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Eddie Vedder Sings His 'Grievance' to Big Oil

Who gave Eddie Vedder the congressional Democrats' talking points on the evils of Big Oil and offshore drilling? (Hard to Imagine.)


Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder. (Photo by Rob Loud/Getty Images)

The Pearl Jam lead singer went on a tear during his concert Monday night at D.C.'s Verizon Center about the GOP's proposed plan to lift the ban on offshore drilling, the "corporate" mentality of the Bush administration, all the tens of millions of acres of federal oil reserves that U.S. oil companies are allegedly sitting on while Americans suffer at the gas pump, and yadda, yadda, yadda.

Sleuth informants say there was some muffled booing, even though the show, by all accounts, was so spectacular that everyone forgave Vedder's political preachiness. Especially since most Pearl Jam fans have come to expect it from the sultry baritone rocker, who has become almost as well known for his passionate anti-Bush tirades as for his music.

Concert goers say Vedder told his adoring audience that he had just been informed by "a couple of reliable sources" in town that oil companies are "sitting on 40 million acres" of federal land that could be drilled for oil, just so they can keep supplies low and prices and profits high.

(Actually, Eddie, that's 68 million acres of federal oil reserves, according to the Democrats who have been talking up their "use it or lose it" proposal to bar oil firms from bidding on new leases until they start tapping the acreage they already have.)

One Republican in the audience who was turned off by Vedder's rant was Brian Kennedy, a former spokesman for House Minority Leader John Boehner who now works at the conservative Institute for Energy Research. (Boehner, not incidentally, has been pushing for expansion of offshore oil drilling.)

While he was rolling his eyes and booing Vedder's Big Oil rant, Kennedy won't be boycotting Pearl Jam. "Would I go back? Of course. Great show," says Kennedy. "You expect a little passionate ignorance from a rock star, but it's a little disturbing when it comes straight from congressional talking points."

But Katherine Miller, a red-headed lefty who by day is a spokeswoman for the U.N. Foundation and by night (or at least last night) is a die-hard Pearl Jam fan, said she loved the show -- and the Big Oil shpiel that went with it.

"The band rocked for nearly 3 ½ hours with the crowd begging for more. Anyone going to a Pearl Jam concert knows that they are going to make you eat your political vegetables before they play two 20-minute encores including a ripping version of 'All Along the Watchtower," Miller tells the Sleuth.

And not being able to resist the urge to tweak a certain Republican for his flip-flopping, she pointed out, "Until last week, John McCain pretty much agreed with [Vedder]!"

Although he didn't endorse Barack Obama outright, Vedder made it abundantly clear who he's supporting for president. He said he'd like to get "some color in the White House."


By Mary Ann Akers  |  June 23, 2008; 5:45 PM ET
 
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the informants were clearly righties - did it occur to them that the boos could have been - and were more likely in response to what the oil companies are trying to push through?
For instance if they showed a picture of bush and cheney - do you think the boos would be because they showed the picture or because they were actually booing bush and cheney?
Anyway, PJ and Vedder are clearly just as passionate about the state of our world as they are about their music, and I see nothing wrong with that. They have a soapbox, and you don't like it? Go get Ted Nugent! :)

Posted by: the boos not for the speach | June 23, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

The booing was pretty clearly done in sympathy for what Vedder was saying. The crowd was not booing him. It was booing the oil companies. That was my take anyway.

There was a review of a PJ show that I read a while back (not sure if it was in the Post) where the crowd was accused of booing the keyboardist at the end of his solo because he's not an "official" band member. Of course, anyone who knows a d*mn thing about the band knows that the crowd was calling out his name - Boom (Gaspar).

Posted by: Fans Did Not Boo Vedder | June 23, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

It's true. I was there and the boos were definitely not aimed at Vedder. He talked for about 5 minutes the whole show, why make such a big deal about it?

Posted by: Dot | June 23, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

you could write on the head of a pin what Eddie knows about big oil, or politics in general for that matter. STFU and just play. Your fans aren't paying crazy ticket prices to hear you rant.Let' talk about prices Eddie. My first Pearl Jam show cost $15, now I can't attend for less the $75 When I first saw Pearl Jam gas was $1.65 a gallon, do the math. On more note about "big oil" Coca Cola has a higher profit margin than all of the big oil companies. Boycott Coke

Posted by: Mark | June 23, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, the boos were definitely about the oil companies, not vedder. Let's not forget, couple years ago, vedder was booed because he stood up against bush. Those same people that booed vedder back then, are now booing bush. Pearl jam is true, and I love them for that!

