Eddie Vedder Recalls How Pete Townshend Helped Him Deal With Roskilde Tragedy

Eddie Vedder has recalled how The Who‘s Pete Townshend helped him deal with shocking Roskilde festival tragedy.

In June 2000, a stampede occurred during Pearl Jam‘s set at the Danish festival, in which nine young men, aged between 17 and 26, lost their lives.

Speaking in the latest episode of “Lily’s Mind Wide Open” series, an interview show created by Lily Cornell, the daughter of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, Vedder talked about getting through hard times.

In the conversation, Vedder explained that their show started on a high because they got a message that their dear friends Chris Cornell and Susan Silver had just become parents to their first child, Lily Cornell.

“We got the news that our great friends Chris and Susan had just had a child, and her name was Lily,” Vedder recalled. “We kinda cried some tears of joy, we all gave each other a hug. This was less than 15 minutes before we were gonna go on. And you were the first baby of all the bands, so that was a huge, huge, moment.”

The singer said the band was feeling “empowered and emotional” about the news. However, the happiness only lasted about 40 minutes into their performance, when “these terrible events happened.”

In the aftermath of the festival, Vedder turned to Townshend for advice.

“There I was in a fetal position, basically,” said Vedder. “I was doing a little bit of ‘woe is me’ and ‘why did this happen to us?’
And Pete said, ‘Because you can handle it.'”

“It empowered me to get my shit together. Don’t feel sorry and don’t react. Respond,” he added.

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