As Pearl Jam gears up for another outing, frontman Eddie Vedder is revisiting a tour stop he made on his own this summer. During a July solo concert in Portugal, Vedder covered John Lennon's "Imagine."
A recording of the performance is now available on iTunes, with proceeds set to go to Heartbeat.fm. The organization provides opportunities for young Israeli and Palestinian musicians to work together and amplify their voices.
At the time of the original performance, Vedder explained that he'd never covered "Imagine" before because he considered it to be "the most powerful song ever written." But on that night he felt there was "a reason to play it." It came just a few days after Vedder made a mid-concert anti-war speech following an escalation in fighting between Israel and Palestine.
Meanwhile, Pearl Jam is set to kick off the latest leg of its "Lightning Bolt" tour. The trek starts Wednesday night in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is scheduled to last through the end of the month. The outing includes stops at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, and wraps with two performances at this year's Bridge School Benefit Concert in Mountain View, California.
Pearl Jam's U.S. tour dates:
Oct. 1: Cincinnati, Ohio (US Bank Arena)
Oct. 3: St. Louis (Scottrade Center)
Oct. 5: Austin, Tex. (Austin City Limits Music Festival)
Oct. 8: Tulsa, Okla. (BOK Center)
Oct. 9: Lincoln, Neb. (Pinnacle Bank Arena)
Oct. 12: Austin, Tex. (Austin City Limits Music Festival)
Oct. 14: Memphis, Tenn (FedEx Forum)
Oct. 16: Detroit (Joe Louis Arena)
Oct. 17: Moline, Ill. (iWireless Center)
Oct. 19: St. Paul, Minn (Xcel Energy Center)
Oct. 20: Milwaukee, Wis. (BMO Harris Bradley Center)
Oct. 22: Denver, Colo. (Pepsi Arena)
Oct. 25: Mountain View, Calif. (The Bridge School Benefit Concert)
Oct. 26: Mountain View, Calif. (The Bridge School Benefit Concert)
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