard
, labeled the uke as "a gay instrument
"Him being a guitarist and all, I thought maybe he'd see the potential and beauty the ukulele had to offer. But when I went to talk to him about re-recording 'Ten' with new uke tracks on every song, he just kind of exploded on me.
" Eddie Vedder
most recently put out a solo album simply titled "Ukulele Songs
." It's a calm, relaxing album made up entirely of original songs that the singer was said to have written during a particularly dark time in his life. Aside from the occasional guest vocalist or additional instrumentation, the album is made up almost entirely of Vedder
and his ukulele, giving the album a nice simplistic feel. Gossard
had this to say: "I think it's great that he found an outlet to help him express himself, but I really wish he wouldn't try to force it on the rest of the band; a band, mind you, that's done great up to this point without a ukulele track...
finished up, "I don't know... Maybe I've become too much of an artist at this point. Maybe my 'rock and roll' days are behind me. I definitely see myself putting out a new ukulele album in the future - maybe even a concept album. I'm not so sure about Pearl Jam though. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.