FILE PHOTO: British rock star Roger Waters walks along the Israeli barrier in the West Bank city of Bethlehem.
(photo credit: REUTERS/AHMAD MEZHIR/FILE PHOTO)
Roger Waters, lead singer of the progressive rock band Pink Floyd, responded on Thursday to a Jerusalem Post article reporting that the UK Pink Floyd Experience will be performing in Israel, despite having previously canceled.
The report Waters responded to
"I'm sorry you buckled boys, I could, and would, have helped you resist had you asked," Waters wrote on his Facebook page. He further explained that Israeli media is "trying to paint [him] as a wicked bully rather than a concerned human rights activist."
explained that following attacks by Waters of the UK-based cover band, the UK Pink Floyd Experience canceled their performance in Israel and deleted their Facebook page due to backlash. Ziv Rubinstein, one of the producers of EGOeast, went to visit the band shortly after and told them that "at the end of the day, we're talking about art." The band, shortly after, rescinded their cancellation and announced that they will, in fact, be performing in Israel.
Waters cited the band's spokesperson, Dave Power, as stating that Rubinstein "spent days" explaining to Power and the rest of the band that EGOeast would "sue 'UK Pink Floyd Experience' relentlessly."
Referring to the cover band, Waters said that they contacted his management and said that they will "be doing a set in Israel without performing any of [his] songs."
"Well, thank you for that concession, it won't bring back the dead or help end the occupation, but please post the set list," he continued, directing the conversation to his notorious animosity toward Israel.
"Please ask the Israeli tribute band who share the bill with you to denounce their country's apartheid policies during their set," Waters stated, referring to Echoes, the Israeli Pink Floyd cover band, who were asked by the UK Pink Floyd Experience to join them onstage at all three shows.Amy Spiro contributed to this report.