Posted by: bk | June 23, 2008 11:25 PM | Report abuse

I hate the fact that because Eddie Vedder sings for a living- he is automatically "ignorant" or uninformed. Maybe someone who is truly informed about oil companies such as George W. Bush can offer a more enlightening and less biased opinion...

Posted by: christopher schulenburg | June 23, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse

The Pearl Jam show rocked. The song Comatose off their new album is so infectious with energy that it makes one want to run a marathon. As for Vedder's political rants, I've grown accustomed to them over the years. He brings attention to political causes, civic leaders, or even environmental issues. I don't think he's wrong in doing so, and if he can just bring it to the attention of just one individual's mind than he has accomplished a worthy goal. Long Live Pearl Jam!!

Posted by: Arthur "Liquid Snake" Vinueza | June 24, 2008 8:14 AM | Report abuse

I love how the Left here is saying that the boos were for the oil company executives, and not for the fact that their hard-earned money that they had paid in hopes of hearing some decent music instead went into hearing the political rants of some idiot who doesn't know when to just shut up and sing

Posted by: ToddonCapeCod | June 24, 2008 9:21 AM | Report abuse

I suppose you'd say the same stuff about Bono - is he uninformed to?
I love how the right - at their base - are bitter because they can't find a decent singer under 50 or outside the Country Music genre that believes the bs that is being fed to us by the current administration.

Posted by: Go see Ted Nugent | June 24, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

The irony is that without oil Pearl Jam would be nobodies living in nowhereville since cd's are a petroleum based product plus without gasoline there would be no way for people to get to Pearl Jam concert.

I mean really now....how many polars bears did people kill just to show up to a Pearl Jam concert?

For eddie veeder it's easy to be stuck on stupid, comes with the territory.

Posted by: syn | June 24, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Mark...you're a waterhead.

Obviously their ticket prices have gone up from $15. They're not exactly playing small clubs anymore like they did in 1991. They've sold over 70 million albums worldwide for Christsake. What the hell did you expect? Besides they're ticket prices ($75-$82) are still very reasonable for a band their size. Not to mention at least $2 off every ticket is going to charity.

Besides...The band played for at least 3 hours. I think people got more than their money's worth.

Who gives a rat's ass if Eddie wants to speak his mind. Pearl Jam's a political band, they're playing DC...obviously Eddie is gonna speak his mind.

You couldn't tell me if you had a stage, a mic, and about 20,000 ears hanging on your every word...that you wouldn't be tempted to speak your mind.

Posted by: Boris Dignan | June 24, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Suprise-another lame, uninformed, and "intelligent" rockstar opens his mouth again-the blind leading the blind. SUAP. Just because you sing, it does't mean you have brain. It is easier to open your mouth than to use your brain and look at the issue as a whole. Plus, only tools would pay amost 100 DOLLARS to listen to a singer. HYPOCRITE!

Posted by: Josh | June 24, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Syn, if your gonna make a comment like that ("For eddie veeder it's easy to be stuck on stupid, comes with the territory.") at least spell his name correctly - its Vedder.

Posted by: Teacher | June 24, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Straight out of the Democrat Talking Points.

What they won't tell you is WHY those "evil Bog Oil" profiteers are "sitting on that land."

Because there isn't any oil there, or any oil that can be got out cost-effectively.

But the ignorant masses shake their fists at imaginary foes - "Big Oil" - and congress won't do anything to relieve the circumstances that have caused this crisis.

They WILL, however, threaten to nationalize the Oil industry, or Oil Refining, or whatever other socialist nonsense will keep you dogs barking. (Of course, they won't actually DO it, because they realize that's a ridiculous idea).

Posted by: Anonymous | June 24, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

So Eddie hates Big Oil.

How is able to tour without pumping his giant motorhome full of gasoline, which, strangely enough, if made from oil? I would also assume that most of the construction of that motorhome is done with plastic or some sort of hydrocarbon based material...also derived from OIL.

Is he a magician or something?

Posted by: E Buzz Miller, Rev Dr | June 24, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Ya'll are way out of line. Did he say he didn't need gasoline? No, he just brought light to the fact that people in Congress, and the President, are trying to open a moratorium on certain parts of the continental shelf that we, as a country, have chosen not to use.
Never seen so many "patriots" come down on someone exercising their first amendment rights. Chill out.

