Eddie Vedder: Pearl Jam Frontman Calls The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie ‘Very Courageous’
“There’s something going on north of the border tonight,” Vedder told thousands of people in the audience at Wrigley Field last night. “It involves somebody that we consider a family member just ’cause he’s part of the group of touring musicians we’ve met over the years.”
“There’s a guy who’s got a band called Tragically Hip,” he continued, as the crowd started to cheer. At one point, the jumbo screen cut to a fan wearing a Hip T-shirt.
“So they’re up there, going through the emotions up there. I just want to send them our energy from our gathering up to their gathering up there, and wish the best to Mr. Gord Downie. We love you,” he said.
The group then performed Light Years, a song about the death of someone close.
“Your lights reflected now, reflected from afar,” the song goes. “We were but stones. Your light made us stars.”