The Pearl Jam frontman bites back at his critics: "I’d rather be naïve, heartfelt and hopeful than resigned to say ?nothing for fear of misinterpretation and retribution"
One week after delivering a mid-concert anti-war diatribe in England that some critics dubbed "anti-Israel," Eddie Vedder penned an anti-war essay on Pearl Jam's website to clarify and expand upon his thoughts.
Opening with the iconic quote from John Lennon's "Imagine" -- "You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one" -- Vedder talks about refusing to grow accustomed to the "death and destruction" we see in the news every day.
Vedder doesn't verify or deny that he was talking about the Israel-Palestine conflict during his rant. Instead, he simply says he was "attempting to make a plea for more peace in the world at a rock concert." And as the essay's headline -- "Imagine That, I'm Still Anti-War" -- indicates, he's not apologetic.