By Kevin Rutherford
Vedder finally addressed the comments he made in a post on Pearl Jam’s website today (July 16), but he’s not exactly backing down from what he said.
In a post titled “Imagine That — I’m Still Anti-War,” Vedder wrote fondly of John Lennon’s anti-war anthem “Imagine” and stood firm in his comments while refraining from addressing his critics.
“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,” he wrote. “That’s not something I’m going to stop anytime soon. Call me naïve. I’d rather be naïve, heartfelt and hopeful than resigned to say nothing for fear of misinterpretation and retribution.”
He added: “With all the global achievements in modern technology, enhanced communication and information devices, cracking the
human genome, land rovers on Mars etc., do we really have to resign ourselves to the devastating reality that conflict will be resolved with bombs, murder and acts of barbarism?