Watch Eddie Vedder Shed Tears During “Black” Performance For Chris Cornell


Eddie Vedder performed “Black” in Florence, Italy on Saturday, and while he did not mention Chris Cornell by name, many interpreted the emotional performance as being for the late Soundgarden frontman.

Vedder said, “I obviously don’t have a band up here, but I have you, and we have each other. We’ve been playing with some string sections, and they couldn’t be here tonight. So I’m looking to employ you, and employ you to do this one together, we’ll borrow a few Stone chords. We are many, we are one, and probably all of us at one time have been through the black.”

Sabrina Vani wrote on Twitter, “I’m just speechless in front of Eddie Vedder literally bursting into tears while singing Black, clearly dedicated to Chris Cornell.” KatiLC tweeted, “One of the most beautiful statements of love,his tears,the cover of Imagine,the energy and his wonderful voice!!What an artist #EddieVedder.”

Watch videos of the performance below, followed by the full setlist.

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Setlist (posted by Sea on the Ten Club boards via John):
01. Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town
(addresses audience in Italian)
02. Wishlist
03. Immortality
04. Trouble-(Stevens)
05. Brain Damage-(Waters)
06. Sometimes
07. I Am Mine
08. Can’t Keep
09. Sleeping By Myself
10. Far Behind
11. Setting Forth
12. Guaranteed
(Ed says Italy will always mean the world to him because that is where he met his wife)
13. Rise
14. The Needle and The Damage Done-(Young)
15. {instrumental section from Ed’s version of Millworker}
16. Unthought Known
17. Black (Ed lets the audience sing the “I know someday you’ll have…” bridge section on their own)
18. Lukin
19. Porch
20. Comfortably Numb-( Gilmour Waters)
21. Imagine-(Lennon, Ono)
22. Better Man/Save It For Later-(Charley, Cox, Morton, Steele, Wakeling)
23. Last Kiss-(Cochran)
24. Untitled
25. MFC
26. Falling Slowly-(Hansard, Irglová) with Glen Hansard singing lead and playing guitar, Ed sings harmony and lead on bridge.
27. Song Of Good Hope-(Hansard) Ed sings lead, Glen plays guitar and sings harmony.
{Ed goes to the barricade and interacts with the audience while singing. For the third voice he goes back to the second barricade and stands on it.}
28. Society-(Hannan) w/ Glen Hansard
29. Smile-w/ Glen Hansard
30. Rockin’ In The Free World-(Young)
31. Hard Sun-(Peterson) with Glen Hansard, Graham Hopkins, Joe Doyle, Ruth O’Mahony-Brady