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Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters is denying reports he canceled two upcoming concerts in Poland amid outrage over his stance on Russia’s war on Ukraine.
Waters had sent an open letter to Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska earlier this month in which he accused “extremist nationalists” in Ukraine of setting the country “on the path to this disastrous war”.
He also criticized the West, the United States in particular, for supply Ukraine with weapons and accused NATO of provoking Russia.
Polish media reported that the two shows scheduled for April 21 and 22 at Tauron Arena in Krakow had been canceled, citing an arena official.
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“Roger Waters’ manager has decided to step down… without giving a reason,” Tauron Arena Krakow’s Lukasz Pytko reportedly said on Saturday.
But in a social media post on Saturday evening, Waters said the reports were inaccurate and specifically called out two outlets, The Guardian and Gazeta Krakowska.
“Your newspapers are wrong in their claims that I or my management canceled my upcoming shows in Krakow, we didn’t,” Waters wrote on Facebook.
He also spoke to Krakow City Councilor Łukasz Wantuch, who called for a vote on a proposal declaring Waters persona non grata. City councilors are expected to vote on the resolution this week.
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Wantuch also called for a boycott of Waters’ concerts in Poland.
Waters said the resolution came in response to his “public efforts to encourage everyone involved in the disastrous war in Ukraine, especially the governments of the United States and Russia, to work toward a negotiated peace. , rather than escalating to a bitter end that could be nuclear war and the end of all life on this planet.”
He added that Wantuch appears to “know nothing” about his history of “working, all my life, at personal cost, in the service of human rights”.
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“If Mr. Łukasz Wantuch achieves his goal and my next concerts in Krakow are canceled, it will be a sad loss for me, because I was eager to share my message of love with the Polish people, which I did on numerous tours in a career that spanned more than fifty years,” Waters wrote in his statement.
“And also, unfortunately, it will deprive the people of Krakow of the opportunity to see my current show, ‘This Is Not A Drill’, which is an important addition to a lifetime’s work,” he continued. . “His draconian censorship of my work will deny them the opportunity to form their own opinion.”