Mike McCready

Born: April 5, 1965
Seattle, WA, USA

Mike McCready was born in Florida, but he was raised in the beautiful city of Seattle, Washington. His parents were into rock music, and he listened to Hendrix and Clapton growing up. As a pre-teen, he began listening to KISS, and was influenced by Joe Perry and Aerosmith. He wanted to learn music, so he bought a guitar and started taking lessons. His heroes were Perry, Paul Stanley, and Richie Blackmore, and he learned all of their songs.

In junior high school, McCready started his first band he called Warrior. Later, they renamed themselves Shadow and began gigging at school functions and birthday parties. They did covers of KISS, Iron Maiden, and Def Leppard. Eventually, Mike would begin writing his own material. Soon, Mike’s tastes shifted towards Van Halen, Ozzy Osbourne (particularly the Randy Rhoades era), and early Black Sabbath.

After Mike graduated from high school, he and the rest of the band relocated to L.A. He worked at a record store to make ends meet, and the band began gigging. They didn’t do well in the fizzling late 80’s L.A. club scene, and they ended up moving back to Seattle. Upon arrival home, the band broke up. Mike went through a transitional period, and decided to go back to school and obtain a degree. He worked in a video rental store, and had quit playing the guitar altogether. A friend convinced him to start playing again, and he began getting back into music. He formed a blues-based band called Love Chile, and they began gigging around Seattle.

One night, while at a friend’s house, Mike was jamming with a Stevie Ray Vaughan album, and Stone Gossard heard him. He was impressed, and he approached Mike, and began talking about bands. Stone was in the successful Mother Love Bone, and they were about to release their debut album. Sadly, however, Andrew Wood, lead vocalist of Mother Love Bone, died a few days after the debut was released. Stone called Mike, and asked him if he was interested in joining his new band. Mike said yes immediately.

Thus, the seeds of Pearl Jam were planted, and Mike helped Stone find Jeff Ament, Eddie Vedder, and drummer Jack Irons. Together, Pearl Jam released the successful debut Ten, putting Pearl Jam on the forefront of the grunge wave. One of the most popular and talented bands to come out of the 90’s, Pearl Jam released such great albums as Vs., Vitalogy and No Code. McCready has also appeared on side projects and collaborations with other Seattle rockers, including Layne Staley’s Mad Season, and Temple of the Dog with Vedder and Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell.

Instruments Played / Skills:
Guitar Songwriter


Bands That Mike McCready Has Played For:
Pearl Jam Mad Season Temple of the Dog

Mike McCready Has Worked With:
Eddie Vedder Dave Abbruzzese Jeff Ament Layne Staley John Baker Saunders Barrett Martin Matt Cameron Stone Gossard Chris Cornell
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"I've always wanted to smash a guitar over someone's head. You just can't do that with a piano."

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