Published Mar 20, 2009As any former grunge fan knows, Kurt Cobain wasn't exactly fond of Pearl Jam. In fact, Cobain kind of hated the band, once labelling them in the early '90s as "pioneering a corporate, alternative and cock-rock fusion" and accusing them of being nothing more than greedy careerists. Well, 15 years after Cobain's death, Pearl Jam's head honcho Eddie Vedder is now claiming the Nirvana songwriter didn't understand him and that Cobain would actually approve of Pearl Jam if he was still around.
While speaking to Britain's Sun newspaper, Vedder said: "I don't think Kurt understood us at the time, but we became friends and I'm glad we had some of the great conversations we had, that I'm always going to keep up here.
"I don't talk too much about him in respect to Krist [Novoselic] and Dave [Grohl] and I know he said that early stuff about not liking us. But there's a couple of complimentary things that he said in public about me as a human being, which I'm proud exist.
"But if Kurt were around today, I know he'd say to me, 'Well, you turned out okay.'"
Vedder's comments came as Pearl Jam get set to re-release their 1991 album, Ten, which is due out on March 24 via Epic.