Posted by: voice of reason | June 24, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Eddie Vedder is a classic liberal buffoon....Arrogant and Ignorant!

He is intellectually lazy and does not take the time to actually research this or any issue. What is sadder is the majority of the audience cheering his idiocy. This guy isn't 21 anymore when you are supposed to be driven by emotion and somewhat naive.

Pearl Jam is just another on a long list of bands I like that I refuse to see live because of the psychobabble I would have to endure.

Posted by: Jay M | June 24, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Who cares why a bunch of stonier losers booed and I`m sure Eddie carries all of his bands junk from city to city on his back so as not to use the evil oil and gas
he`s just another loser like Gore it`s OK for them to indulge to make their money but how dare you drive to work but do drive to his concert so he can continue to rake in his millions so he can lecture us

Posted by: K P Williams | June 24, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

KP, you're an idiot.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 24, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

As someone at the show who opposed Vedder's comments, I can assert that any booing was directed at the oil companies, not Vedder. Any idiot going to a Pearl Jam show in DC not expecting some pointed barbs at the current administration is a fool, and if anything Vedder was about 20x tamer than I expected.
And the set was only about 2.5 hours, and it was awesome.

Posted by: ACI | June 24, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Boehner's an idiot. Vedder rocks.
http://www.salon.com/tech/htww/2008/06/18/offshore_drilling/index.html
and your "sleuth informants" need better boo-gauges. PJ audiences boo unintelligent govt. policy.

Posted by: Bonnie from Ohio | June 24, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Saw PJ in Camden, NJ - he spoke for what, 5 minutes and sang for 3 hours!! Get over it already. Everyone speaks their mind when given the chance. Whether you agree or disagree, it was FIVE MINUTES! Move on. Pearl Jam ROCKS!

Posted by: PJ Fan to the End. | June 24, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

don't get me wrong, i love pearl jam, but they have become a bunch of hypocrites. Remember when they battled against Ticketbastard and their outrageous ticket prices and surcharges? Well, now they are ticketbastard's boy. Yes, I too remember when Pearl Jam cost only $15. Now they are charging a unbelievable $75 a pop plus tax plau a $15 ticketbastard service fee. I mean if thats not being a hypocrite, then i don't know what is. It broke my heart this summer when I had to forgo seeing Pearl Jam because of the combination of astronomical ticket prices combined with what would have been $400 in gas to get to the show. I usually vote with my wallet, and Pearl Jam has become just as tyrannical as the politicians they constantly bash onstage. Thats another thing, If i decide to pay their king's ransom and go see them, I dont want to hear a political rant coming from the stage. I strongly believe that just because they are rock stars dosent give them a soap box to preach from. I want to hear music, not some ego driven political rant. I think the $75 plus dollars is enough for them to STFU and just play some tunes. So yeah, I love pearl jam, but i refuse to pay sky high ticket prices to see them anymore.re just as bad as the big corporations they rant constantly about from their soap box.

Posted by: hypocrites | June 24, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

If Eddie had any bit of a clue he's be dangerous. But alas, he's just another miss-informed carbon trumpet. You, like he, should get a clue: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3340274697167011147

Posted by: govnndotcom | June 24, 2008 11:17 AM | Report abuse

What can I say, I'm 68 and I agree with Eddie.

Posted by: Lola | June 24, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

I think that you guys are all missing the point. Pearl Jam SUCKS bigtime!! Eddie Vedder is an ignorant, talentless fool. Nothing that he can say or do will change that fact. Remember when that dumbass got his ass kicked in New Orleans? Oh yeah.

Posted by: Brian from Texas | June 24, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

With less than 2 years of oil in ANWR, why are republicans so adamant about drilling? This is one small step for America, one giant leap forward for a small class of private investors who will contribute to republican races so the rape and pillage of American splendor can continue.

Republicans are like junkies looking for their next fix. You can't implement solutions to our energy woes by digging yourselves deeper into another hole.

Posted by: Snap out of it | June 24, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

"I suppose you'd say the same stuff about Bono - is he uninformed to?"

Presumably this goes under the category of Rhetorical Questions.

