Imagine this: you’re at a Pearl Jam show in the early 90s. You meet Eddie Vedder. You hang out with him late into the night. You go home, he goes on to his next tour stop, you never hear from him again. Until 27 years later, when he’s in your town and shouts you out from the stage.
This is a thing that happened to Valeska Custers, a Dutch Pearl Jam fan. The band played her home town of Utrecht in 1992, and she did indeed meet Vedder after the show. The two were smitten with one another, and she ended up giving him a ride–on the back of her brother’s bicycle–back to his hotel after the gig. No funny stuff, just some crushing-on-you, soulmate vibes.
Flash forward to just a week ago, when Vedder was back in the Netherlands for a pair of solo shows. He asked from the stage: “Is the woman who gave me a lift to my hotel in 1992 maybe here tonight? I’m almost certain that I would still recognize her face.” Custers wasn’t, but Dutch newspaper Het Parool found her, put her in touch with Vedder, and the two met up at a show in Belgium.
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Het rocksprookje van de Pearl Jam-frontman en de vrouw die hem in 1992 op de fiets naar zijn hotel bracht, heeft een happy end gekregen. Valeska Custers werd uitgenodigd bij het concert van Eddie Vedder in Brussel. Op de foto's: Eddie Vedder in 1992 en in 2019. En: Vedder en Custers samen na het optreden in Brussel. (???? Marcel Wagenaar)
Incredibly, impossibly romantic, right? Click here to read Custer’s entire account in Het Parool.