During Pearl Jam‘s recent show at Safeco Field in Seattle, singer Eddie Vedder shared an emotional story behind the band’s staple track “Even Flow” for the first time in 27 years.
A fan who attended the gig wrote (via Alternative Nation):
“Ed [told] a story he says he has never told before. He talks about hanging around the warehouse rehearsing in the very early days and meeting a homeless vet named Eddie.
“Ed would buy him the same sandwich that he bought for himself. He goes on to talk about coming home from a European tour and the man wasn’t there. Ed found out the man was living under the Viaduct [highway], which was a relief.
“‘I thought I had lost him.’ Not much later the homeless vet died. He never knew that he was part of the next song ‘Even Flow.’ Ed talks a bit about the homeless and how Eddie either didn’t get or wouldn’t take help.”