Eddie Vedder‘s Guitar-Threatening Back Injury

09.30.2013 Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder has revealed he thought he'd never play guitar again after sustaining a back injury which affected the nerves in his hand.
In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Vedder says he can look back on the incident now and realise it wasn't as bad as it seemed at the time, but "you know, in the middle of it, I didn’t know if I would play guitar again. I could picture sitting there with Mike or Stone, calling out chords. ‘No, go to a B-minor! Go to a B-minor-7!'"
Vedder adds that he's fine now, although the immutable march of time has played on his mind during the writing of the album. “I’m probably in better shape than in many, many years," he says. "It’s watching other people get old, dealing with other people’s mortality. A lot of us live in denial, given how we treat our bodies. So to extend it, you start treating yourself a little better."
Vedder also notes that the wait for the next Pearl Jam album probably won't be as long as the gap between 2009's Backspacer and Lightning Bolt, which will be released on October 15. "Actually putting out the record is a little bit of a shock to the system," Vedder says. "That’s what we remember as being traumatic. Probably, when you take longer between records, there’s more importance placed on the records. Maybe the next thing you do is put out another one in the next year – just put it out, and not have a build-up."