Footage has emerged online of Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder joined onstage by Cat Power at a gig in Portugal last week – watch it above.
The pair performed their song ‘Tonight You Belong To Me’ from the Pearl Jam frontman’s 2011 solo album ‘Ukulele Songs’ at the Super Bock Super Rock in Portugal on Friday night (July 18). In the fan-filmed footage, you can see Vedder introducing Cat Power – aka Chan Marshall – to the stage by calling her “one of my favourite singers of all time – without a doubt”. The pair then drink from a bottle of red wine together.
At the same show Vedder covered Neil Young’s ‘Needle And The Damage Done’, as well as John Lennon‘s ‘Imagine’, the latter for the first time ever. 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.
Prior to 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 to 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.”
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.