Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder took a moment during his solo concert in Seattle Tuesday night to pay tribute to another hometown rocker, Mark Lanegan, who passed away yesterday at age 57.
In fan-shot footage of the show, a clearly emotional Vedder tells the crowd that he’d been feeling “really terrible” before he and his solo band The Earthlings were set to take the stage.
“I think it was because I was having an allergic reaction to sadness,” Vedder said as his voice broke. “Because we lost…there’s a guy called Mark Lanegan.”
“There are a lot of really great musicians, some people know Seattle because of the musicians that have come out of the great Northwest,” the “Even Flow” rocker continued. “Some of those guys were one-of-a-kind singers. Mark was certainly that, and with such a strong voice.”
Lanegan co-founded the band Screaming Trees in nearby Ellensburg, Washington, and helped pioneer the grunge sound that brought fame to the Seattle area in the ’90s.
“He’s gonna be deeply missed,” Vedder said of Lanegan. “At least we will always have his voice to listen to and his words and his books to read, he wrote two incredible books in the last few years.”
Vedder added that he wanted to “let [Lanegan’s] wife and loved ones know that people in his old stomping grounds have been thinking about him, and we love him.”
According to Setlist.fm, Vedder dedicated a performance of the song “Tender Mercies,” which he recorded alongside Glen Hansard for the Flag Day soundtrack, to Lanegan.
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