Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder Feared He'd Never Play Again

(Classic Rock) Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder feared he'd never play guitar again after a back injury effected the nerves in his hand. He imagined having to shout out chords to bandmates Mike McCready and Stone Gossard instead of playing along beside them.

"It was a major inconvenience that, when I look back, was really minor. But, you know, in the middle of it, I didn't know if I would play guitar again," Vedder tells Rolling Stone. "I could picture sitting there with Mike or Stone, calling out chords. 'No, go to a B-minor! Go to a B-minor-7!'"

It's one of the experiences that contributed to the vibe on Pearl Jam's new album Lightning Bolt, their first since 2009′s Backspacer. But although some of the lyrics appear to be downbeat, Vedder insists that's not the case.

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