Eddie Vedder Admits Pearl Jam Considered To Stop Playing Live After The Festival Tragedy
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder recalled the band’s concert at 2000’s Roskilde Festival in his Audible Original ‘I Am Mine’ and unveiled that Pearl Jam members wanted to stop performing live due to the tragic accident that occurred at the festival.
2000’s Roskilde Festival was held between June 25 and July 2, 2000, and initially drew great attention with its line-up including Lou Reed, Iron Maiden, Oasis, Pearl Jam, The Cure, Willie Nelson, and Nine Inch Nails. Rock and metal music lovers were very excited and happy to listen to these bands at the same festival. However, the festival started to be known as a tragedy after nine people died during Pearl Jam’s concert on June 30, 2000.
During Pearl Jam’s concert, people were trying to get closer to the stage to see their idols which sadly caused a crush and nine people passed away mostly because of asphyxiation. When the audience reached the security and informed Pearl Jam members about what happened in the audience, they immediately stopped the concert and told everyone to let medics reach the victims.
After the incident was examined separately by police, public prosecutors, and subsequent civil trials, the festival organizers decided to give more importance to safety protocols. It was not only a tragedy for victims’ families but also for Pearl Jam members who blamed themselves for the accident. Eddie Vedder admitted that they thought about not performing any live shows again, however, they overcame this tragic incident thanks to the support they showed each other.
In Vedder’s words, he said:
“There was at least one person in the band, I remember, that thought maybe we should never play again. We all had to process something that we all went through as individuals, but also with the help of each other.”
Eddie Vedder’s ‘I Am Mine’ was released as a part of Audible’s Words + Music series. It presents Vedder and Pearl Jam’s musical journey including tragedies and miracles at the same time along with the stories of some iconic records.