You can watch Eddie Vedder’s very historic 1994 tribute to the fallen Nirvana frontman above, shortly after the hour mark. From DC101:
Kurt Cobain’s dead body was found on April 8, 1994. Later, it was revealed that the Nirvana front-man actually died three days earlier on April 5.
The news shook the music world.
The fallout led many to look to Pearl Jam. For the previous three years, both bands were constantly compared to each other. Pearl Jam and Nirvana were both based in Seattle, Washington and were considered the reigning kings of grunge.
On the day the news came out, Pearl Jam was scheduled to play a show in Fairfax, Virginia at the Patriot Center. Cobain had attacked Pearl Jam in the media. The relationship between the two bands was complicated.
But, on the night that the world found out about the death of Kurt Cobain, Eddie Vedder offered a touching tribute to his contemporary. He told the Patriot Center crowd:
“There’s a lot of space between us tonight…We’re not only kind of far, you know, we’re kind of elevated I noticed, a little more than usual. Either that, or I’ve gotten taller. But, I don’t think it’s very good to elevate yourself. That can be very dangerous. Sometimes whether you like it or not people elevate you, you know, whether you like it not. It’s real easy to fall…but I don’t think any of us would be in this room tonight if it weren’t for Kurt Cobain.”
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