Written by Emilee Lindner • Photography by Getty Images • May 30, 2017
Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder has kicked of his solo tour in Europe with stops in Amsterdam this weekend. A close friend and Temple of the Dog bandmate of the late Chris Cornell, Vedder didn't speak directly about the Soundgarden frontman's tragic passing recently, but he did perform a number of solemn covers, including Cat Stevens' "Trouble" and Fugazi's "I'm So Tired."
"I'm just tired," was reportedly one of the last things Cornell said on the phone to his wife before being found dead in a Detroit hotel room of an apparent suicide in the wee hours of May 18.
At one point in the evening, Vedder was moved to speak of the healing power of music. "I’m thinking of a lot of people tonight, and some in particular and their families," he said. "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."
Vedder's cover of Fugazi's "I'm So Tired," a song about suicide, was powerful. Alone at an organ, you can hear the wavering in his voice as he presses out a few sparse chords throughout the short song. Listen below:
Vedder's tour with Glen Hansard will continue through June, stopping in cities throughout the U.K., Ireland, and Italy. Vedder's solo show will hit the U.S. with scheduled gigs at Bourbon & Beyond and Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival in September.