In 1991, Pearl Jam released their groundbreaking debut album “Ten“, while Rage Against The Machine were a year away from putting out their soon-to-be classic debut. Drummer Dave Krusen had just left the former band for drug-related reasons, and Eddie Vedder knew Brad Wilk as a talented drummer, so he called his friend.
Here is how Brad recalls the situation:
“They go to England to mix Ten, which Tim Palmer was doing. I get a call from Eddie, ‘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.'”
“I’m like shitting my pants, I’ve never been out of the country, I’ve got to go get my fucking 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.”
“Long story short, I go there, and I just don’t click musically, mostly with Jeff, 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.”