Eddie Vedder is currently traveling through Europe on a solo tour. During his show in Düsseldorf on Sunday, among Pearl Jam favorites and his own original material, he included a very special cover of Chris Cornell’s “Seasons”.
As JamBase points out, it marked the first time Vedder had ever performed the rendition live as a solo musician. And, as he recounted to the audience, there was a reason he chose to debut the Singles soundtrack cover that evening at the German city’s Mitsubishi Electric Halle.
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Exactly 19 years ago that day, Pearl Jam performed at Roskilde Festival in Denmark. The set ended in tragedy after a massive crowd rushed the stage and killed nine people. However, it wasn’t all darkness that day; as Vedder explained, right before Pearl Jam took the stage, they learned of the birth of Cornell’s daughter, Lily.
Watch fan-caught footage of the poignant “Seasons” cover below.
Eddie Vedder closed out his show in Dusseldorf tonight with a cover of Chris Cornell's song "Seasons" pic.twitter.com/C56gBR1kaD
— Corbin Reiff (@CorbinReiff) June 30, 2019
Longtime friends, Vedder has paid tribute to Cornell multiple times since the Soundgarden rocker’s death in 2017. In a heartfelt speech, he said Cornell “wasn’t just a friend, he was someone I looked up to like my older brother.
Elsewhere during his solo trek, Vedder had his own Before Sunrise moment in Utrecht, reuniting with a woman, Valeska Custers, whom he’d met 27 years ago. The tour continues on Wednesday in Dublin.