Sunday, July 20, 2014

VIDEO: Eddie Vedder performs John Lennon classic Imagine

Following some criticism over his anti-war comments during Pearl Jam’s recent concert at Milton Keynes in England, Eddie Vedder delivered his debut performance of the John Lennon classic, “Imagine”, during a solo show in Portugal on Friday.

“Well, so anti war make you pro many things. Pro peace, pro human, pro evolution, Makes you pro communication, pro diplomacy, pro love, pro understanding, pro forgiveness,” commented Vedder as he introduced the song. “You know, some people don’t understand how you can be pro soldier. If you are anti war, you’re pro soldier because you don’t want the soldier to be put in harm’s way. To sacrifice himself or herself for some reason that’s not…for no good reason. I have many, many…We have many, many friends of the group and throughout our lives we’ve met incredible people in the armed forces. We have an understanding and they listen our music and they get it so I’m not sure…You know sometimes if you speak out, people are going to misunderstand and they take things a certain way or another. If you don’t speak out, you don’t know.”

“If someone doesn’t like it, it probably means it has some kind of meaning. It’s not just bullshit. It’s not just nothing,” he continued. “So this next song I always thought it was probably the most powerful song ever written. I think it is the most powerful song ever written….which is why I have never played it. It seems like maybe there is a reason to play it. If you’d like join me or use your voices or hold a light, there might be some people out there that need to know they are not alone.”

During Pearl Jam’s July 11 stop at Milton Keynes, Vedder vented his frustration over war and the number of current conflicts around the globe.

Last Wednesday, the singer posted a follow-up to his onstage comments by releasing a statement further explaining his position – it opened and closed with a quote from “Imagine” – read Vedder’s full statement here.

Below are two videos of the “Imagine” performance – the first is the song only, the second includes Eddie’s introduction.

See also:

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