Eddie Vedder Sings ‘Imagine’ To Show His Stance On War
Pearl Jam – Daughter – Milton Keynes National Bowl 11th July 2014
Rolling Stone has the story…
The following is an excerpt from Eddie Vedder Plays ‘Imagine’ at Concert, Reinforces Anti-War Stance
Over the past week, Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder has made a number of comments speaking out against war and has dismissed speculation that they were directed at Israel. Most recently, at his July 18th solo show in Meco, Portugal, the singer addressed his feelings about war at length and, for the first time in his career, performed John Lennon’s “Imagine,” accompanied only by acoustic guitar, to further illustrate his opinion. “I think it is the most powerful song ever written, which is why I have never played it,” Vedder said in his introduction, according to Consequence of Sound. “It seems like maybe there is a reason to play it.”
“Sometimes if you speak out, people are going to misunderstand and they take things a certain way or another,” he told the audience. “If you don’t speak out, you don’t know. If someone doesn’t like it, that probably means it has some kind of meaning. It’s not just bullshit. It’s not just nothing.” He also encouraged the concertgoers to sing “Imagine” with him.
The Huffington Post has more details…
The following is an excerpt from Eddie Vedder Responds To Outrage Over Comments That Were Called ‘Anti-Israel’
In his piece clarifying the July 11 incident, Vedder did not mention any specific nation by name outside of the United States.
“Currently, I’m full of hope,” wrote Vedder. “That hope springs from the multitudes of people that our band has been fortunate enough to play for night after night here in Europe. To see flags of so many different nations, and to have these huge crowds gathered peacefully and joyfully is the exact inspiration behind the words I felt the need to emphatically relay. When attempting to make a plea for more peace in the world at a rock concert, we are reflecting the feelings of all those we have come in contact with so we may all have a better understanding of each other.”