Pearl Jam Singer Eddie Vedder Clarifies Anti-War Statement

2014-07-19

Story by Charles Ken

Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam has posted an essay online explaining his anti-war stance

Last week, Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder spoke up about his thoughts on war and Israel during a concert, and some fans interpreted the excursion as Vedder being simply anti-Israel. Now, the singer has posted an essay on Pearl Jam’s official website in an effort to clarify his thoughts. 

The essay, called “Imagine That, I’m Still Anti-War,” begins with the famous lyric from John Lennon’s “Imagine”: “You may say I’m a dreamer,… but I’m not the only one.”

Vedder clarified his position, stating, “Some of us, after another morning dose of news coverage full of death and destruction, feel the need to reach out to others to see if we are not alone in our outrage. With about a dozen assorted ongoing conflicts in the news everyday, and with the stories becoming more horrific, the level of sadness becomes unbearable.” The message implies that Vedder is against all war, not just the Israeli and Palestinian situation.

Although Vedder’s heart is heavy with what he sees in the news regarding war around the world, he’s optimistic. “Currently, I’m full of hope,” he stated. “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.”

The Pearl Jam singer added, “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.”

To read the full message, head to Pearl Jam’s official website.




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