Pearl Jam co-founder and bassist Jeff Ament chatted with Hanuman Welch on the latest episode of Apple Music's ALT CTRL Tuesday (July 7) about how the COVID-19 pandemic stopped the grunge rockers from hitting the road but presented no roadblocks for his solo career path.
Ament released his surprise solo EP American Death Squad on June 26, a five-song quarantine compilation that came three months after Pearl Jam's 11th studio album Gigaton. The Seattle-based rock band prepared to promote Gigaton during its spring tour, and according to Ament, that preparation took a lot of work that he didn't want to waste once the gig was officially up.
"Well, I mean, as I've gotten older, you have to do a bit of training leading up and do like a tour season, and so there's a lot of energy going into rehearsals and working out and just getting mentally ready to leave your household, and so I felt like when we pulled the plug on it, I felt like I had all this energy," he told Welch over FaceTime. "And that first week, just all the anxiety of watching the news and stuff, my wife and I were just saying, 'We got to pivot this into something positive. We only have so much life left, so let's just figure out a way to do some things that we've always wanted to do.'"