Proceeds from the single will go to benefit an organisation which is attempting to unite Israel and Palestine
The Pearl Jam frontman covered the song at the Super Bock Super Rock festival in Portugal in July of this year, and he has now released a version to iTunes in order to benefit Heartbeat, an organisation which is attempting to unite Israel and Palestine through music, reports Consequence of Sound.
The performance in July came after Vedder quoted John Lennon‘s song in a statement, which backed up anti-war comments he made at a Pearl Jam gig in Milton Keynes this summer. 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 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.”
The frontman also 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.