WATCH: Chris Cornell's daughter Lily interviews Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder

Watch 25/08/2020

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder recently had a chat with Lily Cornell Silver, covering a range of topics such as activism, dealing with grief, and his friendship with the late Chris Cornell.

On what would've been Chris Cornell's 56th birthday, Lily launched a mental health podcast, with the goal of opening up "candid, unapologetic" discussions around stigmas surrounding mental health. She has since interviewed other musos such as GNR's Duff McKagan, as well as a range of health professionals.

But this episode of 'Mind Wide Open' was particuarly special because Vedder and Cornell were good mates for a long time - and we learn early on in the podcast that Vedder has been a close part of Lily's support system since the tragic passing of her dad. 

In fact, Vedder remembers when Lily was born, as it was just minutes before Pearl Jam walked onstage at Roskilde in 2000 - the event where nine people were tragically trampled to death. 

Vedder then opens up about how he dealt with the tragedy, saying he turned to Pete Townshend for advice. Vedder explains:

"There I was in a fetal position, basically. I was doing a little bit of ‘woe is me’ and ‘why did this happen to us?’ And Pete said, ‘Because you can handle it.’ It empowered me to get my shit together. Don’t feel sorry and don’t react. Respond."

The two covered a heap of insightful topics, including how Vedder deals with his own struggles, some memorable experiences with the late Cornell, music and activism.

Have a watch of the full podcast below.