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Roger Waters, co-founder of Pink Floyd, has denied reports that he has canceled two upcoming concerts in Poland amid anger over his stance on the issue. Russia’s war against Ukraine.
Waters sent an open letter to Ukraine’s first lady Olena Zelenska earlier this month blaming Ukraine’s “ultra-nationalists” for putting the country “on the path of this disastrous war.”
He also criticized the West and the United States in particular Ukraine supply He accused NATO of provoking Russia.
Polish media reported that the two shows scheduled for April 21 and 22 at the Tauron Arena in Krakow have been canceled, citing an arena official.
Torun Arena Krakow’s Lukas Petko reportedly said on Saturday “Roger Waters’ coach has decided to withdraw…without giving any reason”.
But in a social media post on Saturday night, Waters said the reports were inaccurate and called out two media outlets specifically, The Guardian and Gazeta Krakoska.
“Your papers are wrong in their assertions that either I, or my management, canceled my upcoming shows in Krakow, and we haven’t,” Waters wrote on Facebook.
He also addressed Mr ukasz Wantuch, a member of the Krakow City Council, who called for a vote on a motion declaring Waters persona non grata. City council members are expected to vote on the resolution this week.
Wanch also urged a boycott Waters concerts in Poland.
Waters said the decision was in response to his “general efforts to encourage all involved in the catastrophic war in Ukraine, particularly the governments of the United States and Russia, to work toward a negotiated peace, rather than escalating matters toward a bitter end.” It could be a nuclear war And the end of life on this planet.”
He added that Wantosh appears to “know nothing” about his history of “working, all my life, at some personal cost, in the service of human rights.”
“If Mr. Łukasz Wantuch achieves his goal, and my next concerts in Krakow are cancelled, it will be a sad loss for me, as 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 the course of a career of more than fifty year,” Waters wrote in his statement.
He continued, “Also, unfortunately, this will deprive the people of Krakow of the opportunity to watch my current show, ‘This is not a training’, which is an important addition to the portfolio of works of a lifetime.” “His strict control over my work will deprive them of the opportunity to make their own decisions.”
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