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From ‪#‎McMelty‬'s 1995 interview about "Vitalogy," sobriety, and Layne Staley. (from Guitar World Magazine):
GW: What happened to the solos on [Vitalogy]? I think I might have heard one.
MCCREADY: Vitalogy is not really a "solo" album. I don't think the songs demanded solos; it was more of a rhythmic album.
GW: Does Eddie play guitar on the album?
MCCREADY: Yeah, he plays a lot. He plays on "Better Man," "Not For You," and a couple of others. He plays a lot more live, too. Having three guitars has added a whole new dimension to the band. He has this kind of punk rock way of playing, and Stone has this weird rhythm, and I do the leads, so it's opened up totally new doors.
GW: Vitalogy, even with all its idiosyncrasies, sold nearly a million copies its first week out.
MCCREADY: That-\-\ to me-\-\ is so far out there that I don't even understand it. It does fuck with my head, but at the same time, if I try to figure it out, it'll really make me crazy. It's very strange. Granted, I'm happy we sold that much, but I have no idea why.
The thing that really freaks me out is when really weird people follow us around at airports and hotels. Fans are cool, but these obsessive people just scare me. Thankfully, now that I'm clean, I can see through it all a bit better and understand that this is part of the whole thing. Before, I never wanted to leave my house. It's still fun for me, but I feel stupid sitting around bitching about it. I was the same way [as those fans] with bands when I was a kid. I hid underneath the Scorpions' limousine when they played the Hec Ed Pavilion in Seattle with Iron Maiden. [laughs] And this:
GW: How does working with Layne differ from working with Eddie Vedder?
MCCREADY: Both Layne and Eddie will write out lyrics while we're recording basic tracks. But they're very different people and just the process of working with a different person has added a whole new dimension to my playing.
Layne is more spontaneous, because that's how Alice In Chains work. We did all the Mad Season music in about seven days. It took Layne just a few more days to finish his vocals, which was intense since we only rehearsed twice and did four shows. So this has been the most spontaneous thing I've ever been involved in. This was done even quicker than Temple of the Dog, which took about four weeks.
When we sit down to Pearl Jam material, we'll work for maybe a month or two, then go do an album-\-\ except for "Vitalogy"-\-\ which we did sporadically. With Mad Season we just went in and started jamming on tunes and everybody had ideas and it just happened with three or four days. I like to work quickly... it's the only way to catch a really fresh vibe. I think music has to happen that way.
GW: What do Stone, Eddie, and Jeff think about your solo project?
MCCREADY: They thought it was cool. They like the fact I'm getting experience doing something else. For a long time, I kind of went along with everybody else's ideas. I've never been a very assertive person. They're excited about me finally being clean and gaining confidence as a player... and they like the music, too.
GW: What's the significance of the name Mad Season?
MCCREADY: A lot of hallucinogenic mushrooms grow in the area around Surrey, England, where we mixed the first Pearl Jam album, and people there call the time when they come up the "Mad Season" because people are wandering around mad, picking mushrooms, half out of their minds. That term has always stuck in my mind, and I relate that to my past years, the seasons of drinking and drug abuse.
GW: Did members of Pearl Jam ever talk to you about your drinking and drug abuse?
MCCREADY: Oh, yeah, many times. We had a lot of meetings where they would say, "Hey Mike, you're getting way too fucked up." But we're all really good friends and we love each other and I think they actually thought I was going to die, but they never took steps to kick me out of the band, which I can't believe because I fucked up so many times. I was drunk and making an ass out of myself and they were concerned about it. I finally made a decision to go into rehab, and they were very supportive. Stone even came out and visited me.
But it's been an ongoing thing for a couple of years: "McCready's fucked up again!" I'd clean up for a little while then I'd fall off the wagon, like addicts do. They called me all the time, and it was cool because I really needed their support. They're my greatest friends. I couldn't believe it; when you clean up, you start realizing that people actually care about you. You just don't think about it when you're using all the time because you're only into the people you're using with. It clouds everything.
I think we're a lot tighter now that I'm not fucked up. Stone and Jeff and I go pretty far back; Eddie and I have been kind of distanced from each other over the past couple of years because of my condition. I didn't have a lot of confidence; I was literally afraid of everybody. I didn't know how to relate to Eddie, and after the band really took off, I went off in my own world. When I started getting clean I told Eddie, "Listen, man, I know I've been fucked up for a long time, but I want to reestablish the relationship that we had in the beginning."
GW: You've described how you dealt with the pressure brought about by the band's huge success, but how did everybody else deal with it? The press had made Eddie out to be some sort of manic- depressive freak.
MCCREADY: The press is the press. They're going to write whatever they want because that's what they do. People don't know Eddie. He's one of the most caring individuals I've ever met in my life, if not the most caring. He's very intelligent. I think he gets freaked out about people following him around. complete article: http://www.fivehorizons.com/archive/articles/gw04951.shtml