Fans react to Eddie Vedder's anti-war speech at Milton Keynes gig

His words have been branded an 'anti-Israeli diatribe' but have also gained support

Fans react to Eddie Vedder's anti-war speech at Milton Keynes gig

Photo: Getty

Fans have reacted to an anti-war speech which was delivered by Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder last week during the band's show at Milton Keynes Bowl (July 11).

His words have angered Israeli fans of the band, who believe his comments were made in support of the 'Free Palestine' campaign, reports Spin. The Jerusalem Post has branded the speech an "anti-Israel diatribe" and fans of the band have taken to Vedder's Facebook to both support and condone his comments. On fan wrote: "He broke my heart... speak[ing] so irresponsibly about things and situations he knows nothing about. Now every time I listen to his CD's in my car, there is bitterness that goes along with the music." However, another stated: "It is a truly sad day when a man gets abuse for speaking out against murder and bloodshed."

Speaking on stage during the three hour long gig, Vedder commented: "I swear to fucking God, there are people out there who are looking for a reason to kill! They're looking for a reason to go across borders and take over land that doesn't belong to them. They should get the fuck out, and mind their own fucking business."

Vedder continued: "Everyone wants the same goddamn thing: to have our children, eat, procreate, draw a painting, make some art, listen to music, fuck some more, have another baby, eat, work, eat, work, love, love, love, everyone's the fucking same! So why are people at war? Stop the fucking shit, now! Now! Now! We don't want to give them our money. We don't want to give them our taxes to drop bombs on children! Now! No more! Now!" Vedder then sang Edwin Starr's anti-war song 'War'.

Neil Young & Crazy Horse have cancelled a gig in Israel due to the "current security situation" in the country. The band were due to perform in Tel Aviv's Hayarkon Park on July 17 but the gig will no longer take place. A statement issued claims that Young and his band will return to Israel when the country is at peace with Palestine.


Read More On This Artist

Pearl Jam Merchandise
More News
Michael Eavis rules out possibility of Queen or Fleetwood Mac headlining Glastonbury in 2015
Pitbull recruits Paul McCartney and Michelle Obama for new TV show
Eminem reveals tracklist for 'Shady XV' compilation album
Jack White discusses jazz and blues records of Paramount Records at Yale University - watch
Phil Collins calls Adele a 'slippery little fish' after being dropped from her new album
Ant & Dec to host Brit Awards for first time in 14 years in 2015
Lil Wayne says his new album is delayed because he's been 'skating too much'
Young Fathers: 'Mercury Prize victory will not change anything'
Pink Floyd's Dave Gilmour to release solo album in 2015
Brian Eno shares previously unreleased track 'Prague' - listen
Sun Kil Moon's Mark Kozelek releases second War On Drugs diss track 'Adam Granofsky...
PJ Harvey streams cover of Nick Cave's 'Red Right Hand' - listen
Hip-hop group Young Fathers win Mercury Prize
Die Antwoord announce UK tour for 2015
Kitty, Daisy & Lewis announce new album produced by The Clash's Mick Jones
Bon Iver's Justin Vernon to host his own festival
The Dead Weather stream new song 'Buzzkill(er)' - listen
FKA Twigs reveals video for 'Video Girl' ahead of Mercury Prize ceremony
Rock band Huxtable win competition to support Biffy Clyro at Relentless Live gig
Joan Jett, Carrie Brownstein and Alexis Krauss appear in women's rights campaign video
Midweek Chart Update: Taylor Swift set for Number One spot in Official Album Chart
Nas shocked to learn of enslaved ancestors during US TV show 'Finding Your Roots'

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM