Eddie Vedder responds to controversy over anti-war comments

Pearl Jam singer quotes John Lennon in statement in which he defends his anti-war speech

Eddie Vedder responds to controversy over anti-war comments

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Eddie Vedder has quoted John Lennon in a newly released statement, which backs up anti-war comments the Pearl Jam frontman made at a gig last week in Milton Keynes.

The singer write a blog entitled "Imagine That – I'm Still Anti-War" after fans reacted to his speech, which though it did not directly reference the Israeli-Palestine conflict, was called an "anti-Israel diatribe" by The Jerusalem Post, but also received support.

In the statement, Vedder quoted John Lennon's 'Imagine', and stood by his comments. "With about a dozen assorted ongoing conflicts in the news everyday, and with the stories becoming more horrific, the level of sadness becomes unbearable," he wrote. "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." Read the full statement at Pearljam.com.

Speaking on stage during the three-hour long gig last week, 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 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.

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