Eddie Vedder to perform at Toronto Film Festival

Eddie Vedder & Tomas YoungDulu pernah dibahas EV bikin lagu soundtrack untuk film dokumenter “Body of War” (tentang serdadu perang Irak yang lumpuh, namanya Tomas Young), judulnya “No More” & “Long Nights”. Lagu “No More” dibawain PJ EV di Lollapalooza, bareng Ben Harper. EV juga akan perform lagu tersebut di Premier film “Body of War” di Toronto Film Festival (cuplikan artikel di bawah; dari sini). Di website “Body of War” ada video wawancara percakapan EV dan Tomas Young , klik di link yang ada. Trailer “Body of War.

BTW Tomas Young kok mirip Matt Cameron ya? salam Jammers! *semogaguecepetnontonPJintheflesh!*

Full article after the jump.

“Body of War” Film-makers

Eddie Vedder to perform at Toronto Film Festival

Writer: Rebecca Bowen
News, Published online on 27 Aug 2007

[Above: Vedder, Young, Spiro, Donahue]

Weeks after Eddie Vedder’s alleged Lollapalooza censorship, which AT&T maintains was accidental, the Pearl Jam frontman will once again voice his distaste for the Iraq war when he performs on Sept. 11 at the Toronto International Film Festival premier of Body of War, a documentary by Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro about a U.S. soldier who became paralyzed from a bullet to the spine after one week of duty in Iraq. Vedder contributed two original songs to the production, including “No More,” which Pearl Jam played during Lollapalooza as the disabled soldier, Tomas Young, joined the band on stage.

From the Body of War site:

“When Tomas Young saw President Bush on television speaking from the ruins of the Twin Towers, his life changed. Just two days after 9-11, he responded to the call to defend his country by enlisting in the Army. He was 22 years old and lived in Kansas City.

As his basic training began at Ft. Hood, he assumed that he would be shipped off to Afghanistan where the terrorist camps were based, routing out Al Qaeda and Taliban warriors. But soon, Bush ordered the invasion of Iraq and everything changed. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld all declared that the enemy was now in Iraq, and that Saddam Hussein, with his huge stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction, was an imminent threat to the American way of life.

Tomas arrived in Iraq in late March of 2004, almost exactly one year after the war officially began and ten months after President Bush had declared, ‘Mission Accomplished.’ On April 4, he was sent on his first mission to Sadr City. While riding with fellow soldiers in an unarmored Humvee with no canvas covering, he was shot just above his left collarbone. He later described it as ‘shooting ducks in a barrel.’ He was instantly paralyzed. In his very brief tour of duty, he had not fired a single shot.”

To prepare himself for writing the songs, Vedder conversed with Tomas over the phone about his experience. Click here to view a somewhat awkward exchange between Vedder and Young, in which Vedder comes across as a little insecure about his ability to speak for the veteran. Young mentions that the other song Vedder wrote for him, “Long Nights,” was more successful.

Vedder also composed the soundtrack for Into the Wild, another movie soon to screen in Toronto.

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