Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder has played his first show since the tragic death of his friend and fellow grunge superstar Chris Cornell, using the occasion to honour the late musician in song.
Vedder played a solo show in Amsterdam on Saturday night, and while he didn’t mention Cornell by name or perform any of Cornell’s songs, the singer’s passing clearly hung in the room, as fans have pointed out on the official Pearl Jam forum.
As Rolling Stone reports, Vedder allegedly stopped at one point in the show to say, “I’m thinking of a lot of people tonight. And some in particular and their families. And I just know that healing takes time, if it ever happens, it takes time, and that means you have to start somewhere so let it be music. Let it be love and togetherness, and let it be Amsterdam.”
Vedder opened the show with Pearl Jam’s ‘Long Road’, and changed the lyric to “But still / Something’s missing” to “Without you / Something is missing”. He also reportedly covered songs by the likes of Neil Young, Fugazi, Cat Stevens, Cat Power, John Lennon and David Bowie.
One fan has said that the performance was “the bravest performance I have ever seen” from Vedder. “At times it seemed like he was a word or two away from breaking into tears,” the fan said.
There was supposedly a strict ‘no recording’ policy in place at the show, but video from the show has emerged online, and you can check it out below.