Rock Blog: Eddie Vedder Paid a Bit of a Tribute to Chris Cornell

Eddie Vedder and Chris Cornell

May 30, 2017

It's been a little over a week and a half since the terrible news of Chris Cornell's death hit the media waves. And numerous artists have paid tribute to him, from kind words:

I love you, brother. Thank you for your friendship and your humor and your intellect and your singular and unmatched talent. It was a great honor to know you as a friend and as a band mate. I am devastated and deeply saddened that you are gone dear friend but your unbridled rock power, delicate haunting melodies and the memory of your smile are with us forever. Your beautiful voice and beautiful self will always be in my heart. God bless you and your family.

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To touching musical tributes:

But one person the rock family was waiting to hear from has been silent. That of course is Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, and it seems he may have finally broken his silence, paying tribute to his former Temple of the Dog band mate at a recent concert in Amsterdam. At the time I wrote this, all YouTube videos had been removed of the performance, but having seen it before they got deleted, basically Eddie changed the lyrics Pearl Jam's song "Long Road" to say "without you, something is missing" instead of the recorded version "but still/something missing". Many took this and the entire performance as a whole tribute to Chris. Maybe it's too hard for him to tackle head on, or maybe he just wants to remember him through music. Either way, what a touching way to pay tribute to his friend, bandmate, and collegue. 

- Danny V.