Posted by: Jim Treacher | June 24, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

That was a phenomenal concert. Next time ill be sure to ask eddie to cite his sources following his political rants so that people on message boards dont get their pants in a bunch. Bottom line: you dont like Eddie talking politics at a Pearl Jam show; dont go see them. People have been accusing Eddie Vedder of being a hypocrite and being naive, but i wonder if they dare hold themselves to the same standards--or is he different because people actually listen to what he says. When you say that the government's plan for drilling untapped oil reserves is the only way to alleviate gas prices, who is being naive? Sounds like an awfully good way to ensure security for the increasingly shaky future of oil companies.

Posted by: chris | June 24, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

I chose not to go see them. That money will go to important things like putting gas in my car and feeding my kids. Not making so rich hypocrite richer.

Posted by: i stayed home | June 24, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

"Now they are charging a unbelievable $75 a pop plus tax plus a $15 ticketbastard service fee."

What I find unbelievable are the useful idiot masses whose lives are so empty they need to pay $90 on a 3 hour pop show just to have something to live for.

Dudes, pink isn't well.

Posted by: snap is out of it | June 24, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

A man in Eddie Vedder's position has the opportunity to get close to the source when it comes to educating himself on issues that he may be passionate about. I firmly believe that this is not just an incoherent rant by some "musician." This is a man who is passionate about the music, his fans, and causes he believes in. If nothing else, his money affords him the opportunity to take the time research and talk to people about the issues that are important to him. Where'd you educate yourself on current events? Fark and a little bit of the O'Reilly Factor?

If you know anything about Pearl Jam, you know they put their money where their mouths are and they do things like buying carbon offset credits for their tours (not perfect but it's a start), they boycotted Ticketmaster and tried to change the ticketing system (and lost), they perform benefit after benefit and give major money back to local charities...etc...etc.

In a day and age where the airwaves are filled with cookie cutter music, manufactured music Idols, and soulless songs, I am EXTREMELY thankful for a band that is passionate about the music, the fans, and the state of the world.

Point is, Eddie Vedder and the rest of Pearl jam are trying to make a difference however they can. They're trying to change this world for the better, and if it's something they have any control over, they will change it. What are YOU doing in your little cube?

And if you don't want to hear Eddie rant, don't go to the show. It's THEIR music, THEIR talent, THEIR show. If you want to vote with your money, do it and stop your whining.

Posted by: Christopher in Sunnyvale | June 24, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

kept my money in my pocket....and i'm all the richer for it. Pearl Jam isnt changing anything. They are just preaching from the stage. I used to really dig this band, but that was before the political rants at every opportunity. Eddies mouth does nothing but hurt their fans. Remember his little rant at Lollapolluza last year?? The one that caused their set to be censored and everyone who was watching at home had to watch it without th sound? Maybe If eddie wants to change things he should run with AL GORE for president of bulls-it global warming police.

Posted by: no rant$ | June 24, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Same haters probably told Bono to just sing (see One.org), Angelina Jolie (UNHCR) just to act, and Bill Gates (see Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) to stick to computers. Get your heads out of the sand.
What are you doing?
"blind faith in your leaders, or in anything will get you killed." Bruce Springsteen, 1985, War.

Posted by: world ain't perfect | June 24, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

I was one of those booing fans...but it must be known that we were NTO booing Eddie and his political views but actually the oil companies who are looking to do the drilling. When you go to a Pearl Jam show you have to expect he is going to bring up any issues on his mind. I purposely chose the DC show to go to because I knew how political it would get. With songs like Green Disease and Bush Leaguer would you expect anything else? For all those complaining about not getting their money's worth because he spent time ranting, WAKE UP!! They played for 3 hours and played 31 songs...what more do you want from them...next time stay home and let the real Pearl Jam fans enjoy the show!!

Posted by: Jamie Martin from Toronto Canada | June 24, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

We are ALL hypocrites in some form or another.

We all live in glass houses, and we all seem to have an endless supply of stones to throw (and we do).

Posted by: Mesquite | June 24, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

blind faith in your leaders, or in anything will get you killed." Bruce Springsteen, 1985, War.

All heil Obama 08!

Posted by: perfect | June 24, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

'I purposely chose the DC show to go to because I knew how political it would get'

Did you drive or did you fly all the way from Toronto Canada

Posted by: glass house | June 24, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

"And if you don't want to hear Eddie rant, don't go to the show. It's THEIR music, THEIR talent, THEIR show. If you want to vote with your money, do it and stop your whining."

Fair enough, then don't force me to pay for your health care.

