July 21, 2014 8:57

Eddie Vedder covers John Lennon's 'Imagine' live following anti-war comments

The Pearl Jam frontman played the song during a solo show in Portugal

Eddie Vedder covers John Lennon's 'Imagine' live following anti-war comments

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Eddie Vedder has covered John Lennon's 'Imagine' live for the first time ever.

The Pearl Jam frontman played his version of the song at the Super Bock Super Rock festival in Portugal on Friday night (July 18), during a solo appearance, writes Consequence of Sound. Watch fan-shot footage of the performance below. The performance came after he quoted John Lennon's song in a statement, which backed up anti-war comments he made earlier this month at a Pearl Jam gig in Milton Keynes.

Speaking before playing 'Imagine', Vedder addressed concerns that he had taken sides in the Israeli-Palestine conflict, even though he had not specifically mentioned the current troubles. "If you're anti war it doesn't mean you are pro one side or the other in a conflict," he stated. "So this next song I always thought it was probably 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."


Eddie Vedder - Imagine (live in Portugal) by sheehanpaul-ie

Last week the singer wrote a blog entitled "Imagine That – I'm Still Anti-War" after fans reacted to his Milton Keynes speech, which was called an "anti-Israel diatribe" by The Jerusalem Post, but also received support. Read the full statement at Pearljam.com.

Speaking on stage during the three-hour long gig in Milton Keynes, 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'.

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