Erst vor ein paar Tagen hat sich Eddie Vedder in einem offenen Brief an seine Fans gewandt und sich zum Krieg als solches geäußert, nachdem er für vorangegangene Worte einige Kritik einstecken durfte.
Nun hat er mit einem Cover von Lennons „Imagine“ live in Portugal den passenden Soundtrack zu seinen „anti war“ Worten gespielt. Vedder hält den Song für einen der stärksten Songs überhaupt. Das ist auch der Grund dafür, dass er den Song bisher niemals live vor Publikum gecovert hat.
Vedder kündigte das Cover mit den folgenden Worten an:
You know if you are anti war, If your anti war it doesn“™t mean you are pro one side or the other in a conflict. However it does make you pro many things.“ Ed sees something in the audience he likes. „What have you got here, wow. All right you came to play. We are not alone after all. Take this CNN, That“™s good, that“™s nice, or whomever.
„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. You know some people don“™t understand how you can be pro soldier. If you are anti war your pro soldier because you don“™t want the soldier to be put in harms 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 through out our lives we“™ve met incredible people and 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 probably means it has some kind of meaning. It“™s not just bullshit. It“™s not just nothing. 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.