Posted by: is it sunny | June 24, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

I was at the concert.

I was booing.

I was booing EDDIE VEDDER...

He can feel free to carry on about his political views and I can feel free to BOO him b/c he is being a pretentious idiot...

I LOVE pj and listen to them despite their discourse...

Unlike the other Lemmings I dont get my political facts from a rock star or George Clooney...

GASP, I think for myself...

Hey, how many ask OBAMA what his favorite band is and then only listen to that BAND all day and night?

Given to Fly rocked...

Posted by: Rodman | June 24, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

it would be sweet if the dixie chicks opened for pearl jam on a whole "Anti-bush,Anti america" tour!!!! that would be sweet. Then the entire show could be political rants about how "the man" is holding us back. Things will be so much "better" when obama gets elected. His magical powers will "change" everything and give "hope" to everyone. Gas will be free and terrorists will shower us with rose petals while the sick are magically healed and the streets will be paved with chocolatte. Why not make Eddie director of "change" as he brings down the evil oil companies. When obama gets elected all concerts will be free and ticketmaster will go out of business. The whole world will be a magical place full of gum drop fairies and lollipops.

Posted by: magical wonderland | June 24, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Christopher in Sunnyvale wrote: "And if you don't want to hear Eddie rant, don't go to the show. It's THEIR music, THEIR talent, THEIR show. If you want to vote with your money, do it and stop your whining."

It is sunny wrote: "Fair enough, then don't force me to pay for your health care."

I say: How is health care relevant? You shouldn't be forced to pay for anyone's health care. Then again, don't force me to pay for your child's public education, your Medicare, your football stadium, your roads, your politician's pet projects....

We all pay taxes, bud, and we don't all agree on what we spend the taxes on. If it were voluntary, they wouldn't be called taxes, and I wouldn't be supporting you or your beliefs in some way or another, and you wouldn't be supporting mine.

Posted by: Bleh | June 24, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Wait! Pearl Jam is still touring? When was their last hit? They should be playing bars and the occasional casino on the Jersey shore by now. Here are four letters without an acronymic meaning: LAME!!!

Posted by: Rob | June 24, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Please do not talk to me. I already have all the answers.

Please do not attempt to take others' points of view into consideration, and there will be no need to consider yours.

Please do not think of others as they do not care what you think.

Please do not ask me to help you. You are not me, and I will only help myself.

Please do not love thy neighbor. It is a waste of time as you are an island and have no one but yourself.

Ignorance is bliss, and you are in heaven.

Eddie Vedder is only a musician, right? Totally incapable of an intelligent thought on his own I assume.

You're probably a philosopher, minister, or professor and you devote all your time to educating yourself on important issues and forming an intelligent, researched, bi-partisan, opinion that seeks to better not just yourself, but everyone else around you.

Oh, and you're probably already perfect.

Posted by: Ignorance is Bliss | June 24, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Hey all you Vedder haters, he got you worked up enough to write in this blog and voice your opinion about this critical issue. That's more than any politician has done lately. I would say Pearl Jam is changing somthing. Rock on Eddie! Awsome show! Worth every penny.

Rob, you must be a Jonas Bros. fan.

Posted by: greek | June 24, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

everybody that is complaining about ticket prices is an idiot. there's a little thing called supply and demand, only so much pearl jam to go around and obviously (since they rock) a lot of people want to see them. also considering the fact that they don't do general admissions shows anymore (with the recent exception of bonnaroo) since several of their fans were trampled to death in a GA fiasco, ticket prices seem decently reasonable.
i saw PJ at bonnaroo, and talked to my friends for 30 seconds in between songs while eddie drunkenly discussed a little bit of politics, i even agree with most of what he said and still chose not to listen, so shut up rob, magical wonderland, and all the other idiots out there claiming to think for themselves but still blatantly having a hard time doing so with their heads up their asses

Posted by: adam from b'more | June 24, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

at least the jonas brothers are professional enough to not mix politics with their act.

Posted by: jonas fan 420 | June 24, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

at least the jonas brothers respect their fans enough not to mix music with politics.

Posted by: jonas fan 420 | June 24, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

I agree, Bobby Jindal for VP!

