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Eddie Vedder almost quits Pearl Jam after bandmate calls ukulele gay.

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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..."

Vedder 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."

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    If this was real, I'd have to say; Eddie:"I like it, so you have to like it too! Me: "F*ck you Eddie. I respect your right to follow whatever path you choose, but I'm in no way obliged to walk it with you.
    Guys guys guys...the uke is a little gay, let's be fair here. That having been said, almost all the best things in music are a little gay. Queen, for instance.
    Guys I'll just leave this here Why Go author: JohnSeminario date: 04/18/2014 [b]category: fiction
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    Who cares if people call the uke gay. One thing's for sure though: It's one helluva chick magnet.
    Re-record "Ten" w /ukulele added to every song? This must be a belated April fool's joke
    I loved Ukelele Songs and would not oppose another one. It was beautiful and had cool stuff. It had that "simplistic" feel as the article says, which is why I didn't like the Uke song on Lightning Bolt as much as the original. All that being said, I agree with Stone that Ukeleles do NOT belong on Pearl Jam records. Eddie should keep that for his solo albums which fit them better.
    Just saw this was fictional... I'm an idiot. Most of what I said still relates somehow...
    Of course "gay instrument" is a joke but uke is like spice on food: use it sparingly.