4 April 2003
Getting a Vedder perspective
Pearl Jam played Oklahoma City's Ford Center last night, and if anyone had been upset with the band for Eddie Vedder's Dixie Chicks impression the night before in Denver, it really wasn't in evidence. Before the concert, the band issued the following statement:
Dissension is nothing we shy away from it should just be reported about more accurately. Ed's talk from the stage centered on the importance of freedom of speech and the importance of supporting our soldiers as well as an expression of sadness over the public being made to feel as though the two sentiments can't occur simultaneously.
The determination of the exact quantity of spin contained therein, specified in degrees, is left as an exercise for the student.
And after a brief exposition, Vedder pointed to his close-cropped scalp and said, "How could we not be for the military? I mean, look at this effing haircut!"
Okay, he didn't say "effing". But that was the end of that. There was music to be played.