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After wrestling with myself for six months, I began medical treatment. During that time I started a band with some friends of mine called Jack's Car, but that didn't last.
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Eleven was scheduled to begin recording another record in the fall. Eleven was a LosAngeles-based band and was having its share of struggles with the business.
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Flea says, on his first day or so, I drew a pictureof a funny face and passed it around the class. It read, "Hi, I am Michael Balzary" (I don't remember that). Hillel wanted Flea to play the bass for us. And so he did.
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I became unsure about the future, in terms of my career. I was living in a remote location contemplating other kinds of work, not only in music.
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I began both auditioning with Pearl Jam and recording for Eleven. In the fall of 1994, I joined Pearl Jam.
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I began hearing rumors of apossible recording session with Neil Young. I was a huge fan of Neil's.
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I began the process of recording myself seriously in the fall of 1999. If I could finish an album of my own music, I would. Five years later I am happy to say I have.
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I completed the tour with Red Cross and came home in the winter of 1991 to begin more extensive work with Eleven.
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I could not finish the rest of the tours the band had planned. I was replaced by Matt Cameron. The next years of my life were about recovery, healing, and right living. I never lost the need to create.
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I finished the recordings I had started with Eleven. Matt Cameron joined for the rest of those sessions.
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I had wanted to play drums since the age of 9 when I saw a drum set in the window of a music store for the first time. We took lessons at a local music school and began playing together after about 6-9 months of lessons.
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I remember a tour where we played 50 cities in 56 days. We also went to Europe a couple of times.
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I remember wearing overcoats, hiding in the bushes outside of Abbey Road Studios, waiting for the traffic to clear. As it did, we would drop our overcoats and run out on to the cross walk and strike our poses.
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In 1993, Eleven released their second record, which was self-titled. We began a stretch of touring that included opening for Soundgarden.
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In August of 1994, I heard that Pearl Jam was going to be looking for another drummer. This time I wanted to try.
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In January of 1995, my family and I moved to Seattle. Pearl Jam did the first of their live radio broadcasts, Monkey Wrench Radio, along with many other Seattle musicians.
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In June of 1988, Hillel Slovak died of a drug overdose. His death was very difficult for me. I was already growing pretty unstable so I decided to leave the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
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It was a difficult road for What Is This. Their business did not come easy. Eventually, the lack of success forced different directions.
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It was about this time that I began experiencing the beginnings of my battles with an anxiety disorder. We were touring a lot and there were some developing personal problems within the band.
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It was towards the end of December that I would meet my wife to be in San Francisco, and Eddie Vedder in San Diego.
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On my first European tour, someone had the idea of crossing Abbey Road a la The Beatles, but just wearing socks.
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The end of 1996 and beginning of 1997 brought a Pearl Jam European tour and the beginnings of preparation for the recordings of "Yield."
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The west coast part of the tour would bring some very significant events to my life.
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Walk The Moon recorded an album in 1986 that consisted of Alain and Natasha's new writings together as well as some previously unrecorded What Is This songs. I played on about half the tunes.
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We completed and released "No Code" in 1996. We began some off and on touring for that release.
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We got a chance to go and play in some places that the usual European tour by an American band didn't go to.
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We had a song called "Reach Out" that almost got us to the next level. During that time my wife and I made a decision to leave Los Angeles.
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We had all remained good friends, but musically Hillel felt he was growing in their direction and they were having more success than What Is This.
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We then returned to the US to do a few weeks of touring on the East and West Coasts.
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We were called Anthymback then. Flea spent time with Alain and Hillel learning to play our songs. We rehearsed all the time. Flea and Anthony Kiedis were best buddies, so we all became friends.
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We were playing a small club in San Diego and the power had gone out in the building. Eddie had a lighter and kept us lit backstage. We became very good friends and spent a lot of time together including hearing Eddie sing in some of the bands he was in at the time.
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"Yield" was completed in 1997 and released in 1998. In the spring of 1997, I had made a decision to stop taking medications that I had been taking daily since 1988.
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