Hey I uh, I read in the paper today that it’s uh, National Prayer Day. So we thought it would be uh, maybe tonight’s the night to make the big announce that we’re going to uh, apply officially to the United States government and uh, have our band considered a legitimate religion. Stone suggested it’d be great, we’d be tax-exempt, we could do a lot with that money. Good things, because sometimes the government doesn’t seem to put it where it’s supposed to go. And uh, there’s only one commandment, and it’s easy to remember, and it’s uh, “Don’t be an asshole.” Stone came up with that. He’s kind of our leader. He’s really the Jesus of the bunch. I might look like him, but he’s really the one. And you know, it’s a pretty open religion, you can pretty much do whatever the fuck you want. Mind you, we come up with this whole religion thing just on the bus ride over here today. We need to think it through a little bit more. But so far, the only thing that is forbidden, the only one thing—can’t fucking Twitter. Hate that shit.
i’m still a little bit in shock about paying more for a concert ticket than i have ever paid in my life to see this man in may, but you know what? fuck that. he’s going to be amazing and i’m going to pretend that i didn’t pay more in ticketmaster fees than i usually drop on a whole ticket.
If you trust me at all, if you want to listen to me at all..but you certainly don’t have to…speaking from experience, I can tell you that things change. You can believe me, you don’t have to. They probably won’t change unless you make them. The best way to change something that’s around you, something you don’t like, is to change yourself. And I don’t think you want other people changing you, I think the only person that can change you is yourself. So if you ain’t happy, if you’re reading magazines about generation x-ers and thinking ‘yeah, I’m one of them’, well fuck that. Don’t let anyone tell you who you are. No, no. No one can tell me who I am. I can tell you who I am, but that would be a long story. I could tell you who I am and it wouldn’t fit in a Rolling Stone. If wouldn’t fit in a video…it’s my life, it’s your life. You’re the only one who knows who you are. I hope you know who you are, figure it out. Cause you are somebody. And I’m probably stating the obvious, but I just thought I’d do it anyway. So if you feel like you’ve got a piece of duct tape on your mouth, if you feel like you can’t speak, take it off, speak up, speak your mind, shout it out,let em hear, shout it out.
— Eddie Vedder [Live during Porch 9/29/96] (via glorified-g)
i’d strongly disagree about eddie making ukuleles cool (personally i give the credit to julia nunes, but ingrid michaelson and amanda palmer have made them more mainstream for sure. at least as mainstream as i care to go, generally. i guess we can give eddie credit (again!) for taking something that’s been known for its indie qualities and bringing it to the mainstream in an awesome way. so kudos for that, vedder) but whatever, this performance is awesome. i am insanely jealous of people who get to see him on this tour :/