Eddie Vedder Addresses Roskilde Tragedy During Pearl Jam Concert In Copenhagen

Watch the band’s frontman discuss the tragic 2000 incident.

By Scott Bernstein Jul 6, 2022 8:45 am PDT

Pearl Jam continued their European tour at Royal Arena in Copenhagen, Denmark on Tuesday, where frontman Eddie Vedder spoke about a tragic incident that took place during the band’s set at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark on June 30, 2000. Nine people died and dozens were injured in stampede while Pearl Jam performed at the Danish festival.

Vedder discussed the Roskilde incident before Pearl Jam offered the tour’s first “Love Boat Captain,” a song that references the horrific scene. “That was a day that changed so many people’s lives,” Eddie said as fans around the venue held up lights on their phones. The vocalist went on to talk about the huge impact the tragedy has on the band.

“We kind of remember there is our lives before that and then there is our lives after … that day in so many ways colored our humanity, our compassion, our empathy, our sadness and since that time a lot of us have gone on to have children. So now, even more than then, we understand the depth of loss and we’ll always be so sorry for the tragic events that took place and we just want to say how grateful to some of the families that we’ve been able to be in contact with and to share our lives with and share their futures and we’ve become friends and we’ve witnessed the grandchildren in their lives and their accepting of us as people has meant as much as anything in our whole lives.”

“Thank you for still being here,” Vedder added. “I just once again want to send all our love, appreciation and gratitude and solemn to all those families.” Pearl Jam then performed an emotional “Love Boat Captain” before ending their 18-song set with “Porch.” The evening concluded with an encore featuring “Better Man,” “Alive” and “Rockin’ In The Free World.”

The Seattle rockers started the concert with “Release” off their 1991 debut studio album, Ten. Pearl Jam put the focus on Ten in Seattle by including six additional tracks from the LP in the setlist. The evening also featured rare takes on “Lukin” and “Inside Job” as well as Gigaton cuts “Dance Of The Clairvoyants,” “Never Destination” and “Retrograde,” among classics.

See Eddie’s speech and Pearl Jam’s “Love Boat Captain” from last night’s show below:

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Setlist (via PearlJam.com)

Set: Release, Animal, Last Exit, Lukin, Corduroy, Retrograde, Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town, Garden, Dance Of The Clairvoyants, Even Flow, Daughter/WMA, Never Destination, Jeremy, Inside Job, Do The Evolution, Black, Love Boat Captain, Porch

Encore: Better Man, Alive, Rockin’ In The Free World

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