Vedder's cover aims to rake in proceeds and support Heartbeat.fm, an organisation that supports peace between Israel and Palestine, which all sounds good in theory, except for the fact the internet gets really mad when people try and touch anything the Beatles ever spat out.
Oh and also that Vedder can't really sing it that well, despite his goodwill. On its release, Internet ambassadors got pretty heated, some stating that it was the ‘worst crap ever’ and that it was ‘sentimental’ (which I think was the sentiment, but there really is no telling some people).
Others were touched by the Pearl Jam frontman’s attempts at creating salvation on earth, paying respect to his ‘magical vocal chords’ and describing him as the ‘truth of life’. I’m sure this group wear a lot of flannel and have kids called Jeremy.
This isn't the first time Vedder's covered a song. Recently, he took on the Disney favourite ‘Let It Go’, from Frozen - however the reception from his latest endeavour is almost as frosty.
Vedder claims that Imagine ’is the most powerful song ever written’. In relation to the conflict, he reckons both sides are ‘looking for a reason to go across borders and take over land that doesn’t belong to them. They should get the fuck out and mind their own fucking business.’
You can't blame a guy for trying.