Pearl Jam and its enigmatic frontman, Eddie Vedder, have addressed the subject of gun control as far back as 1991, namely with “Jeremy” and the song’s powerful music video. Twenty-two years later, gun control is still a hot button issue with Vedder, with the singer using an interview for Pearl Jam’s new album, Lightning Bolt, as a platform to express his unabashed disgust with Americans who support the Second Amendment and own firearms.
The revelations came during Vedder’s one-on-one chat with pro surfer Mark Richards, as part of a series of interviews with an inspired cast of interrogators including Portlandia star Carrie Brownstein, director Judd Apatow and former pro football player Steve Gleason.
“The fact that we’re living in a country where 90 percent of the people want further gun laws, to maybe somehow put a dent in some of this insanity that’s happening, and yet there’s no further legislation taking place, it’s very frustrating and upsetting,” Vedder told Richards. “If I didn’t have music to kind of at least get some of the aggression out or take the edge off, you wouldn’t want me having a gun either.”