Pearl Jam pay tribute to Anthony Bourdain on opening gig of Europe tour: Watch

We dedicate this to Anthony, my friend David, his brother Andrew. They are deep in our hearts tonight and we thank you, said Eddie Vedder as he spoke in Dutch

                            Pearl Jam pay tribute to Anthony Bourdain on opening gig of Europe tour: Watch

With over two decades of worldwide live touring history under their belt, there's no doubt that Pearl Jam is a class act. Earlier in March, they kicked off their very first live gig of the year with a tribute to Chris Cornell. They proved that their heart is in the right place once again on Tuesday night as they kicked off the first show of the European tour at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, Netherlands, NME reports.

Before the night's grand performance, Eddie Vedder took a moment to pay tribute to the late chef Anthony Bourdain and designer Kate Spade, after both passed away tragically recently.

Speaking in Dutch, Vedder said “We dedicate this to Anthony [Bourdain], my friend David [Spade], his brother Andrew [Spade],” the latter two being the brother-in-law and husband, respectively, of designer Kate Spade. “They are deep in our hearts tonight and we thank you.”

The dedication was followed by the very first song of the tour — a soulful rendition of 'Long Road', from the B-side of Pearl Jam's 1995 album 'Merkin Ball'. As Consequence of Sound rightly pointed out, the rendition is "The type ultra-deep cut that not only is emblematic of the outfit’s trademark knack for carving out unpredictable setlists, but their uncanny talent to make a moment that much more special." 

The chorus of the song was especially fitting for the occasion and the slow burner built an emotionally charged atmosphere at the Ziggo Dome as you can see in the fan-shot video below. For the uninitiated, the chorus of 'Long Road' goes: “I have wished for so long/ How I wish for you today/ Will I walk the long road? (the long road)/ Cannot stay (the long road)/ There’s no need to say goodbye (to say goodbye).” 

Earlier this week, U2 dedicated a track to Bourdain during a gig in New York. Performing at Harlem’s Apollo Theater, Bono spoke of losing “a lot of inspiring, useful people” recently “who gave up on their own life”. Speaking directly of the “great storyteller” Bourdain, the frontman said: “So for Anthony Bourdain, and his friends and family, this is a song inspired by a great, great, great friend of ours.” Relive the moment here.

Meanwhile, Pearl Jam recently released a new single 'Can't Deny Me' and confirmed that it would serve as the lead single of their new yet-to-be-titled album, the follow-up to 2013’s 'Lightning Bolt'. A release date is also yet to be confirmed but last month, bassist Jeff Ament said in an interview that “2019 is probably safe to say.” Find Pearl Jam's full setlist for the night below:

Pearl Jam Setlist @ Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, NL - 06/12/2018

01. Long Road
02. Low Light
03. Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town
04. Corduroy
05. Do The Evolution
06. Given To Fly
07. Mind Your Manners
08. Red Mosquito
09. Wishlist
10. Even Flow
11. Severed Hand
12. Not For You
13. Daughter / Another Brick In The Wall Part 2
14. Again Today
15. Got Some
16. Down
17. Better Man

01. Yellow Moon
02. Footsteps
03. Jeremy
04. Why Go
05. Porch
06. Black
07. Alive
08. Fuckin’ Up
09. Indifference