In Cameron Crowe’s movie, Pearl Jam 20, the guys in Mother Love Bone are waiting backstage with Chris Cornell to meet Ian Asbury after the Cult’s Seattle show in 1989. Ian had invited me to come to Seattle from Spokane to meet these bands he said would soon be huge. After the show, we all got onto the Cult’s bus, me sitting on Ian’s lap as the driver passed slowly through red lights to the Sorrento Hotel. I had just turned 21 and ordered one of my first drinks in the red velvet room of the Sorrento lobby, in a circle of longhairs talking about motorcycles, the places they were going next in the world, and all that was possible. I remember thinking, this is what I want to do with the rest of my life. I was next to Andy Wood and Bruce Fairweather, who would become my first Seattle friends, along with Bruce’s future wife Stephanie. They would graciously invite me to stay in their apartment above a grocery store near green lake before I finally moved to the city.
Bruce Fairweather, Jason Everman, Jeff Ament, Andy Wood, Stone Gossard, Ian Astbury, Jamie Stewart, Chris Cornell, Greg Gilmore. Photo: Jesse Higman 1989
Rock And Roll Hall of Fame -Cleveland, OH. Photo: Zeke Tanny