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October 23, 1994|Steve Hochman

MORE PEARLS: Some passages in the "Vitalogy" book used by Pearl Jam in its album packaging may draw extra attention.

"There's a combination of things that are funny and maybe some things that were ahead of their time--including one thing from the old book saying that the biggest cause of death for healthy young men is 'self-pollution,' " says Beck.

A reference to fellow Seattle-rocker Kurt Cobain's drug use and suicide, which had a deep effect on Pearl Jam?

Curtis refuses to speculate on whether such elements have any "hidden" meanings and adds that none of the songs on the album are to his knowledge specifically about Cobain.

Curtis does say that there are hopes for a concert tour after New Year's, though no replacement has been chosen for fired drummer Dave Abruzzede.

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