Eddie Vedder Covers "Imagine" In Case You Missed His Open Letter

After Eddie Vedder declared himself anti-war and quoted John Lennon’s “Imagine” in an open letter last week, he covered the famously anti-war song for the first time during a solo show in Portugal on Friday night. Before the song began, he said, “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.” Watch a fan video of the performance below.

[Photo by Jason Oxenham/Getty.]

Comments (14)
  1. Give me a break, Eddie. Call me up. We’ll spend a week together and we’ll talk reality. The Suburban model was flawed. The Megaburban model is the even more flawed. I loved John Lennon, but the man was literally and figuratively myopic. If you’re going to perform as an adult and make public statements as an adult, you better use your head enough to deal with reality like an adult. Airy-fairy bullshit will not bring about real and lasting peace. War is not caused by religion. It’s caused by scarcity, greed, geopolitics and host of other realpolitik factors. Peace will only be achieved through real and radical changes to national and global economies. You can’t just flash a “peace sign” and think you’re achieving peace. Same goes for eating veggie burritos in the Grateful Dead parking lot. It might win you a few friends amongst the bong-rip krew, but it’s not confronting reality the way true peace needs to. True peace is minimalist and genuinely economically conservative. And, true peace comes from God.

    • You’re as big an idiot douchebag as he is, just in mirror image.

    • Well, at least he has the stones to speak out against war. More public figures should be doing so.

      • “Speaking out against war” is easy. Creating peace is much, much more difficult. The vast majority of the people in the world want peace, but when bastards kill decent people you don’t blame victims or armies seeking to deal with very difficult situations–combat zones, etc. “Kumbaya in the Park for Justice” emboldens bastards to slaughter more because it’s not an active defense. When people murder people in civilization, they face stiff penalties. When nations invade other nations and harm the livelihood of large populations, someone needs to stand up and defend–that someone is a military. This cover of “Imagine” is nothing more than “Radical Chic,” some name-dropping from the stage to prove EV’s on the right “side” of things. http://www.tomwolfe.com/RadicalChic.html

    • You have a point, but if you read enough comment threads on FB’s Al Jazeera & Haaretz pages, you’ll see that religion figures in there, too.

    • You had me right up to that last sentence. What a shame.

    • “War is not caused by religion.”? You must have missed some History classe’s.. Anyway I suggest you to watch this video just to have a glimpse of the idea. An actual one in that:


  2. I’ll send a Uhaul by to pick up your instruments and recording gear, Eddie–so you can “Imagine no possessions.” I’ll also take the keys to your house and car(s), thanks. I could really use a studio at the moment to begin recording again. “The children of today should defend themselves against the ’70s…”

  3. This whole debate made me remember how much I loved Into The Wild and its soundtrack. That’s about it.

  4. Is that the only picture y’all have of Eddie Vedder?

  5. Here’s some pictures from Eddie Vedder show in Portugal http://www.ruadebaixo.com/galeria/fotografias/?gid=50676

  6. #EDDIEVEDDER @ #SBSR COVERS, JOHN LENNON’S “IMAGINE” – 2014-07-18 DOWNLOAD Mp3 + FLAC HERE… http://evolutionofthemommason.blogspot.ca/

  7. Yeah, speaking out against war is easy. Speaking out against speaking out against war? Now THAT’S impressive. Congratulations, dude.

  8. Speaking out against war is easy. Anybody can do it. It’s the ultimate in “preaching to the choir”. Unfortunately war is, was, and is ALWAYS going to be a reality. And to pretend like it’s not is childish. I love my country (Thanks War of Independence). I love the fact that the Nazi’s didn’t take over the entire world (thanks WWII). And I love not worrying about nuclear war every single day like I did when I was kid (Thanks Cold War).

    As soon as anti-war people stop this entire “war is bad, mmmay?” rhetoric we can start talking about specifics and dealing with the atrocities of issues at hand. And not continue to ball them into a giant BS concept.

    “Imagine” is childlike in it’s sentiment. It’s a lovely notion. But it only makes the anti-war messenger look juvenile. And until we tackle these issues like adults with adult solutions the message ends up sounding naive.

    Hate away.

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