Roger Waters Concert Canceled After City Council Cites ‘Anti-Semitism’

Roger Waters’ scheduled show in Frankfurt, Germany has been cancelled. The former Pink Floyd frontman’s solo show was canceled after the city council claimed he was “one of the world’s most notorious anti-Semites” because the musician canceled gigs.

The show was originally scheduled to take place on May 28th at the Festhalle in Frankfurt, but was able to cancel the appearance as the City Council has a 60% stake in the Festhalle venue. They submitted their plans to the judges before announcing their decision.

According to the Jerusalem Post, the city council ordered the detention of 3,000 Jewish men arrested after Kristallnacht, when the Nazis attacked Jews and destroyed their property on November 9-10, 1938. also noted that this location was used. The men were abused and later sent to concentration camps.

They also cited Waters’ support of the BDS campaign, which calls for a boycott of Israel, and his pressure on other artists not to perform in Israel. It was also noted that Waters used anti-Semitic imagery, such as a pig-shaped balloon displaying the Star of David alongside the logo.

Waters did not directly comment on the cancellation, but re-shared a tweeted video featuring Dr Ramsey Barroud addressing the city’s decision to cancel the show. was the real reason for the cancellation. Waters simply tweeted, “Thank you Ramsey you tell my brother.”

Waters’ stance on Israel has previously sparked backlash. Earlier this month, David Gilmour’s wife, Polly Samson, said the musician was “antipathetic to your rotten core”, “misogynistic”, and had a few other words of choice against Waters. Gilmore then retweeted Samson’s message, commenting, “Every word is plainly true.”

In 2019, Disturbed’s David Dreyman lashed out at Waters over the musician’s support for the BDS campaign to boycott Israel.

“Don’t get me wrong, I think everyone can have an opinion. educated Public opinion criticizes every government on the planet,” the vocalist said at the time. “At the end of the day, we cannot hold the whole country, the people, the whole society to blame, whether they agree with all the policies of the current Israeli government or not.”

Regarding Waters, Dreyman added:

Waters has also faced backlash over several other political views, writing an open letter to Ukraine’s first lady, blaming the country’s “extreme nationalists” for leading to a war with Russia. A show in Poland was canceled last fall after writing. Did.

As for Waters’ current tour, the musician is currently trekking through Europe. The show in Frankfurt has been cancelled, but shows in Hamburg, Cologne, Berlin and Munich are still scheduled for May.

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