Late NIRVANA frontman Kurt Cobain disses PEARL JAM left and right in his recently published "Journals", but PEARL JAM singer Eddie Vedder remains unfazed.
"I think that with whatever information [Kurt] had at the time, however he and some of his peers were viewing our group at the time, I think we've probably made any of those arguments or criticisms a moot point at this stage of the game," Vedder told The Onion A.V. Club. "I probably could relate to suspicion coming out of his brain at that time. It was a weird time, and there was a lot of opportunism going on around the record industry, and what they could suck out of Seattle. We were all very sensitive to that stuff at the time, and if it manifested itself for him being directed at us, I can kind of understand it."
When asked for his opinion about the publication of Cobain's personal diaries, Vedder said: "I've gotten to spend time with [surviving NIRVANA members] Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl, and I've listened to their bands since, but as far as the NIRVANA records, I've had a hard time even listening to them, because it still reminds me of a very traumatic episode. I'm still not comfortable with the reality of how that all went down. I hate to even comment on it, because Krist and Dave and his other close friends probably have more to say about it. But just me personally, I've just had a hard time with it. It always comes back to just, 'What a shame.' At the same time, I've only felt in the past few years that there's no blame in those kind of situations. I used to kind of blame someone for not being able to get through that — I'm talking about the addiction part — but I've had a few experiences recently where you don't blame the person anymore. It could happen to anybody."