Eddie Vedder Discusses Solo Album, Solo Tour And Pearl Jam

Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam talks about his new album "Ukulele Songs", what it's like performing solo, and why Pearl Jam have returned to the studio.

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Pearl Jam's frontman Eddie Vedder has certainly been keeping busy as of late. In addition to recently releasing a solo album consisting almost entirely of ukulele songs (called wait for it "Ukulele Songs") and embarking on a solo tour to support the new material, the vocalist/guitarist is also working on a new album with Pearl Jam after just celebrating their 20th anniversary. In an interview conducted by Rolling Stone, Vedder spoke quite a bit about "Ukulele Songs" and why he chose to write an entire album using solely the ukulele: "I just wanted it to be the one sound. At first it was kind of a joke, and then it became a little bit of a challenge, a puzzle, to see if I could create 11 or 12 songs with just a ukulele. It's like painting with one color. You can really appreciate the subtleties and changes in tone." With Vedder's tour starting in just a couple of weeks, he also discussed how he felt about performing as a solo musician: "It makes you really appreciate being in a group and just being able to ride with no hands every once in a while. Playing with the band is like being at a party and talking really loud the solo shows are like when you find a quiet back corner to have a deeper conversation." When asked if he was feeling nostalgic about Pearl Jam's anniversary, Vedder replied: "I feel like we have to keep our eyes on the road. Being nostalgic is like taking an offramp and getting a sandwich and then you get back on the highway. I don't want to be spending the rest of my life at the gas station." Vedder went on to say that "that and nothing else" is the reason why Pearl Jam have returned to the studio so quickly.

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    eatfresh1736
    Being nostalgic is like taking an offramp and getting a sandwich and then you get back on the highway. I don't want to be spending the rest of my life at the gas station.
    He did not think of that on the spot. Or did he?
    Slap-happy
    Starting the tour? He played in Melbourne in March. Glad to hear Pearl Jam are back in the studio.