The Who's Pete Townshend has reached out to Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, offering advice and consolation in the wake of the tragedy at the Roskilde festival in Denmark. Nine concert-goers died due to injuries sustained in a stampede that occurred during Pearl Jam's performance last Friday in Copenhagen.
The incident drew almost immediate comparison to the deaths of 11 fans at a Who show at Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum on December 3, 1979, an event widely regarded as one of the worst concert tragedies in rock history.
Townshend posted a message on his official Web site (www.petetownshend.com) on July 2 in which he stated that he "spoke yesterday with Eddie Vedder" and "passed on what [he] knew The Who had done wrong after the Cincinnati disaster."
"In a nutshell, I think we left too soon," Townshend wrote, "and I spoke too angrily with the press and without proper consideration
of the fact that the people who deserved respect were the dead and their families.
"Luckily Pearl Jam and their management have stayed in Denmark, and canceled subsequent shows. Other bands also marked some respect by refusing to play. If you have faith, please pray for the victims and their families, and for everyone who was involved. It was a horrific experience for them."
Vedder has been a friend of Townshend's for the last few years (see "The Who And Eddie Vedder Add One More Night"), and Vedder has often referred to The Who's 1973 album, "Quadrophenia," as one of his all-time favorites.
Townshend is currently on the road with a reunited Who; the group is scheduled to perform on July 9 at the Jones Beach Amphitheater in Wantagh, New York.
Pearl Jam was supposed to launch a North American tour in support of its newest album, "Binaural," but have yet to make a decision whether to go on as planned,
or to delay the outing because of the concert deaths (see "UPDATE: Pearl Jam Performance Struck By Tragedy").