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Brad Wilk Reveals He Auditioned For Pearl Jam

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Rage Against the Machine drummer Brad Wilk says that he once auditioned for Pearl Jam in 1991.


Rage Against the Machine drummer Brad Wilk says that he once auditioned for Pearl Jam in 1991.

"They go to England to mix Ten, which Tim Palmer was doing, I get a call from Eddie [Vedder], 'We just lost our drummer, I'd love for you to come up and meet everybody. I'm going to send you the tape of the songs'," he tells the Let There Be Talk podcast. "I'm like shi**ing my pants, I've never been out of the country, I've got to go get my f**king passport, I'm listening to the songs, I'm super young [23 years old] and thinking, 'This is my break, this is my time.' I go to Europe and we play together, me and Eddie have this history, and we're bonding over in Europe, but to the others I'm just the new guy."

Wilk continued: "Long story short, I go there, and I just don't click musically, mostly with Jeff [Ament], who is an incredible bass player, awesome guy, and this is a classic case - it doesn't matter how good you are, chemistry is everything. It just wasn't clicking. I just wasn't the guy."

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