Roger Waters of Pink Floyd justified himself by stating that he did not postpone his ‘This Is Not A Drill’ concerts in Poland and that he has devoted his life to “serving human rights.”
Roger Waters, a co-founder of Pink Floyd, has denied allegations that he postponed two gigs in Poland because of public outcry over his position on Russia’s conflict with Ukraine.
In an open letter earlier this month to the first lady of Ukraine, Olena Zelenska, Waters accused “radical nationalists” in Ukraine of putting their nation “on the path to this tragic catastrophe.”
Additionally, he blasted the West—the U.S. in particular—for arming Ukraine and charged NATO with inciting Russia.
According to a Tauron Arena official quoted in Polish media, the two performances slated for April 21 and 22 at the Kraków venue have been postponed.
According to reports, Roger Waters‘ manager decided to cancel the event on Saturday “without offering any reason,” according to Lukasz Pytko of Tauron Arena Krakow.
But in a social media post on Saturday night, Waters claimed that the allegations were false and singled out The Guardian and Gazeta Krakowska as the responsible publications.
Waters said on Facebook that “your papers are inaccurate in their allegations that either I or my management have canceled my planned gigs in Krakow, we haven’t.”
He also addressed Councilman Ukasz Wantuch of Kraków, who has requested a vote on a resolution designating Waters as a persona non grata. This week, city council members are anticipated to vote on the resolution.
Additionally, Wantuch has called for a boycott of Waters’ Polish performances.
The resolution, according to Waters, was a result of his “public efforts to encourage all parties involved in the disastrous war in Ukraine, especially the governments of the USA and Russia, to work towards a negotiated peace, rather than escalate the situation towards a bitter end that could be a nuclear war and the extinction of all life on this planet.”
His history of “working, all my life, at some personal expense, in the service of human rights,” was further emphasized by his statement that Wantuch “seems to know nothing” about it.
“I have been looking forward to sharing my message of love with the people of Poland, something I have been doing on many tours over a career that has lasted more than fifty years,” Waters said in his statement. If Mr. Lukasz Wantuch succeeds in his goal, and my upcoming concerts in Krakow are canceled.
It will also regretfully prevent Krakow residents from seeing his current show, “This Is Not A Drill,” which is a significant addition to his collection of work over a lifetime. “His severe censorship of my work will deprive them of the chance to form their own opinions.”
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