“It was four days of recording – I had the flu for two days. You’re in the studio with one of your favorite artists ever, and not wanting to let him down”: Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament on recording with one of their biggest idols

Neil Young and Pearl Jam perform on stage at Pukkelpop Festival, Hasselt, Belgium, 25th August 1995. L-R Jeff Ament, Neil Young, Stone Gossard
L-R Jeff Ament, Neil Young, Stone Gossard (Image credit: Gie Knaeps/Getty Images)

It's no secret that Pearl Jam and Neil Young have mutual love and respect for each other's work. 

Young has previously referred to Pearl Jam as “old souls – they've been around. Musically there's youthful energy, but without the sound of inexperience” in a 1995 Guitar World interview. In 1992, Pearl Jam included Rockin' in the Free World in their setlist and also supported Young on his 1993 North American tour. 

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Janelle Borg

Janelle is a staff writer at GuitarWorld.com. After a long stint in classical music, Janelle discovered the joys of playing guitar in dingy venues at the age of 13 and has never looked back. Janelle has written extensively about the intersection of music and technology, and how this is shaping the future of the music industry. She also had the pleasure of interviewing Dream Wife, K.Flay, Yīn Yīn, and Black Honey, among others. When she's not writing, you'll find her creating layers of delicious audio lasagna with her art-rock/psych-punk band ĠENN.