Eddie Vedder Says Bandmate Thought Pearl Jam Should Never Play Again After Festival Deaths

2021 Ohana Festival Encore Weekend - Credit: Scott Dudelson / Getty Images

2021 Ohana Festival Encore Weekend – Credit: Scott Dudelson / Getty Images

Eddie Vedder reflected on the aftermath of the Roskilde tragedy, where nine people were killed during a wave of crowds during the June 2000 set of Pearl Jam at the Danish music festival, in an excerpt from the singer’s recent Audible Original. I’m mine.

(As Vedder’s contribution to Audible’s Words + Music The series was announced in August, his new comments on Roskilde predating the Astroworld tragedy, where at least 10 people were killed and hundreds more injured after a surge of crowds at the Travis Scott festival in Houston.)

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In the excerpt, via Louder, Vedder talks about the band’s return to touring in America two months after the Roskilde incident. “I remember there was at least one person in the band who thought maybe we should never play again,” Vedder said, “and if that’s something the rest of us didn’t feel, it still wasn’t something that could easily be. discarded. “

Vedder continued: “We all had to process something that we all went through as individuals, but also with the help of others.” The singer himself “disappeared in Europe” after the Roskilde tragedy, taking Spanish guitar lessons.

Pearl Jam would finally return to the stage in August 2000 in Virginia Beach. “Our nerves were pretty hectic the night before,” Vedder said. “We had a short sound check and it felt a little strange, looking at empty seats … it had a different meaning.”

Amid a pre-show storm, Vedder added: “There was so much excitement going on, I thought, ‘I can take advantage of this, I have to do something.’ I had a little tape recorder, and that’s when I recorded and discovered the song ‘I Am Mine’. It was about getting ready for that first show and hoping we were all safe the next night. “

“I Am Mine” would become the first single from the 2002 Pearl Jam album. Act of riot, in addition to lending his name to Vedder’s Audible Original. In another excerpt from Words + Music delivery, Vedder remembered the time he held up a flashlight for Joe Strummer as the Clash legend rolled a joint.

Listen to Vedder’s I’m mine free with a Audible 30-day free trial here.

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