Rogers Waters talks up decision to play in Russia

When asked if the decision to perform in Russia was a difficult one given his constant efforts to dissuade artists from performing in Israel, Waters answered, 'of course not.'

August 27, 2018 19:14
1 minute read.
Roger Waters in concert

ROGER WATERS performs at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on June 20. . (photo credit: MARIO ANZUONI/REUTERS)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


In the end of August, former Pink Floyd leader Roger Waters will play in Moscow and St. Petersburg as part of his "Us+Them" 2018 tour. In a interview for the Russian daily newspaper Izvestia, Waters discussed the preparations for the upcoming concerts.

"For every country we try to do something special. For example, a flying pig appears in a concert and made circles over the Battersea powerhouse [in London]. On the pig it was written 'Stay human or die.' We want to translate this inscription into Russian."

Waters raised concerns about power and economical struggles among leaders of the world's leading nations, especially concerning the nuclear deal. "We have stood on the threshold of the apocalypse so many times since 1945. It's just crazy that ordinary people from all over the world cannot come together and demand the destruction of all nuclear weapons, including in Israel. Israel does not admit, but it is understandable that they have it. This is all--a very strange and dangerous game played by the leaders of superpowers."

In April of this year, Waters was once again in the spotlight for launching into a tirade against the Syrian volunteer rescuing group, White Helmets, whom he called a "fake organization" that created propaganda for "jihadists and terrorists." According to Waters, the organization published a fake video of a chemical attack that led the US, Britain and France to launch an air strike against Syria.

In the interview with the Russian newspaper, Waters added that "This is just a chapter of a propaganda war that is trying to demonize Putin, Assad, Iran and so on."

When asked if the decision to perform in Russia was a difficult one given his constant efforts to dissuade artists from performing in Israel and Russian's similar situation concerning Crimea, Waters replied, "of course not." As usual, Waters dodged from questions that could show his double-standards towards geopolitical conflicts, answering simply that he "knows that Sevastopol [Crimea's capital] is very important to Russia and many newspapers shows that Russia has all the rights to the city."

After demonizing the usual countries and leaders in a rather superficial fashion, Waters finished the interview with a call for peace and empathy, "we must always remember that no matter how we look now and how we live, we are brothers and sisters."

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Definition of Arabic numerals from Wikipedia
May 21, 2019
Most Americans don't want Arabic numerals taught in U.S. schools