Former Pearl Jam drummer Jack Irons was recently interviewed in Drum magazine, here is an excerpt from the article:

Vedder leads the Sydney crowd of 12,000 in a roaring chorus of “Happy Birthday” during the show’s encore, and then provokes an onstage pie fight. It’s just hours before Jeff Ament’s birthday, and the PJ bassist takes the cream dessert right between the eyes. The pie makes the rounds before winding up in the hands of Jack Irons who, true to form, exhibits an endearing moment of team spirit when he slams the rest into his own face. He then launches into the subtle tribal tom assault of “Who You Are.” “No one plays like him,” Vedder says. “There’s some kind of wild card, the way he hears things and the way he plays things that’s completely his own.” The performance would be one of Irons’ last. By the end of March 1998 the Australian tour was done, and so was Pearl Jam’s drummer. “I just wasn’t well enough to carry on,” Irons remembers. “You’ve got to be fairly healthy to go play for 15, 20, 30,000 people four or five times a week. You can’t start to come unglued. There’s thousands and thousands of people counting on you to do your job and to do it well. I just couldn’t do it at the time.”

Click here to read the full article, if you can download PDF files.

  • Homerbreyn

    gossard looks stoned

  • Mrs Tingles

    haha so does vedder

  • vinny

    Hey Brett, Can you do the same (pdf file) with the drummer magazine issue with Matt Cameron in it? He was the cover story last month, and it might still be on newsstands. Thanks

  • Carter

    he just admitted he sucked

  • Jack

    He only admitted he wasn’t healthy, which isn’t really news, since that’s what he said at the time too.

  • Ray

    thats really a shame, maybe he can do some shows with them now so soundgarden and pearl jam can co exist