Pink Floyd: Roger Waters’ Poland shows cancelled

Live Nation Poland, the concert’s promoter, confirmed the cancellation on Saturday, but did not specify a reason.

Waters also accused Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky of doubling down on his 2019 campaign promises and said, without offering evidence, that “dark, evil, hidden forces of extreme nationalism have ruled Ukraine ever since.”

Waters accused these “extreme nationalists” of putting Ukraine on the path to war with Russia, crossing “a number of red lines” set by the Kremlin.

On Sunday, Waters denied canceling the shows himself. The shows were scheduled to take place in Krakow as part of his international tour.

In a Facebook statement addressed to the UK’s The Guardian and Poland’s Gazeta Krakowska, Waters denied that his management had canceled the Polish shows. Instead, he laid the blame on Lukasz Wantuch, who wrote his Facebook post on September 10 against Waters’ shows.

“It is true that a Cracow councilman, Mr. Łukasz Wantuch, has threatened to hold a meeting asking the city council to declare him ‘persona non grata’, mainly because of my public efforts to encourage all those involved in the disastrous war in Ukraine. The peace negotiated by the US and Russian governments to work towards one, instead of escalating matters to a grim end that could be nuclear war and the end of all life on this planet,” Waters wrote on Facebook.

“Despite the fact that this guy Łukasz Wantuch knows nothing about my history of working all my life, at some cost in the service of human rights, he, in an article in a local newspaper, asked the good people of Krakow to buy tickets for my show,” added Waters.

If Wantuch “achieves his goal … it will be a sad loss for me” as well as for the residents of Krakow.

“Draconian censorship of my work will deny them the opportunity to make up their own minds,” Waters concludes.

Wantuch’s post expressed his opposition to Waters’ show, calling the musician “an open supporter of Putin” and his planned performances in Krakow “disgraceful.”

“Roger Waters, an outspoken Putin supporter, wants to play at Krakow’s Tauron Arena,” Wantuch wrote. “On Wednesday we have a session of the Krakow City Council and I will talk to the president and the councilors to block it. Such an event would be a shame for our city. Let them sing in Moscow.”

Wantuch responded to Waters’ statement on Sunday by writing that he was still in Ukraine but would “have an offer” for Waters that evening.

Earlier this year, Pink Floyd released their first new music in 28 years, a single called “Hey Hey Rise Up,” to raise funds for humanitarian aid in Ukraine. Waters, who left the band in 1984, did not contribute to the song.
About 6,000 civilians have been confirmed dead in Ukraine since Russia’s invasion began, the United Nations says.

CNN’s Sarah Diab and Claudia Rebaza contributed to this report.