In an interview with Esquire Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready talks about his band's relationship with Kurt Cobain and his Nirvana bandmates at the height of the band's success. McCready says that the supposed tension between Nirvana and Pearl Jam was largely blown out of proportion by the media. “There probably was some of that, but toward the end of it, there wasn't,” McCready says. “I think he [Cobain] and Ed had talked. I remember we were at the MTV VMAs, and I just jumped over the seats, and I said [to Cobain], ‘Hey, I heard you and Ed might be doing a record some day. I'd love to play a lead on it.’ And he goes, ‘Oh, we'll talk about it some other time.’”
McCready also spoke about the band’s early days and all the hard work Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Nirvana had to put in to get noticed: “We all came from the same scene, in my mind. We came out of a very provincial city that was not very supportive of music, and we had to do our own thing, and flyer everywhere. There was never support from the city to do music there, not as there is now. We had to do that, Nirvana had to do that, the Soundgarden guys did that, but we'd all go to each other's shows, too. We'd go to the same parties. So we all kind of came up together. When it got huge and we all went on the road, we were happy for everyone else, and I wish Kurt was happy, too.”
Pearl Jam are currently on tour in support of their tenth album Lightning Bolt.