Roger Waters' two Polish shows on his upcoming This is Not A Drill European tour have been cancelled, with the BBC reporting that the former Pink Floyd man's stance on the current situation in Ukraine is the main reason. Waters was due to play a pair of shows in Krakow in April 2023.
In an open letter to Ukraine's first lady Olena Zelenska, Waters claims that "extreme nationalists" in Ukraine "have set your country on the path to this disastrous war", whist accusing her husband, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, of failing to fulfil his election campaign promises to bring peace to the Donbas region. Waters makes no mention of Russia's responsibility for the war.
In response, Mrs Zelenska tweeted that it was the Russian invasion of Ukraine that was destroying its cities and killing civilians, stating, "Roger Waters, you should ask for peace from the president of another country."
This in turn led Łukasz Wantuch, a Krakow city councillor, to urge people to boycott the two concerts scheduled for the city. City councillors drafted a resolution to declare Waters persona non grata, due to be voted on at a session on September 28. Poland have been staunch allies of Ukraine since the invasion began.
"Taking into account Russia's criminal attack on Ukraine as well as the increasing number of war crimes committed by Russian soldiers that are coming to light, [the councillors] express outrage at the theses and statements made by Mr Roger Waters in connection with Russia's invasion of Ukraine," the resolution states.
In response Waters posted, "Hey Łukasz Wantuch, Leave them kids alone", referencing the lyrics of Pink Floyd's Another Brick in the Wall.
The concert's promoter, Live Nation Poland, gave no reason for the cancellation beyond confirmation it would not go ahead.
Last week Waters announced three UK shows as pat of the ongoing tour, which he has described, with tongue-in-cheek, as his "first farewell tour".