Pearl Jam paid tribute to the lives lost on the 20th anniversary of the tragedy of the Roskilde Festival.
Seattle rock legends shared a touching assignment to celebrate 20 years from that fateful day, when nine young men were crushed to death during their set in Roskilde, held near Copenhagen in Denmark.
“A normal festival day … show up 5 hours early. Wait for your slot. I barely remember … “reads the post. “Sunny, I think. Lou Reed played, I think. So rain and wind. But nothing has been the same since then. “
An accompanying clip features nine flames set against a black background, the soundtrack of a live snippet of Pearl Jam̵
In live, frontman Eddie Vedder modifies the text to reflect the march of time: “I have lost nine friends that I am meeting … every day. And if our life becomes too long, would it add to our regret?”
Eight young people, aged 17 to 26, were suffocated by a crush on the crowd while Pearl Jam went on stage in Roskilde 2000. A ninth man died five days later in the hospital.
Vedder and Co. were left heartless after the catastrophe, which caused 43 injuries. Bandmates even thought about dividing the group.
Subsequently, several investigations were conducted, although no allegations were made. An initial report released in December 2000 found that “a chain of unfortunate circumstances” led to death after the poor sound in the back prompted concert attendees to push forward.
A second investigation, published in the summer of 2002, found that “there is no reason to assume that anything punishable has been done.”