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Court in Chile rejects ban on Roger Waters performing over claims of antisemitism
Roger Waters’ upcoming concerts in the country can go ahead, despite attempts to block them over accusations of antisemitism.The former Pink Floyd bassist, who has repeatedly insisted he is not an antisemite, is set to play at the Estadio Monumental in Santiago on November 25 and 26, as part of his This Is Not A Drill Tour.But the Representative Committee of Jewish Entities in Chile had sought to stop the shows from taking place, citing what they describe as Waters’ “history of incitement to antisemitic hatred”.However, as reported by Cooperativa, the bid has been dismissed by Santiago’s Court of Appeals, who ruled that “no facts have been mentioned that could constitute a violation of the constitutional guarantees”.In response to the attempt to block the concerts, a group of over 60 Chilean artists wrote a letter to the country’s Court of Appeals, imploring them to allow the shows to go ahead.“The mentioned action, beyond its rhetorical foundation, seeks to censor in advance the criticism of the killing of children, bombings of refugee camps, hospitals, the killing of United Nations officials, among other crimes committed by the government led by the far-right Benjamin Netanyahu,” they wrote.In April, Waters won a legal battle to play a concert in Frankfurt after it was initially cancelled over claims of antisemitism.He had been scheduled to play at the publicly owned Festhalle on May 28, but Frankfurt City Council called off the performance over the musician’s views on Israel.
Roger Waters shares new reworked version of Pink Floyd’s ‘Time’
Roger Waters has shared a new solo version of Pink Floyd‘s 1973 song ‘Time’ – you can listen to it below.The original track appears on the prog-rock band’s classic eighth album ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’, which Waters reimagined in full for a forthcoming record titled ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon Redux’.The musician’s fresh take on ‘Time’ pulls back the psychedelic sounds of the Pink Floyd single in favour of a more atmospheric production that puts his hushed vocals at the forefront.Tune in here:Produced by the former Pink Floyd bassist along with Gus Seyffert, ‘…Redux’ also features a studio band consisting of Seyffert, Joey Waronker, Jonathan Wilson, Johnny Shepherd and Jon Carin.The project coincides with the original album’s 50th anniversary, but it was not worked on by any other member of the iconic group. Waters previously released a new interpretation of ‘Money’.In a statement, Waters explained that he’d “started to consider what the wisdom of an 80-year-old could bring to a reimagined version” of ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’.“I’m immensely proud of what we have created, a work that can sit proudly alongside the original, hand-in-hand across a half-century of time,” he continued.‘The Dark Side of the Moon Redux’ is set to arrive on October 6 via SGB Music – you can pre-order/pre-save it here.Waters will showcase the album at two special live concerts at the London Palladium on October 8 and 9.
US government slams Roger Waters’ Berlin performance as “deeply offensive to Jewish people”
Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters over his recent show in Berlin, describing it as “deeply offensive to Jewish people”.Last month, Waters appeared on stage at his show wearing a black trench coat with a swastika-like emblem during a segment that revolved around a character from Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’, who imagines himself as a fictional fascist dictator during a hallucination.The musician claimed that the segment was a statement against fascism, injustice and bigotry and called criticism of it “disingenuous and politically motivated”.US Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism, Deborah Lipstadt, called the concert “Holocaust distortion” and amplified a tweet denouncing Waters by the European Commission’s coordinator on combating anti-semitism.I wholeheartedly concur with @EUAntisemitism’s condemnation of Roger Waters and his despicable Holocaust distortion.— Ambassador Deborah Lipstadt (@StateSEAS) May 25, 2023According to Reuters, the State Department supported Lipstadt’s comment and added that Waters’ Berlin concert “contained imagery that is deeply offensive to Jewish people and minimized the Holocaust,” in an email.The department went on to add: “The artist in question has a long track record of using antisemitic tropes to denigrate Jewish people.”Waters has faced significant backlash following the show in Berlin.