Eddie Vedder's Amsterdam Tour Opener Was Subtle Chris Cornell Tribute
The Pearl Jam frontman didn’t cover any Soundgarden songs or mention Cornell by name, but he still found subtle ways to pay tribute to his former Temple of the Dog bandmate, opening the show off with a performance of Pearl Jam’s “Long Road” that changed the lyric “But still/ Something is missing” to “Without you/ Something is missing.”
When one fan shouted out “I love you,” Vedder responded with an emotional speech about healing: "Thank you. I need it. We all need it. 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."
Watch video of Vedder's performance here:
This article originally appeared in Stereogum.