pink floyd Co-founder Roger Waters has never hidden his political views.in his present “This Is Not a Drill” solo tour, A message appears on the screen before the show begins, declaring: now. Thank you and enjoy the show. ”
But now about the British rock legend’s controversial remarks Ongoing conflict in Ukraine Appearances by Russia have had tangible consequences and his show in Poland, scheduled for April 2023, has been cancelled.
Waters All Derived from Open Letters published on his website In early September, in a speech addressed to Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska, he denounced what he called Ukraine’s “extreme nationalists”. [that] You have set your country on the road to this dreadful war. ”
Similarly, Waters warned the West, especially the United States, that it was supplying Ukraine with military weapons, and refuted Zelenska’s interview with the BBC. ”
In an open letter, Waters said, “If the term ‘support for Ukraine’ means that the West will continue to arm the Kyiv government’s forces, then you are tragically mistaken. Firefights have never worked to shorten wars in the past, nor do they now.”
Zelenska replied to Waters’ letter. twitter On September 6, he advised Waters to seek peace with the Russian Federation.
The letter also angered Krakow City Councilor Lukasz Wantuk, who directed voters to boycott Waters’ show in Poland next year and was behind a motion to declare Waters a “persona non grata.” It was scheduled to be voted on by the council on September 28, according to the report. BBC.
CNN Live Nation Poland has confirmed the show’s cancellation, but reports that the promoter has so far provided no explanation. However, Waters responded in a Facebook statement on Sunday to dispel rumors that he himself had canceled the show.
in a post directed at Guardian Polish Gazeta Krakowska newspaper, which both printed that Waters canceled the show, said the musician: I urge all involved in the disastrous war in Ukraine, especially the governments of the United States and Russia, to strive for a negotiated peace, rather than escalating the situation to a nuclear or other bitter end. Thanks to my public efforts to encourage. The end of all life on this earth. ”
Waters continued, “I was looking forward to sharing my message of love with the people of Poland, something I have done on many tours in a career that has spanned over 50 years. So that people in Krakow could get a chance to see my current show “This Is Not A Drill”. This is an important addition to a lifelong body of work. His strict censorship of my work would rob them of the opportunity to make up their own minds. ”
Waters posted a response to the show’s cancellation on his Facebook page.
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