Eddie Vedder’s New Solo Song Sounds Like A Tom Petty Record, Josh Klinghoffer Says

Former Red Hot Chili Peppers’ guitarist Josh Klinghoffer recently stated that he took part in Eddie Vedder’s upcoming new record ‘Earthling,’ and stated that the single ‘Long Way’ sounds like a Tom Petty song.

After Red Hot Chili Peppers decided to hire John Frusciante back into the band, Klinghoffer had to leave RHCP only to be embraced by Pearl Jam. Currently, he has the role of a guitarist, backing vocals, and percussion in Pearl Jam, and he started to perform with them on stage. Apparently, the guitarist feels freer and at peace in his new home and gets along with the members very well.

In his recent interview with Heavy Consequence, the guitarist talked about taking part in Eddie Vedder’s upcoming solo album ‘Earthling.’ The record will be a follow-up of his 2011 album, ‘Ukulele Songs’ and to give a sneak peek, Vedder released his new single ‘Long Way’ in September and Klinghoffer also took part in the song. Josh stated that even though he cannot talk about the rest of the upcoming album since Eddie is the ‘spokesperson,’ he claimed that ‘Long Way’ sounds like a Tom Petty song.

Here is what he stated about the emergence of the song and his opinions on its sound:

“That came together just sort of through hanging out in LA over the summer. I’m not sure what’s been public about that record yet, so I’m not sure what I’m allowed to say, Eddie’s kind of the spokesperson. But that just came out of having fun here in LA over the summer. That song was a lot of fun to make. Benmont Tench plays on it, I mean, it sounds like a Tom Petty song.

Tom Petty was the vocalist and guitarist of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, but unfortunately, he passed away in 2017 from an accidental drug overdose. He had a remarkable amount of hit singles with his band such as, ‘Don’t Do Me Like That,’ ‘Refugee,’ and ‘The Waiting,’ and sold over 80 million records all-time making him one of the best selling artists of all time.