O ex-jogador de Futebol Americano Steve Gleason, diagnosticado com a doença de Lou Gehrib anos atrás e amigo/fã dos membros do Pearl Jam, disse em um artigo do site Sports Illustrated que será um dos entrevistadores da banda em uma espécie de “documentário” sobre o novo álbum e sobre o processo criativo dos membros do Pearl Jam; “isso significa” disse ele “que eu pude ouvir algumas músicas do novo álbum. É doce, por sinal.”
(esse “sweet” que ele falou pode ser: doce, melodioso, encantador, cativante, etc…)
Abaixo, o trecho em que ele menciona o Pearl Jam:
4. I think Pearl Jam stands in the top five most significant American rock bands of the past 50 years.
Others I would include, in no particular order, are: The Doors, Van Halen, R.E.M and The Grateful Dead. If we consider individuals like Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and Bruce Springsteen, the list gets mangled. I would replace R.E.M and the Doors with Dylan and Hendrix.
I will be interviewing Pearl Jam to discuss their forthcoming album, which is their 10th. The band chose four people they were excited about talking to — and being interviewed by — for a series of recorded and filmed discussions focused on the creative process. Somehow I ended up being one of them. Which meant I got to hear some music off the new album. It’s sweet, by the way.
How did I end up as one of the interviewers? Ten years ago this April, I met one of the band’s guitarists, Mike McCready through a fellow Washington State Cougar athlete, Erica Perkins. Mike and Erica were family friends. I was playing for the Saints and Erica was the head coach of the women’s tennis team at Georgia Southern. Mike provided backstage passes for a show in Atlanta, so we hung out with him briefly before and after the show. Mike and I stayed acquaintances over the years, and I attended a few more shows. After my ALS diagnosis, Mike and his wife, Ashley, rallied to support me and my journey. Our families have become quite close, and I met the rest of the band last October for Music Midtown in, coincidentally, Atlanta. Not exactly sure why or how they they chose me, but I am not complaining. thanks Erica for the introduction … Go Cougs.
– O novo álbum não só está pronto como já está no processo de produção (vídeos de promoção, arte do álbum, entrevistas, etc!) Bom saber que tudo vai se encaminhando bem; até Setembro já teremos um novo disco?