In case you were wondering how Pearl Jam’s lead singer, Eddie Vedder, feels about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, wonder no more. A video uploaded to YouTube, taken during a recent Pearl Jam concert in Milton Keynes, England, shows exactly how the superstar singer feels about the situation.
Right around the time the radio version of the song “Daughter” would normally end, the song took a dramatic turn as Vedder began chanting “no more war” with the crowd and then unleashed into a speech that is likely to send reverberations the size of the Gaza Strip throughout Hollywood and the media. Going on what appears to be a partially-drunken tirade, with bottle in hand, Vedder unleashed an epic rant, while spitting on the stage in disgust of how the Palestinian people are being treated by the Zionist Israeli regime and chastised the continuing bombardment of innocents.
At the end of the brief chant, the commentary began with, “So what the f**k? What the f**k? We can have this many people having a peaceful time. We can have modern technology. We can reach our friends. They know what we're thinking before we're thinking it. The advertisers know what we’re thinking before we’re thinking it. We have technology, all this in our hands. But at the same time something this positive is happening, at the same f**king time, not even that far away, people are f**king dropping bombs on each other."
After which, in what clearly appeared to be an attack against the current Israeli operation in Gaza and the suffering the Palestinian people are enduring, Vedder added, "And I get if war is the last resort, if they're coming on you, I can get it, I get it. You don't want to be in that situation. But I swear to f**king God, there are some 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, and they should get the f**k out, mind their own f**king business… Stop the f**king sh*t now! Now! Now! We don’t want to give them our money. They don't get our taxes to drop bombs on children," he screamed. Which prompted the crowd to cheer in agreement of his sentiments.
He then added to the memorable occasion by saying, "Eat, procreate, make some art, listen to music, f**k some more, have another baby, eat, work, love, love, love." Then finished by saying, “So, why are people at war?" And finally led the audience in singing and repeating, "War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing." Before bringing the song to a close by repeating, “Please, please, please…” At which time the English crowd erupted in a loud roar.
The situation comes only days after it was reported that Pink Floyd founder, Roger Waters, posted an open letter to Neil Young, urging the musician to cancel his upcoming show at Yarkon Park in Tel Aviv. Saying, “Enough is enough,” while also bashing the occupation and destruction of Palestine.
Part of the letter read, "Neil Young! You are one of my biggest heroes ... your songs have always been redolent of love and humanity and compassion for your fellow man and woman. I find it hard to believe that you would turn your back on the indigenous people of Palestine. That you would lend support to, and encourage and legitimize, with your presence, a colonial apartheid regime, largely settled from Europe, that seeks to confine the native people of the land, either in exile or in second class status in reservations and ghettos. Please, brother, tell me it ain’t so."
Days later, Neil Young's concert was cancelled. Israel then claimed responsibility for cancelling the concert, however, due to what they said were "safety concerns."
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