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EddiePearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder recently sat down with Rolling Stone to speak on the band’s new album, staying sober, and more. The 48-year-old explained, “I quit drinking and smoking all the time,” before joking, “I’m currently not drinking – because it’s 11:00 in the morning.” The 48-year-old father of two may be taking better care of himself these days, but he shows no signs of slowing down as Pearl Jam celebrate the release of their tenth album, ‘Lightning Bolt.’ You can check out some highlights from his interview, below:


On juggling parenthood with the demands of being a band:


 “We’re more of a group than ever, and the space in between is healthy. It’s a big part of everybody’s life, to be playing music, at all times. And at the same time, it’s important to us to be part of our families, to not be absent fathers.”


On striving to make the best Pearl Jam record ever:


“I say this in the least-competitive way possible, but we’re trying to make not just the best Pearl Jam record, but just the best record. It’s about getting to the next level of communication, or just trying to crack a code into some higher plane of playing music.”


On his physical condition:


“I’m probably in better shape than in many, many years. But, you know, they say that your kids make you young – I say they’ll make you tired, trying to keep up with them. I used to think getting through adolescence was going to be the hard part. It’s watching other people get old, dealing with other people’s mortality. A lot of us live in denial, given how we treat our bodies. So to extend it, you start treating yourself a little better.”


On modern pop music:


“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.”


Head over to Rolling Stone to hear more from Eddie Vedder…