Eddie Vedder Addresses Bruce Springsteen And The Who’s Impact On Pearl Jam

During a recent interview with Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder named the greatest inspirations behind his metal and punk sound.

Eddie Vedder is known to be one of the most influential and appreciated vocalists of all time. He has always been busy with composing, and the demand to hear him live is not decreasing over the years. As a part of the rock and roll world, his style varies from rock to hints of metal and punk, which brings up wonders about who might have inspired his unique style.

Being a part of Pearl Jam since 1990, he has released 11 albums with the band, and Pearl Jam has been one of the most famous rock acts since the ’90s. Vedder’s unique guitar playing with the influences of punk helped the band achieve that all together, and they were eventually inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.

Recently, another iconic singer, Bruce Springsteen, asked Vedder where these hints of punk came from. Eddie Vedder replied using a blender metaphor and said that he has a lot of musicians and bands that made that happen, but he mixed their styles together. He noted that The Who and Bruce Springsteen himself was one of the greatest influences in his sound.

Here is what Springsteen asked:

“With as many melodies you have, I still hear the punk and even a certain sort of metal influence on some of the songs. Who influenced you in that part of music?”

And Vedder replied:

“The stuff that got put in my blender started maybe like Jackson 5 when I was a kid and then Beatles, kid. Then, growing up, The Who took over big time. My friend Bruce Springsteen, the band. And then into Split Ends, Talking Heads, Sonic Youth, Fugazi. If we put these in there and push a button, it works.”

You can watch Vedder answer to Springsteen’s question below.