Roger Waters is denying reports that he has canceled the two Polish dates of his 2023 world tour, and has accused a councilor from Krakow – the city where he is scheduled to perform next April – of trying to censor a former leader Pink Floyd.
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Waters was due to perform at the Tauron Arena in Krakow on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 April. However, the dates have been removed from the Waters website, with a report from Guardian which he claims was canceled because of the backlash he received after making inflammatory comments about the war between Russia and Ukraine.
In the report, Tauron Arena representative Lukasz Pytko was told that Waters’ management “decided to withdraw [de su reserva programada] without giving any reason.” It was also reported that Krakow councilors were scheduled to vote on a proposal to declare Waters “persona non grata”, citing their “views” regarding the artist’s public stance on the aforementioned war.
Waters has shared a statement denying the report, confirming that neither he nor his management have canceled the upcoming shows in Krakow.
Explaining his version of the controversy, the artist wrote: “It is true that a Krakow councillor, a certain Łukasz Wantuch, threatened to hold a meeting asking the city council to declare me ‘persona non grata’ because of my public efforts to encourage. everyone involved in the disastrous war in Ukraine, especially the United States and the Russian governments, to work for a negotiated peace, instead of raising things to a bitter end that could be a nuclear war and the end of the all life on this planet.
“Despite the fact that this man Łukasz Wantuch seems to know nothing of my work history, my whole life, at some personal expense, in the service of human rights, he argued, in an article in a local newspaper , good people from Krakow are not. to buy tickets for my show. It’s not very democratic, sir”.
Waters assured his fans that he is, in fact, scheduled to perform in Krakow next April, noting that if Wantuch himself is banned from the city, “it will be a big loss for me.” He continued: “I really wanted to share my message of love with the Polish people, which I did on many trips during a career that spanned more than 50 years.”
Waters called Wantuch’s alleged attempt at censorship “dragonian,” insisting he refuses [a los habitantes de Cracovia] a chance to decide for themselves” about the views shared on Waters’ current live show, ‘This Is Not A Drill’.
See the full statement below:
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Tickets for Waters concerts in Poland are not available to buy online, as Live Nation, Ticketmaster and the venue itself have removed their pages about the shows. This doesn’t seem to be the case for any other dates on Waters’ upcoming European tour, which officially kicks off in Lisbon, Portugal on Friday, March 17.
Last month, Waters sparked controversy over his views on the Russia-Ukraine war, speaking out in a live interview with a journalist. from CNN that “this war is basically due to the action and reaction of NATO pushing to Russia’s border, which they promised they would not do when [el último líder de la Unión Soviética, Mijaíl] Gorbachev negotiated the withdrawal of the USSR from all of Eastern Europe.”
The artist then wrote an open letter to Ukraine’s first lady, Olena Zelenska, suggesting that she convince her husband to work for a ceasefire with Russia and “stop the killing.”
Waters is currently on the North American leg of his “This Is Not A Drill” tour, with back-to-back shows in Los Angeles scheduled for Tuesday, September 27 and Wednesday, September 28. The tour will continue until mid-October, when Waters and his band offer two concerts in Mexico City. Find the remaining tickets for those dates here.
After his European tour, Waters will perform three concerts in the United Kingdom: Birmingham on Wednesday 31 May, Glasgow on Friday 2 June and London on Tuesday 6 June. Like all the shows on the tour, these are part of Waters’ “first farewell tour” where he will perform cuts from Pink Floyd’s albums ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’, ‘Wish You Were Here’, ‘Animals’, ‘ The Wall’ and ‘The Final Cut’. Get the tickets here.