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Pearl Jam Fans Light Up Stadium For Epic “Imagine” Performance

Pearl Jam kicked off their 2015 Latin American tour last night at Estadio Nacional in Santiago, Chile. Watch videos of the epic performance and see the full setlist below!

Setlist:
Pendulum
Release
Nothingman
Go
Mind Your Manners
Corduroy
Lightning Bolt
Even Flow
Sirens
Light Years
Daughter
Severed Hand
Given to Fly
Got Some
In Hiding
Rearviewmirror

Encore:
Just Breathe
Mother (Pink Floyd cover)
Imagine (John Lennon cover)
Black (with U2 “40” tag)
Why Go
Do the Evolution
Porch

Encore 2:
State of Love and Trust
Better Man
Alive
Rockin’ in the Free World (Neil Young cover)
Yellow Ledbetter

Last month John Lennon would have turned 75. In honor of his birthday, Alternative Nation reporter Jeff Gorra took a look at ten of the best covers of arguably the greatest song ever written – “Imagine.”

10. Blues Traveler
A smooth, blues infused version. John Popper’s voice matches this song so well.

9. Neil Young (9/11 tribute)
The perfect person to play this during the worst of times. Played perfectly.

8. A Perfect Circle
A unique, dark rendition. Dark is not usually a word to pair with this song but somehow it works here.

7. Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam was in a New York state of mind during the Global Citizens performance. To open their encore they played a full a band version for the first time, on the most beautiful night in Central Park.

6. Stevie Wonder
A great message to go along with it. Seems appropriate to say again right now.

5. Jack Johnson
A beachside, mellow, campfire version.

4. Roger Waters
From the Stand up for Heroes show in 2013. Maybe the largest orchestrated version. Waters leads the charge, but the Heroes really make this version special. Namely, the singer next to Waters and the bass player and drummer right behind.

3. Lady Gaga
From live at the Baku 2015 European Games Opening Ceremony. Performed in a way only Lady Gaga can.

2. Chris Cornell
Cornell with his signature solo velvet delivery, making it his own.

1. Eddie Vedder
The best capture of both the emotion and incredibly moving melody. The crowd singing every word in unison is what the song is all about. Just chilling.

Top 10 Covers Of John Lennon’s “Imagine”

John Lennon would be 75 years old today. In honor of his birthday Alternative Nation takes a look at ten of the best covers of arguably the greatest song ever written – “Imagine”

Happy Birthday John!

10. Blues Traveler
A smooth, blues infused version. John Popper’s voice matches this song so well.

9. Neil Young (9/11 tribute)
The perfect person to play this during the worst of times. Played perfectly.

8. A Perfect Circle
A unique, dark rendition. Dark is not usually a word to pair with this song but somehow it works here.

7. Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam was in a New York state of mind during the Global Citizens performance. To open their encore they played a full a band version for the first time, on the most beautiful night in Central Park.

6. Stevie Wonder
A great message to go along with it. Seems appropriate to say again right now.

5. Jack Johnson
A beachside, mellow, campfire version.

4. Roger Waters
From the Stand up for Heroes show in 2013. Maybe the largest orchestrated version. Waters leads the charge, but the Heroes really make this version special. Namely, the singer next to Waters and the bass player and drummer right behind.

3. Lady Gaga
From live at the Baku 2015 European Games Opening Ceremony. Performed in a way only Lady Gaga can.

2. Chris Cornell
Cornell with his signature solo velvet delivery, making it his own.

1. Eddie Vedder
The best capture of both the emotion and incredibly moving melody. The crowd singing every word in unison is what the song is all about. Just chilling.

Sex Pistols Singer Talks Kurt Cobain & John Lennon Similarities

Lucky old me got to interview one of my all-time favorite rock n’ roll frontmen, John Lydon of Public Image Ltd (and formerly known as “Johnny Rotten” when he fronted the legendary Sex Pistols), for the Songfacts site. During our chat, we discussed PiL’s recently released album, What the World Needs Now, its leadoff single/video, “Double Trouble,” and I asked his thoughts on a belief I have had for a long time concerning three specific gentlemen:

Songfacts: Something that I’ve felt strongly about for a long time is I think that there are three musicians who spoke their mind the freest about their beliefs in both interviews and their songs: John Lennon, you, and Kurt Cobain. Do you agree with that statement?

John: As far as I’m aware, Kurt wrote one really excellent song, called “Teen Spirit,” which I think is more than enough for anyone in a lifetime. Even writing one most perfect pop song is quite great, that.I don’t know the comparison of Lennon and me, that’s something Oasis brought up years ago. I think we’re all very different from each other, and long may we reign. I seem to be the only one left alive! But in my memory, there’s always a great place for John Lennon. Always. “Working Class Hero” and the album Imagine are highlights of my musical collection.

You can read the entire interview here, and PiL tour dates can be viewed by clicking your clicker here.

Steven Adler Compares GNR Split To John Lennon’s Death: ‘God Wasn’t Ready’

Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler discussed Slash and Axl Rose reconciling during a recent appearance on the Jasta Show, as transcribed by Blabbermouth.

“I think that’s great, ’cause it’s been too long. The world has missed out on 25 years of great music, because those two weren’t together. I mean, Slash and Axl, it’s like Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page. Imagine if those guys weren’t together. It’s a shame, and I’m just so glad that they’re talking and everything is in the past like it should be. ‘Cause I love those guys. Axl doesn’t realize that I’m the one who loves him more than anybody. [Laughs]”

He had the following to say about a possible Guns N’ Roses reunion.

“I don’t know if it’s gonna happen. I’m just glad that they are talking.

“It’s a shame that we haven’t played together. Just like when Kennedy got shot, when John Lennon got shot; that was a shame. Us not playing together, Axl and Slash by themselves not playing together is that kind of shame… And if it does happen, I guarantee I will be the last to know about it.

“If we played together, the whole arena would cry with joy. I go all around the world, I travel, and people always ask me, ‘When are you gonna do a reunion? When are you gonna do a reunion?’ And I want more than anything to be able to say, ‘Oh, we’re gonna do it on this day. Or this day.’ But I have nothing to do with it. I wish I did. If I did, it would happened a long time ago. God wasn’t ready for it.”