In a recent interview with Classic Rock, Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready expressed his concern, stating that Trump winning the election would be the worst-case scenario for the world.
When asked about his views on the most positive and negative events or developments in the year 2024, the guitarist responded:
“Oh god. Well, if Trump got elected, that’d be the worst thing in the world to me. I’d rather think about the best things that can happen. We have to come together. We have to be compassionate. We have to take care of the environment. We have to not be racist. We have to not be idiots. There’s all these things we can do. But we have to choose to think that way.”
Eddie Vedder’s Social Awareness
In response to a previous question suggesting that Eddie Vedder’s social consciousness might be deeply troubled by the current situation or problems in the United States, Mike McCready, again referencing Trump, shared:
“Oh yeah. I think Ed has always been very aware of everything that’s going on and always fighting for the underdog. Certainly, America has got so many messed-up issues. Guns. Racism. That individual Trump. All that stuff has always been there, but you have to be aware of it and consciously fight it because you want this to be a better world if you’re a good human. And I see Ed as that, and hopefully, we are. We try to be proactive and solution-oriented and not sit back and do nothing.”
Musicians Against Trump
Mike is not alone in expressing his opposition to Trump. Page Hamilton of Helmet recently criticized the former President for his divisive politics in a Ghost Cult interview. Discussing the song ‘Gun Fluf,’ which addresses resistance to gun laws, Hamilton condemned Trump for causing family rifts, stating:
“I have friends that are conservative. I have friends that voted for Trump, people I care for, and we’re on the same fcking side. Don’t do what he does and pit families… He has separated families. I mean, he is the most toxic pile of sht that we’ve ever had in American politics.”
In addition to addressing social issues, McCready also touched upon Pearl Jam’s upcoming album, slated for a 2024 release. He revealed that the new music unexpectedly carries a heavy tone, combining the melody and energy reminiscent of their early albums.