Eddie Vedder opened up about the impact Chris Cornell’s death had on him in a new radio interview.
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Appears on The Howard Stern Programthe man who runs Pearl Jam has discussed his ongoing experiences with grief after Cornell committed suicide in 2017.
“I had to refuse a part,” Vedder said. “I don’t even feel chosen. I’m just scared where I will go if I allow myself to feel what I need to feel or what I instinctively want to feel or how dark I feel I will go.
“And because I haven’t seen him very often in the past 10 years – maybe just, like, four or five times, and usually at a performance or something – I still haven’t handled it yet. I will become stronger as time goes by.
Vedder went on to say that he and Cornell were “close” friends, “and that it’s not just because we play music.”
He continued: “I would hang out with him outside the band more than the people in the other bands, and I don’t know that many people in Seattle. So we’ll go on crazy hiking adventures, or we’ll go mountain biking, or we’ll chase the dog in the rain while drinking damn beer – and that’s it great.
“And it has nothing to do with being around other musicians or around some kind of LA life. It is just cool. Like, wow, here’s what a legitimate rock star doesn’t quote, here’s what he’s doing – he’s chasing a dog in the rain with his friend on Saturday night with the Schmidt. 12 children? “