Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder took a break from dipping into Disney’s catalog (remember his “Let It Go” cover?) to release his version of John Lennon’s classic song “Imagine” earlier today. Vedder, who is famously anti-war, first played his subdued and moving version of the iconic track as a means of backtracking on some controversial remarks he’d made onstage. This summer, the alt-rock legend happened to offend his Israeli fans after a rant that some interpreted as being pro-Palestine while touring in England in July. A week later in Portugal, he played “Imagine” for the first time.
“It seems like maybe there is a reason to play it,” he told the crowd at the time before beginning the song. “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.” You can watch that performance above.