It’s a narrative that sounds straight out of Richard Linklater’s Earlier than trilogy: Again in 1993, whereas performing a present with Pearl Jam in Utrecht, Eddie Vedder met a Dutch girl named Valeska Custers. They met up at a restaurant following the live performance and talked till 3am, at which level Custers drove Vedder again to his lodge on her brother’s bicycle.
This previous weekend whereas performing in Amsterdam, Vedder paused the gig to mirror on the memorable night and ask if Custers occurred to be within the crowd. “I keep in mind her hair saved flinging in opposition to my face, Vedder recounted. “I’m virtually sure that I’d nonetheless acknowledge her face.”
Whereas Custers was not in attendance for the present, she later realized of Vedder’s feedback from a Dutch newspaper reporter who tracked her down. Custers shared her reminiscences of the night in an interview with Het Partool; she really didn’t go to the live performance to see Pearl Jam, however moderately for the night’s opening band, Metropolis Pig Unit. Whereas backstage, she was approached by Vedder. “How do you want my new tattoo?’, he requested. I advised him I favored it. He was extraordinarily shy, however I actually felt a reference to him.”
They later met up at Kafé België and, after a number of hours of dialog, Custers provided to name Vedder a taxi again to his lodge. “However he requested: Do you’ve a motorbike? He needed to journey on the again,” she recalled. They proceeded to journey by way of Utrecht, stopping sometimes to take images. Whereas on the again of the bike, Vedder held Custers’ backpack, which contained a pink flannel shirt. After exchanging goodbyes, Vedder went again to the lodge, taking the backpack with him.
Now 49 years outdated and the mom of three youngsters, Custers has tried to reconnect with Vedder over time. “I’ve considered it so many instances, however I didn’t know the way I’d organize it. It will be nice to fulfill once more. He kinda appears like my soulmate,” she advised Het Partool. As luck would have it, Vedder bought wind of her interview in Het Partool and invited Custers and her husband to his present in Brussels. Following the live performance, Custers went backstage and reunited along with her outdated good friend, who immediately acknowledged her. “You continue to have the identical smile,” Vedder advised her.
Vedder revealed to Custers that he had tried to return her backpack. “I made you write down your handle so as to take action. I’m undecided if I nonetheless have it now, however I saved it for years at the least,” he remarked.
You may learn the complete story of their 27-years-in-the-making reunion by way of Het Partool. The story is damaged into two components; discover half one right here and half two right here.