Eddie Vedder was the most recent guest on Lily Cornell Silver’s new IGTV series Mind Wide Open, and while the Pearl Jam frontman took time to reminisce about his good friend, Lily’s dad Chris Cornell, he also took some time to talk about a contemporary artist and make a somewhat surprising comparison.
“Billie Eilish has a lot of people listening to her,” he said. “I remember our first record, there’s some sad s**t on there, and I’m thinking, ‘Well, this is kind of depressing that tens of millions of people are relating to this.’ But again, it was probably a healthy thing for everybody.”
Interestingly enough, this isn’t the first time Eilish has been compared to ’90s grunge heavyweights. Last year, Dave Grohl likened the singer’s connection to fans to his band Nirvana.
Watch Lily’s interview with Vedder below.
Lily recently divulged that the name of her new interview series, which aims to “help destigmatize the conversation around mental health,” was inspired by a lyric he dad wrote in the ’90s but never released as a song.
“I was in a poetry class in high school, which is such a Seattle thing to do,” she said with a laugh when asked where the name came from. “But I had to write an archive piece, and my dad gave me some lyrics that he’d written in the ’90s for a song that I don’t think ever came out. One of the lyrics was ‘Death is the mind wide open.’ And that really, really stuck with me from the time he gave that to me in 2016.”
“That’s really stuck with me over time,” she added. “And it made me think there are so many other ways to have your mind wide open. For me, music is a way to have your mind wide open, or openly discussing mental health is a way to have your mind wide open. So especially since losing my dad, that’s been something for me to think about a lot. What are other ways to feel fulfilled and other ways to be present in this moment? I think the series is definitely one of those for me.”
Article: Katrina Nattress