Crohn's patients differentiate their diet. You know, what I can handle and tolerate, another person couldn't, and what they can, I can't.

Mike McCready

Mike McCready

Profession: Musician
Nationality: American

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Duff McKagen's been a dear friend of mind for a long time, and he's a Seattlelite.

You get some confidence in your songwriting abilities and go for the essentials - guitar, bass, drums, vocals. Those are the basic band essentials that have to be in place before you go any further.

My mind has always kind of operated with this band like it's gonna be over tomorrow.

I remember, after the New Year's Eve 1991 show, somebody running onto the bus and saying Nirvana had just hit No. 1. I remember thinking, 'Wow; it's on now.' It changed something. We had something to prove - that our band was as good as I thought it was.

Until Mad Season, I didn't have that confidence to write songs, and I really got it, playing with these guys. It meant the world to me.

There are some people who have stayed with us our whole career, which is pretty cool too.

Sometimes with Polaroids, the shot you want to get in your head doesn't happen. What it makes me do is be patient, I guess, or let go of that presumption of what the shot's going to be.

I never play as well without these guys; the best I have ever been creatively has been with Pearl Jam.

When we're not doing any Pearl Jam stuff, that's when I'll probably think of doing something else, whether that be scoring - hopefully more opportunities will come - or doing a solo thing.

I still believe guitars will be around as long as there's rock music.

There's this idea that, 'All I have at the end of the day is my mind.' That's the only thing you can control. I believe that.

I think our relationship with Epic had run its natural course, and it happened to coincide with the fulfillment of our contract. We decided not to resign with them.

Every Crohn's and colitis patient is different, and they all respond to different things. That's the craziest thing about it.

Chris Cornell painted in song the darkness and beauty of life in Seattle.