Pink Floyd founder Roger Waters cancels concerts in Poland after remarks about war in Ukraine – FOX13 News Memphis
Music fans in Poland are no longer comfortably numb after former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters canceled a pair of concerts after being outraged over his comments about the Russian-Ukrainian war.
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Concerts that would have been scheduled for April 22-23, 2023 in Krakow have been cancelled, a Tauron Arena official said The Associated Press.
“Roger Waters’ manager has decided to withdraw (…) without giving any reason,” Lukasz Pytko said on Saturday in comments relayed by Polish media, according to the PA.
Waters’ websiteThis is not an exerciseThe concert tour did not list Krakow concerts previously scheduled for April 21 and 22. The tour includes two shows in Copenhagen, Denmark (April 17 and 18) and resumes April 23 in Budapest, Hungary.
Waters, 79, penned an open letter to Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska earlier this month blaming “extreme nationalists” in Ukraine for “putting your country on the path to this disastrous war”. PA reported.
He also criticized Western allies in general and the United States in particular for supplying arms to Ukraine, and called out NATO, accusing it of provoking Russia.
Krakow city officials were due to vote next week on a proposal to appoint Waters persona non grata, expressing “outrage” at the position of the musician, the PA reported.
In April, Pink Floyd released new music for the first time in 28 years.
Waters, who left the group in the 1980s, was not involved in the project, according to the PA.
In 2019, Waters criticized a Live Aid-style concert to raise money for humanitarian aid in Venezuela, saying the event was a US-backed event to tarnish the reputation of the socialist government in South America. The Guardian reported.
The previous year, at a concert in Brazil, Waters spoke out against right-wing candidate Jair Bolsonaro, the country’s current president, the news agency reported.
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