Read Eddie Vedder's Moving Tribute to 'Older Brother' Chris Cornell

"I'm still thinking about those memories and I will live with those memories in my heart and I will love him forever," says Pearl Jam singer

Eddie Vedder delivered a moving tribute to his late friend Chris Cornell during a concert in London Tuesday. Credit: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty

Eddie Vedder poignantly addressed the death of Chris Cornell during a concert in London Tuesday. A transcript of the musician's remarks appeared on the Pearl Jam message board.

According to the transcript, Vedder never mentioned Cornell by name, though spoke candidly about his struggle to cope with losing "a really close friend of mine." Cornell died by suicide in a Detroit hotel room last month at the age of 52.

"I want to be there for the family, be there for the community, be there for my brothers in my band, certainly the brothers in his band," said Vedder. "But these things will take time, but my friend is going to be gone forever and I will just have to … These things take time and I just want to send this out to everyone who was affected by it, and they all back home and here appreciate it so deeply, the support and the good thoughts of a man who was a … you know he wasn't just a friend, he was someone I looked up to like my older brother."

Two days after Cornell's death, Vedder said he woke up in the middle of the night, his head filled with memories. "I couldn't stop the memories," he said. "And trying to sleep it was like if the neighbors had the music playing and you couldn't stop it. But then it was fine because then it got into little memories. It just kept going and going and going. And I realized how lucky I was to have hours worth of … you know, if each of these memories was quick and I had hours of them. How fortunate was I? And I didn't want to be sad, wanted to be grateful not sad. I'm still thinking about those memories and I will live with those memories in my heart and I will love him forever."

Vedder has a strict "performance etiquette policy" that prohibits recording at his concerts, so a video of his remarks has not surfaced. Prior to his speech in London, Vedder had peppered a recent solo concert with tributes to Cornell, altering lyrics to Pearl Jam's "Long Road," covering Neil Young's "The Needle and the Damage Done" and Fugazi's "I'm So Tired."

Transcript of Eddie Vedder's Remarks on Chris Cornell

Sometimes it's hard to concentrate these days. I was thinking about the history of this building and the Bowie history. So I started to think about that and my mind began to wander. It's not a good...

So I haven't really been talking about some things and I kind of... now it feels like it's conspicuous because I lost a really close friend of mine, somebody who...(applause).

I'll say this too, I grew up as 4 boys, 4 brothers and I lost my brother 2 years ago tragically like that in an accident and after that and losing a few other people, I'm not good at it, meaning I'm not...I have not been willing to accept the reality and that's just how I'm dealing with it (applause starts).

No, no, no, no

So I want to be there for the family, be there for the community, be there for my brothers in my band, certainly the brothers in his band. But these things will take time but my friend is going to be gone forever and I will just have to...

These things take time and I just want to send this out to everyone who was affected by it and they all back home and here appreciate it so deeply the support and the good thoughts of a man who was a ... you know he wasn't just a friend he was someone I looked up to like my older brother.

About two days after the news, I think it was the second night we were sleeping in this little cabin near the water, a place he would've loved. And all these memories started coming in about 1:30am like woke me up. Like big memories, memories I would think about all the time. Like the memories were big muscles.

And then I couldn't stop the memories. And trying to sleep it was like if the neighbors had the music playing and you couldn't stop it. But then it was fine because then it got into little memories. It just kept going and going and going. And I realized how lucky I was to have hours worth of...you know if each of these memories was quick and I had hours of them. How fortunate was I?! And I didn't want to be sad, wanted to be grateful not sad. I'm still thinking about those memories and I will live with those memories in my heart and I will...love him forever.