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What Feud? Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard Says He’s a Fan of Mötley Crüe’s Early Work

The guitarist's comments come after a war of words broke out between Eddie Vedder and Nikki Sixx

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Stone Gossard (photo by Danny Clinch) and Motley Crue (photo by Chris Walter/WireImage)
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    Stone Gossard just extended an olive branch of sorts in the current feud between Pearl Jam and Mötley Crüe. The grunge guitarist says he was a fan of Mötley Crüe’s early work, even purchasing the hair-metal band’s first album, 1981’s Too Fast for Love, when it was originally released on the indie label Leathür Records.

    For those not keeping score, the recent beef started when Eddie Vedder called out Mötley Crüe in an interview with the New York Times Magazine, saying, “‘Girls, Girls, Girls’ and Mötley Crüe: F**k you. I hated it. I hated how it made the fellas look. I hated how it made the women look. It felt so vacuous.”

    Crue bassist Nikki Sixx responded, “Made me laugh today reading how much the singer in Pearl Jam hated Mötley Crüe. Now considering that they’re one of the most boring bands in history, it’s kind of a compliment isn’t it?”

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    That was followed by two responses from the Pearl Jam camp, one a tweet from the band saying, “We love our bored fans,” along with a video of a massive audience singing and jumping up and down at a Pearl Jam concert. The other came from Vedder during one of his solo shows, when he poked fun at Tommy Lee’s drum stunts, saying a good drum kit “does not need to elevate or rotate to do its job.”

    Gossard was asked about Vedder’s comments during a recent appearance on Revolver’s Fan First podcast, at which time he revealed his fandom of early Crue.

    “[Pearl Jam bandmates] Jeff [Ament] and Mike [McCready] and I loved hard rock, like, went through it all. I bought the first Mötley Crüe [album on] Leathür Records. I thought it was… at the time, it was punk-like. It had that same [energy] — it’s like Motörhead.”

    He added, “There was things about it that I was discovering about British hard rock at that time that felt also rebellious or against the norm or something that made me interested in it. And I always liked heavy.” The guitarist went on to name Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin as a couple of his favorite heavy bands back in the day.

    Grunge, of course, is credited with knocking hair metal off the rock throne in the early ’90s. In a 2019 interview, Sixx said he felt that the hair metal bands did it to themselves. “I have to say that I don’t think that Nirvana and Pearl Jam killed the [hair metal] bands,” Sixx told Kerrang. I think that they killed themselves. They were making copycat music. [Mötley Crüe], on the other hand, simply imploded.”

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    Thirty years later, hair metal appears to be alive and well. Mötley Crüe and Def Leppard are set to head out on their twice-postponed US stadium tour this summer, with support from Poison and Joan Jett. Tickets are available here.

    Meanwhile, Vedder is in the midst of a US tour in support of his new solo album, Earthling, with tickets available via Ticketmaster. And Pearl Jam have a summer European tour lined up (tickets here), with plans to announce 2022 makeup dates for their postponed 2020 North American tour.

    Watch Stone Gossard discussing Mötley Crüe on the Fan First podcast below (the Crüe come up at the 19-minute mark).

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