Vedder told the story during a recent solo performance in Amsterdam, asking the crowd, "Is the woman who gave me a lift to my hotel in 1992 maybe here tonight?… I am almost certain that I would still recognize her face."
While no one in the crowd came forward, Dutch paper Het Parool did the detective work for the Pearl Jam frontman, tracking down Custers and asking for her recollections of their encounter those many years ago.
As Custers recalled, she was in attendance at the Utrecht show to see openers City Pig Unit and was approached by Vedder backstage. "He was extremely shy," she told the publication. "But I really felt a connection with him."
Custers met with Vedder later on in the evening at a café, where they talked until the early hours of the morning. Though she offered to hail him a cab, Vedder instead hitched a ride on the back of Custers' bike, holding tight to her backpack that he forgot to return before heading back to his hotel.
"I still remember thinking: I'm not going to give myself to him," Custers told the publication. "He'll be somewhere else tomorrow and I'll be one of the thousands of girls… He feels a bit like my soulmate."
After the first Het Parool article found its way back to Vedder, the artist's tour managers invited Custers and her husband to a show in Brussels. A second story from Het Parool confirms that the two reunited backstage, with Vedder reportedly telling her, "you still have that same smile."
Vedder also noted that he had attempted to return the backpack. "I made you write down your address in order to do so. I'm not sure if I still have it now, but I kept it for years at least," he said.
Find a photo of the pair below.
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)