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Pearl Jam's Vedder: HB2 'a big mistake'

Posted April 21

— Hours after Pearl Jam called off a Raleigh concert, lead singer Eddie Vedder explained his reasons to a Hampton audience.

When the band took the stage for an encore Monday night at Hampton Coliseum, Vedder said, "We had to make a real tough call about what we would do about the situation in North Carolina because they've got a law there that broadly discriminates against a whole group of people."

"We thought we could still play and make things right," Vedder said. "We thought we could fortify all the people on the ground working to repeal this despicable law ... but the reality is, there's nothing like the immense power of boycotting."

He apologized to ticket holders angry that the Raleigh concert was canceled but suggested they redirect their anger at those who passed the law.

"Get them to change their minds because they made a mistake, a big mistake," he said before launching into a cover of Steven Van Zandt's "I Am a Patriot," which he dedicated to "all the soldiers in the LGBT community."

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  • Xander Bogaerts Apr 22, 9:07 a.m.
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    Eddie Vedder is right: HB2 is a big mistake. He also said it is despicable, and he's right again.

    HB2 is discrimination.

  • Jeffrey Derry Apr 21, 9:01 p.m.
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    keep quiet and sing

  • Mary Meadows Apr 21, 7:36 p.m.
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    Oh yes, and I love my eggs over easy - with nice runny yolk.

  • Mary Meadows Apr 21, 7:33 p.m.
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    I don't need to "defend" my position.

  • Fanny Chmelar Apr 21, 7:11 p.m.
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    After lamenting 'apples and oranges', in comes 'apples and oranges and fetuses' and a statement about not wanting to waste time defending a position.

    Yet another person who has scrambled chicken for breakfast, I suppose...

  • Christian Knott Apr 21, 6:54 p.m.
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    Ha! Love your dig at those who support " the gutting of babies" Perhaps you have crossed the idea of a zygote or a fetus with that of a baby? See neither zygotes, nor fetuses are babies, and as such it would be like you stomping your feet and saying, "you just killed an oak tree", when I simply stepped on an acorn....

  • Lance Boyle Apr 21, 6:23 p.m.
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    Vedder nailed it. He is a real Patriot not a talking head.

  • Bobby Lee Jimmy Billy Apr 21, 6:12 p.m.
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    You nailed it YASHI !!!

  • Mary Meadows Apr 21, 5:57 p.m.
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    Sorry - don't compare apples with oranges. It doesn't do you any good. From how I read your post you believe 2 wrongs equal a right.

    I don't want to waste my time going back and forth over this. One can strongly approve of the REVERSAL of HB2 and still concede that Pearl Jam had the ability to notify their fans sooner.

    Well, except several posters on here who would applaud the gutting of babies so long as it supported their belief that they are absolutely right.

  • Christian Knott Apr 21, 5:34 p.m.
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    BAM! Target meet arrow.

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