It’s been nearly two years since Chris Cornell died but Pearl Jam are still affected by the loss.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, members of the band spoke about the Soundgarden singer, with whom they played in the band Temple of the Dog before forming Pearl Jam.
Since Cornell’s passing, the band have had a difficult time putting together a new album, despite the six-year gap since their last album, Lightning Bolt.
“It’d be fun to record or even just write a song together,” said bassist Jeff Ament. “I think when Chris passed, that’s really been a tough one to wrap our heads around, and then there’s just life stuff.”
Ament also spoke about working on screen prints of Cornell on the upcoming Chris Cornell music box set, for which he served as creative director.
“That was hard,” he said. “[Chris’ widow] Vicky [Cornell] had asked me to get involved with it, and over the course of the years, Chris would often reach out. I remember with the Audioslave record and a couple of his solo records, he would send me the artwork. Even the last solo record, I mocked up some ideas. I think he appreciated my sensibilities when it came to that stuff. So it was pretty hard to go down that path, creating that stuff and listening to the music. It’s just another reminder that he’s not here, and that just sucks. It really sucks.”
The band are hard at work on new music, though.
“We’re going to make a record, and we’re in the middle of it,” guitarist Stone Gossard revealed. “We’re just going to keep plugging away until we get one done.”
Ament added, “We’ve gone in, probably, four or five times in the last couple of years, so we have a whole ton of unfinished stuff. We’re just sort of in a little bit of limbo. I’m sure everybody’s got a bunch more riffs, and I’m sure [Eddie Vedder]’s got a handful of journal lyrics. It’s just going to take us all getting into a room together for six weeks and just knocking something out.”
The Pearl Jam members recently paid tribute to Cornell at a concert, which also included performances by Metallica, Foo Fighters, and Miley Cyrus.