Tim Mosenfelder/Getty ImagesAt a concert Tuesday night in London, Eddie Vedder apparently paused to address the death of Chris Cornell, calling the late Soundgarden singer “like my older brother.”
Although Pearl Jam has a strict no-recording policy at its shows and no video has surfaced, a transcript of Vedder’s remarks was posted to Pearl Jam’s official fan forum.
According to the post, Vedder said, “I want to be there for the family, be there for the community, be there for my brothers in my band, certainly the brothers in his band. But these things will take time but my friend is going to be gone forever….”
Vedder added, “You know he wasn’t just a friend he was someone I looked up to like my older brother.”
Without ever mentioning Cornell’s name he told a story of waking in the middle of the night two days after Cornell died, his mind flooded by memories that kept him awake.
“And I realized how lucky I was to have hours worth of…you know if each of these memories was quick and I had hours of them. How fortunate was I?! And I didn’t want to be sad, wanted to be grateful not sad. I’m still thinking about those memories and I will live with those memories in my heart and I will…love him forever,” Vedder reportedly said.
Cornell committed suicide in his Detroit hotel room on May 18.
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