Gigs canceled for the strangest of reasons

Polish city cancels Roger Waters gigs as Pink Floyd co-founder has been openly sympathetic toward Russia

Stars Insider

27/09/22 | StarsInsider


When thousands of adoring fans have spent their hard-earned money on a ticket to see their favorite artist, it's pretty difficult to back out and cancel the show. That being said, sometimes it's simply unavoidable. Whether due to illness or some other force majeure, many famous performers have had to let down their fans and call off live performances. While ticket holders can be disappointed and even angry, there's usually a justifiable reason for the cancelation. 

It was initially reported that Roger Waters canceled two gigs in Kraków, Poland, without reason, though the news came in advance of a planned vote the city councilors were going to take to decide if the Pink Floyd co-founder would be declared "persona non grata" following comments he made about the Russian invasion in Ukraine. But in fact it was the city that canceled the shows, as, according to The Hollywood Reporter, councilman Lukasz Wantuch said the city would not tolerate a municipally-owned venue being used for an artist who has shown a sympathetic stance toward Russia—a stance objectionable to most people in Poland, as the country has absorbed approximately two million Ukrainian refugees since the war began. 

Waters had previously sent an open letter to Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska in which he condemned the West for supplying arms to Ukraine, and blamed the war on "extreme nationalists" and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy's refusal to accept a policy of appeasement toward Vladimir Putin. "Sadly, your old man agreed to those totalitarian, anti-democratic dismissals of the will of the Ukrainian people, and the forces of extreme nationalism that had lurked, malevolent, in the shadows, have, since then, ruled the Ukraine," he wrote. 

Following the cancelation of the gigs, Waters wrote in a Facebook post, "Wantuch seems to know nothing of my history of working, all my life, at some personal cost, in the service of human rights." Wantuch, who has been on 27 humanitarian missions to Ukraine since the war began, invited Waters in an open Facebook post on September 26 to join him on a visit to see the extent of devastation caused by Russian attacks, and warned that with Waters' influence he could be stirring "a much harder fight" for Ukrainian people. 

Check out this gallery to learn about gigs that were canceled for strange and unexpected reasons. Not all of them were quite so understandable! 

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