Watch Eddie Vedder Debut Lou Reed’s “After Hours”
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder took time during the encore of the band's show in Los Angeles last night to pay tribute to the late Lou Reed. Vedder spoke about time he spent with Reed in New York following the Roskilde incident in 2000, where several people died in the front row of Pearl Jam's set at the festival due to a surge forward from the crowd. Pearl Jam cancelled the rest of their European tour following the tragedy, and were even blamed by Danish police, prompting a lengthy investigation into the event. No charges were ever filed against Roskilde or Pearl Jam.
To further prove the gravity of the event, when asked how close the band came to breaking up following Roskilde, guitarist Mike McCready said, "“I think the thought crossed all of our minds, but it wouldn’t have been a good way to end it all.” Last night, Vedder thanked Reed for his help during that time, and then debuted a cover of Reed's "After Hours." Watch the replay below.
And here is footage from Pearl Jam Twenty, where Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament candidly discuss the Roskilde incident and the aftermath of such a tragedy.