Back in 1991, when Wilk was just 23 years old, he was contacted by frontman Eddie Vedder after the departure of Pearl Jam’s previous drummer, .
“They go to England to mix ‘Ten’, which Tim Palmer was doing, I get a call from Eddie [Vedder], ‘We just lost our drummer, I’d love for you to come up and meet everybody. I’m going to send you the tape of the songs.'”
“I’m like shitting my pants, I’ve never been out of the country, I’ve got to go get my fucking passport, I’m listening to the songs, I’m super young and thinking, ‘This is my break, this is my time.’ I go to Europe and we play together, me and Eddie have this history, and we’re bonding over in Europe, but to the others I’m just the new guy,” Wilk told the Let There Be Talk podcast.
“Long story short, I go there, and I just don’t click musically, mostly with Jeff [Ament], who is an incredible bass player, awesome guy, and this is a classic case — it doesn’t matter how good you are, chemistry is everything. It just wasn’t clicking… I just wasn’t the guy.”
Wilk added that he stayed with the band for about a week and then flew back home. Later that year, he co-founded Rage Against the Machine with Tom Morello, Zack de la Rocha and Tim Commerford.
The idea of the joint tour came from GnR frontman Axl Rose in 1993, after Pearl Jam’s success with their debut album ‘Ten’. GnR’s former manager Doug Goldstein told fansite GnR Central that U2 had agreed to play the shows – but then everything fell apart.