Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament has added skate park builder to a resume that already includes activist and philanthropist. According to Antiquiet, lifelong skateboarder Ament -- who learned how to skate while growing up in rural Montana -- currently helps build tremendous skate parks in some of the most rural and deprived areas in the west. Most recently, in 2011, he joined forces with others to build a world-class skate park on the impoverished Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
A new short film called Pass The Bucket focuses on Ament's passion for skateboarding.
Meanwhile, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready unveiled a new version of the band Mad Season on Wednesday night (May 23rd) at the Showbox in Seattle. At a benefit for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, McCready and Mad Season drummer Barrett Martin performed the band's "River Of Deceit" for the first time in nearly two decades, with Loaded's Jeff Rouse on vocals and Rick Friel on bass.
McCready has said recently that Mad Season, which also featured late Alice In Chains singer Layne Staley, could be making a semi-return later this year.
According to Grunge Report, McCready said that he plans to reissue the group's one album, 1995's Above, as well as a live record, and added that there is unreleased material that he would like to complete with new singers.
Mad Season officially dissolved in 1999 following the death of bassist John Baker Saunders. Staley died three years later in 2002.
Mad Season's sole album, Above, was certified gold for sales of half a million copies and yielded two Top 20 modern rock singles, "River Of Deceit" and "I Don't Know Anything."