So, apparently during their Lollapalooza concert (where they opened for The Soup Dragons and Ice-T’s Body Count), Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder improvised some anti-Bush lyrics during a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall.” This would have only been news on the online “Floyd Bootleg Tape Swap Newsgroup” if the set hadn’t been webcast by event sponsor AT&T, and if AT&T hadn’t decided to judiciously cut those anti-Bush lyrics from the webcast. Now it’s real person news. Eddie Vedder even sent a very long (surprise!) email to his fan group, explaining his disappointment in AT&T’s behavior, and encouraging fans to find and post other examples of censorship by AT&T.

Honestly, I don’t see what the big deal is. The anti-Bush sentiments weren’t even really that incendiary. You can find the uncensored live video on the Internet now but if you’d rather not sit through Pearl Jam covering “Another Brick in the Wall,” here’s all you’d be missing:

“We don’t need no education,
We don’t need no Bush control,
No dark sarcasm in the Bush-room,
Teachers, leave your Bush alone.

Hey! Bushbush! Leave Them Bush a-Bush!!”

“If you don’t eat yer Bush, you can’t have any Cheney. How can you
Abu-Ghraib any Cheney if you don’t Bush yer WMD insurgents?”

Pick up a newspaper, Vedder!

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