Posted by: Brit Davis | June 24, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

OOOOOH. "I can remember when I paid $15 to see pearl jam and now its a whopping $75!" You kidding me? PJ is ALWAYS at the forefront of trying to help their fans by keeping prices low. Try and see a Rolling Stones show for $75! Yeah $15 dollars was cheap. It was also for a band that had one album and was just starting out. And just why are there so many people on here defending Big Oil? The fact is Big Oil IS evil. Bottom line. Just like Big tobacco. You go Eddie. Bout time someone stood up for what is right in this country. PJ forever!

Posted by: polar rican | June 24, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

I went to the Pearl Jam show and loved every dang minute. Too bad there wasn't a Ted Nugent show for the blind-Bushies!!!

Posted by: tednugentgopsbiggeststar | June 24, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

when i was growing up, I learned from experience that it is considered rude to discuss religion or politics in a public setting. Lets just say that 55% of the people at any given Pearl Jam show agrees with Eddy's obnoxious rants. Where does that leave the other 45% of fans who feel that it is annoying to go to a show and have politics shoved down their throats. While they are being blinded by there liberalism and spewing its rhetoric, a vast majority of people who like pearl jam feel nauseated by this misuse of a public forum. Sure, its easy to say anything with a captive audience.
About the ridiculously high ticket prices, Pearl Jam isn't doing anyone any favors by charging so high for one three hour show. I'd expect more from A band that so viciously fought against ticketmaster. Now ticketmaster has them in their back pocket. Its a shame. Its all about money. Pearl JAM is doing the exact thing they preach at the oil companies for doing to us all. This from a band that I love is truly sickening.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 24, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

The concert was Sunday. Anyone who cant even get that fact should not be trusted with opinions. Were you even there?

Posted by: Justin | June 24, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

actually...the jonas brothers were performing across the street...so i missed it :(

Posted by: jonas fan 420 | June 24, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

"The concert was Sunday. Anyone who cant even get that fact should not be trusted with opinions. Were you even there?"
Now that's funny. Posts on both sides of these issues missed that one - which reminds me of what you said "Anyone who cant even get that fact should not be trusted with opinions."
Vedder is trying to make the world a better place. If you have a problem with it, don't listen or find your own venue. Free speach an the open exchange of ideas are more important than the oil crisis - whether we open up the moratorium or not. I'm wary of anyone who has such a vehement disgust for someone trying to educate an audience, any audience, any venue.

Posted by: wow | June 24, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

wow, i am shocked and awed at all the vitriol! that said, i almost threw up seeing the jonas brothers even mentioned in these comments. those who like to boo, let them boo. those who complain about prices, complain. go see madonna or justin timberlake and you are paying 200 and up/seat. what a joke. on separating politics and religion from entertainment- this is life, people talk! finally, anyone who listens to their music, really listens, knows that all of the issues that are dear to their hearts and declared out loud in concert come directly from the lyrics of the songs you say you love. wake up and be conscious.

Posted by: god's dice | June 24, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

If the political comments bother you that much at Pearl Jam's concerts, don't go. You know that the comments are going to come. Ticket prices - Pearl Jam's are very reasonable. I tried for Eagle's presale in DC and couldn't even get decent seating for $188 plus ticket charges. If you think ticket prices for concerts is a waste of money, don't go and keep your mouth shut. I watch MSNBC every evening so I probably get a slanted view of what is happening, just as slanted as the Republicans get from Fox news.

Posted by: LLC | June 25, 2008 8:15 AM | Report abuse

From reading the blog entry, it really makes you wonder if some of the peopel were really there. As others pointed out, the show was on Sunday, not Monday. And Katherine Miller, what show were you at because it was not the Verizon Center on Sunday night? PJ played for close to 2:45, not 3 1/2 hours. And there were not two 20 minute encores. The first set ended around 10:05 and they played 13 more songs in the two encores, including the last two with the house lights on because they blew off the curfew and wrapped up a little before 11:30.

To all of the haters, go enjoy whoever you want. Pearl Jam was absolutely on fire Sunday night and blew the roof off the phoen booth. Amazing performance. $75 well spent.

For those who hate Vedder's rants, don't listen. I could do without most of them, but it's not hard to ignore if you don't like it. Eddie's a pretty bright guy, disagreeing with his political views doesn't make someone else dumb and it certainly doesn't make the band "anti-America." Standing up for what you believe and fighting for it are some of the best American qualities.

Posted by: Were some of these people even there? | June 25, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse

What they won't tell you is WHY those "evil Bog Oil" profiteers are "sitting on that land."

