Pearl Jam Changes Lyrics, Dedicates 'Love Boat Captain' to Paris Attack Victims

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Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam perform to a sold out crowd Oct. 22, 2014 at Pepsi Center to wrap up their fall 2014 tour. 

Pearl Jam’s “Love Boat Captain,” a song off their 2002 album Riot Act, is about a tragedy that hit the band close to home. Nine fans died in a Pearl Jam crowd at Denmark's Roskilde Festival in 2000 and the track was written as their memorial. Playing São Paulo, Brazil, the day after the Paris shootings (Nov. 14), P.J. decided to rework “Love Boat Captain” into an elegy for the hundred-plus lives lost.

Vedder utilized a little Portuguese to introduce the song. Once “Love Boat Captain” began, he revealed some new lyrics. Typically, the frontman alters the line, “Lost nine friends we'll never know, two years ago today” to reflect the amount of years since 2000. This time, he sang, ““Lost 90 friends we’ll never know, oh, again today.”

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Pearl Jam is currently touring South America and Mexico. They play Brasilia, Brazil, tonight (Nov. 17) and wrap things up Nov. 28 in Mexico City. 


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