Downie tearfully performed his last show with the Tragically Hip the same night for a sold-out crowd, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in Kingston, Canada.
“There’s something going on north of the border tonight and it involves somebody who we consider a family member just ’cause he’s part of the group of touring musicians that we’ve met over the years,” Vedder told the crowd, according to a fan-shot video from the Pearl Jam show.
“We were all informed of some sad news that he had a really tough form of brain cancer,” he continued. “He was very courageous and decided to take [the Tragically Hip] out on one last tour and tonight’s the last night of that run. So they’re up there, going through the emotions up there. I just want to send them our energy from our gathering up to their gathering up there, and wish the best to Mr. Gord Downie. We love you.”
The tribute culminated in a performance of “Light Years” off their album Binaural. Watch the performance in the video below.