On the Phone with… Mike McCready
It was a year ago last April that Mike McCready, he of Pearl Jam guitar-rock-god fame, dropped the news that Mad Season’s sole album, Above, would see a deluxe re-release and that unreleased songs would feature a different vocalist, since Layne Staley is no longer with us. We come to find out that Mark Lanegan, who had sang backups on Above, would fill that role. Now, speaking with Mike again, we run down of the ins and outs of the process, some of the unknown backstory that included dark spots and triumphs, drugs and recovery, and what it all meant.
Plus, McCready spills the beans (once again) regarding more leftover tracks from that era that may see new life in a group he’s recently put together with Duff McKagan, Barret Martin, and Jaz Colman from Killing Joke.
And there’s the (brief) story about the time he tried to start a band with Kurt Cobain. Yeah, chew on that one for a second.