Eddie Vedder has opened up about mental health, trauma and grief in conversation with Lily Cornell, the daughter of his late friend, Chris Cornell.
The Pearl Jam leader discussed in depth the various difficulties he’s gone through in his life including his band’s infamous set at Roskilde Festival in 2000 when nine fans were killed in a stage crush during their appearance in Denmark.
That night’s tragic events caused a lasting scarring effect on Vedder who thanked The Who‘s Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey for reaching out to him and guide him through it. The Who had been through a similar torrid experience tragedy in Cincinnati when a crush of people led to 11 people losing their lives at one of their concerts in 1979.
“There I was in a fetal position, basically, and Pete said, ‘You can handle this,’ and I said, ‘I can’t. I don’t know, Pete, I don’t think I can. I’m losing it.’ And he said, ‘No, you can handle this…’ He empowered me to get my shit together,” Vedder recalled.
“Your dad… obviously he had the music, and those are some dark lyrics, Kurt [Cobain’s – Nirvana] lyrics, those were some dark lyrics, Layne [Staley’s – Alice In Chains] lyrics, those were some dark lyrics… and these weren’t people going, ‘I’m gonna pretend to write a dark song.’ It was real for everybody,” the Pearl Jam man said praisingly.
“And then it became kind of like, make fun of the dour grunge groups, and I think people took it personally, because they were like, ‘Yeah, we ain’t fucking around,’” he added.
Listen to their in-depth chat, below.