I've seen kids turn their lives around. It's usually a kid who's outside of the team-sport world, or maybe has a darker personality or doesn't fit in. Skateboarding ends up being something they latch onto. It sounds hokey, but finding a focus on something - whether it's skateboard or playing your guitar - can be life changing.
I love sad. Sadness makes you feel more than anything.
Punk rock and skateboarding took the 'school' out of living your life, and I related to learning as I went, doing a lot of different things that I liked, when I liked. Consequently, I'm mediocre at all of the above, but still stoked on being a lifetime student of music, skating, painting, writing, etc.
I get lost in my right brain, especially in creative things.
I just have a serious problem with business for business' sake: this bottom-dollar mentality. I have a serious problem with evil.
It's hard for us not to be involved with things. When you have so much information and you see so much need, there's too much going on for us not to get involved.
Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love talked trash about the fact that I hooped. I once stopped to say 'Hi' before a show, and as I walked away, Courtney yelled, 'Go play basketball with Dave Grohl!'
Our first record didn't come out on vinyl, so I think that might have had something to do with actually being in a position to make sure that it came out in vinyl this time. It sounds way better.
I have to go someplace where I can soak myself in a creative atmosphere.
Ever since I picked up a bass, I've written songs.
Every few years I'll party way too much to remind myself what an idiot I am.
We've always been a band that stood up for what we thought was right.
All you have to do is drive by the empty tennis courts and basketball courts and compare them to the skate parks... c'mon people, get with the program - the future is now!
I certainly didn't want to be in a punk rock band, because I had already been in a punk rock band. I wanted to be in a band that could do anything - like Led Zeppelin.
When I moved to Seattle, I was hanging out with kids who had done drugs, had sex a million times. I look at them now and realize their childhood was taken away.
With Pearl Jam, everybody is so good at what they do, it's hard to get up the courage to say, Can I sing this part, or, I want to play guitar. I feel like I have more courage to do that.
Make movies. Don't make videos. Videos are evil.
Everybody got away from what Pearl Jam are supposed to be.
Everything Ticketmaster stands for is what we're fighting against. They're just a small cog in a machine where the artist is at the bottom.
I didn't write this song. Someone was talking in a room. I just wrote down everything they said.