Pearl Jam next album, "Lightning Bolt", comes out two weeks from tomorrow . . . and Eddie Vedder says it's more important for the band to make an awesome rock record than ever.
Especially given the state of today's pop music . . . and the fact that it currently rules the charts.
He says, quote, "These pop songs almost feel like tabloid journalism, in a way. It's crap that people seem to like. And I don't know if it has meaning. I don't know if one of the pop songs of the summer has any fiber in it.
"People are consuming it, and is it healthy? I don't know. Maybe it's some kind of way of taking themselves away from their problems. Maybe there's some healthy property or some restorative property that I'm not receiving.
"It seems like it has a really high fructose content."