Performing in São Paulo, Brazil Saturday night (Nov. 14), Pearl Jam dedicated the emotional song “Love Boat Captain” to the victims of Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris. Eddie Vedder addressed the crowd in the native tongue (as seen in the fan-shot video above), reading from a piece of paper and explained that their next song would be dedicated to those victims, which was met with a huge roar from the crowd.
“Love Boat Captain” already carried a somber tone, as the song was written as a tribute to the fans who died at the band’s Roskilde Festival performance in 2000 that left nine dead. The lyrics originally stated, “Lost nine friends we’ll never know / two years ago today,” but those words were altered in the Sao Paulo performance to reflect the recent tragedy. The line was changed to “Lost [some of our] friends we’ll never know / oh again today.” The direct fan-shot clip can be heard in the video below.
As we’ve reported, the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday (Nov. 13) occurred in six separate locations, one being a venue where Eagles of Death Metal were performing. Having heard gunfire, the band stopped playing and escaped through the back door. The group was reported safe in addition to all but one crew member. As was reported, the band’s merch guy Nick Alexander was counted among upwards of 80 casualties at the Bataclan Theater where they were playing.
Members of Deftones were reportedly at the venue as well, but left before the attack began. Slated to play at the Bataclan the next three nights, the band canceled their appearances and even the rest of their tour. Other rock acts scheduled to play in France like Foo Fighters, Motorhead, In Flames, Papa Roach, Five Finger Death Punch and Marilyn Manson canceled shows as well.