Roger Waters cancels concerts in Poland amid comments on war in Ukraine | Roger Waters
Co-founder of Pink Floyd Roger Waters canceled planned concerts in Poland amid outrage over his stance on Russia’s war on Ukraine, Polish media reported on Saturday.
An official at the Tauron Arena in Krakow, where the musician was to give two concerts in April 2023, said they would no longer take place.
“Roger Waters’ manager has decided to step down – without giving a reason,” Łukasz Pytko of Tauron Arena in Krakow said in comments reported by Polish media.
Waters’ This Is Not a Drill concert tour website did not list Krakow concerts previously scheduled for April 21 and 22.
Krakow city councilors were due to vote next week on a proposal to appoint Waters persona non grata, expressing ‘outrage’ at the musician’s stance on the war in Ukraine.
Waters wrote an open letter to Ukraine’s first lady, Olena Zelenska, earlier this month in which he accused “extremist nationalists” in Ukraine of having “put your country on the path to this disastrous war”.
The 79-year-old also criticized the West for supplying arms to Ukraine, accusing Washington in particular. Waters also condemned NATO, accusing it of causing Russia.
This is not the first time the British songwriter has spoken out on international politics.
In 2019, he criticized a Live Aid-style concert to raise money for humanitarian aid in Venezuela, saying it was a US-backed effort to tarnish the socialist government.
The show in the Colombian border town of Cúcuta aimed to raise millions of dollars to provide food and medicine to Venezuelans suffering from widespread shortages.
The row came as Venezuelan security forces were accused of executing dozens of people and arbitrarily detaining hundreds more as part of a campaign to punish people who protested the President Nicolas Maduro.
In 2018, at a concert in Brazil ahead of the presidential elections, Waters spoke out against right-wing candidate Jair Bolsonaro, who is currently president.