Because there isn't any oil there, or any oil that can be got out cost-effectively

- Are you saying Exxon/Mobil can't afford to drill on leased land because of its paltry $40M profit?

- If they know there's no oil on the land, then why don't they sell it????

Posted by: DJPatrick | June 25, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Sorry...typo...Exxon/Mobil had a $40 BILLION profit, not $40 million!

I heard an oil executive on a Sunday talk show say it cost about $10M to drill a well. Hmmmm... $32B to buy back its stock leaves $8B. How many $10 millions are there in $8 BILLION?

I think they can afford to drill a few wells.

Posted by: DJPatrick | June 25, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Wow, i'm surprised everyone who was at the show last night is even up to comment on this! I suppose it is two hours later over there, but everyone who is putting in the time to leave such passionate comments should consider devoting the time and energy to things like volunteering and actually getting involved in the political arena. Don't you people work?

To say Pearl Jam sucks is an egregious insult to good taste and reflects small-minded thinking that is probably fed by nothing other than the boob-tube. These guys rock, i don't care what genre of music you're into or what political side of the spectrum you represent. PJ played a campaign supporting concert here in Missoula, MT for our newly elected US Senator Jon Tester (D), who was instrumental in the Senate going to the Dems. PJ bassist Jeff Ament grew up with Jon and got the band to support his hometown bro. So to say PJ isn't involved in and educated on current politics directly is a farse. And i have to agree that when a band makes it like PJ has (or even if they don't), they can say whatever the hell they want on stage as it's THEIR show. If you don't like their views or music, stay home - simple as that!

Posted by: B French, Out West | June 25, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Just got the picture - the show was on Sunday, not Monday. That explains the number of comments out there. My bad.

Posted by: B French, Out West | June 25, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Didn't read all the comments, too much idiocy.

Actually, Pearl Jam doesn't set the prices, ticketmaster does.

So what if tickets are close to $100? I'm 22, working full time and attending school full time (including a full time "summer semester", before anyone starts saying something), and I still made it to the show. I even bought a ticket for a friend who's in a worse situation than myself.

Who cares if he makes complaints - everyone in the world has something to say, and everyone says it on every medium possible - magazines, newspapers, TV, radio, concerts, rallies, school graduation speeches, etc. He took up 5 minutes of your time, I'm sure you've had to sit through the psychobabble of some crazy leftie more than once in your life. If you don't like it, leave. Guess you all didn't hate the comments enough to make a real, lasting statement and walk out.

Shut up and play? Wow, how about you all "shut up" and go back to your job? Get off the political comments, and lead by example. Do you make the same asinine comments to a conservative-leaning artist? Not that I've ever heard. (Not going to say country artist, but they're the first that come to mind who support right-wing politics).

Posted by: Emma | June 26, 2008 2:02 AM | Report abuse

you'd think that pearl jam would support jon mccain...i mean what are they gonna rant about when obama is elected? If mccain gets elected, it ensures that eddy will have plenty to open his big mouth about for the next 4 to 8 years.

Posted by: PJ4MCcain | June 26, 2008 2:27 AM | Report abuse

I am not surprised at the right winged negativity that has shown up in these responses to the concert. I attended the NYC show last night at MSG and man there were a lot of WHITE men in the audience. I am pretty impressed that all you white guys were able to make it through the concert without blowing a republican gasket. With that many middle aged, upper middle class white guys in one room the republican defensiveness and resentment is to be expected. Maybe you guys should make sure you take your prozac/ Xanax before you make it to your next show.

Posted by: jenpie | June 26, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

I love Eddie, but as usual, he's only hearing one side of the argument - or at least only understanding one side. The U.S. is full of precious little babies who won't drill off our coasts because of the microscopic chance of an oil spill (have there been any in SoCal since Santa Barbara in '69? Maybe because technology and safety have improved dramatically in 40 years?), or drill in the frozen tundra wasteland that no one will every see. Yet we're happy to let other, less-enlightened nations drill away in much less environmentally conscious ways than we would. High gas prices disproportionately hurt the poor (oh my god! I'm a conservative who cares about the poor! Put me in the zoo!), and anyone who doesn't think tapping our billions of gallons of oil off our coasts, in the Gulf of Mexico and in Alaska would have no impact on prices has absolutely no comprehension of real-word economics. And, sadly, that includes my favorite singer in my favorite band.

Posted by: jazzy | June 30, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

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