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Amazon Music welcomes Eddie Vedder in conversation with Bruce Springsteen

Amazon Music and Amazon Live will unveil an in-depth conversation between Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and Bruce Springsteen centered around Vedder’s new solo album, “Earthling,” out tomorrow via Seattle Surf/Republic. Directed by longtime Springsteen collaborator Thom Zimny, the interview will begin tomorrow at 2 p.m. ET and will be exclusive to Amazon for 48 hours, after which it will be streamed on Vedder’s YouTube page. It was recently recorded at Springsteen’s farm in Colts Neck, NJ, while Vedder was in the tri-state area for a series of live performances.

In a teaser released today, Springsteen asks Vedder about the bands that inspired the harder side of his sound, which can be heard on many “Earthling” tracks. As previously reported, the album was produced and co-written with Andrew Watt and features backing from Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer.

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“I still hear punk and even some sort of metal influence on some songs. Who influenced you in that part of your music?” Springsteen asks.

Vedder responds, “Things that were put in my blender may have started [with] Jackson 5 when I was a kid, the Beatles, then the Who took over. Gesturing to Springsteen, of whom he has been a super fan for decades, he says, “And then, my friend…”, to which Springsteen laughs back, “Ah, grazie.”

Continuing, Vedder mentions “the band, then Split Enz and Talking Heads and Sonic Youth and Fugazi. Mudhoney. I guess you put it all in and just hit the pulse.

Springsteen and Vedder were previously featured in conversation on Boss’ Apple Music “Letter to You Radio” specials in October 2020, and have performed on stage together on several occasions since the early 2000s. More recently, they were heard in tandem on a cover of AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell” released as part of Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello’s 2021 solo album, “The Atlas Underground Fire.”

In addition to tomorrow’s interview, a recording of Vedder’s Feb. 3 performance at the New York Beacon Theater with his one-man band The Earthlings will premiere on SiriusXM’s Pearl Jam radio tomorrow at 6 p.m. ET.

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