Eddie Vedder's Amsterdam Tour Opener Was Subtle Chris Cornell Tribute

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Eddie Vedder (L) of Pearl Jam and Chris Cornell perform during the 28th annual Bridge School Benefit at Shoreline Amphitheatre on Oct. 26, 2014 in Mountain View, Calif.

Eddie Vedder gave his first performance since the death of his longtime friend and collaborator Chris Cornell during the kickoff of his solo European tour in Amsterdam on Saturday night (May 27).

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.”

He also played Neil Young’s “The Needle and the Damage Done,” a song about heroin addiction, and covered Fugazi’s “I’m So Tired,” a song about depression and suicidal ideation, for the first time.

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.