Stone Gossard says grunge didn’t kill ‘80s hard rock bands – but “yes, some did die”

Warren DeMartini of Ratt in 1984 and Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard in 1992
Warren DeMartini of Ratt (who disbanded in the early-90s) and Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard, pictured in 1992 (Image credit: Paul Natkin / Mick Hutson / Getty)

Stone Gossard, one half of Pearl Jam’s dynamic guitar duo (completed by Mike McCready), has added his two cents on the grunge vs hard rock debate, arguing that grunge was not to blame for the demise of its hard rocking predecessors. 

Speaking to VWMusic, Gossard instead makes a case for the transition as part of a broader “life cycle”. 

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Matt Parker
Features Editor,

Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.