The board of the German city of Frankfurt has canceled an upcoming concert by former Pink Floyd maestro Roger Waters (78 now). The show was planned for May 28 on the spot of what was a Jewish detention camp during WWII, where 3,000 Jewish men were held on the devastating Kristallnacht (Night of the Broken Glass) in November 1938 before being sent to their deaths.
The Frankfurt Official City Portal stated in a press message they decide to do it due to “persistent anti-Israel behavior from ‘one of the most widely spread anti-Semites in the world.’The magistrate therefore feels called upon to set a clear signal against anti-Semitism that is supported by society as a whole. Against this background, the individual case decision made due to the special scope is not to be seen as a precedent.”
Waters did some controversial statements in the past year, like naming
US President Joe Biden a war criminal for helping Ukraine in their fierce
battle with Russia.
He also blamed Europe: “This war is basically about the action and reaction of NATO pushing right up to the Russian border, which they promised they wouldn’t do when [former Soviet leader Mikhail] Gorbachev negotiated the withdraw of the USSR from the whole of Eastern Europe.”
Recently he spoke at the UN Security Council at Moscow’s request, where he condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, saying that it was “not unprovoked” but it was also “illegal.”
He also called on “President Biden, President Putin, President Zelenskyy, USA, NATO, Russia,
the EU, all of you” to “agree to a ceasefire in Ukraine.” He also conjured the image of an international celebration and “John Lennon pumping the air with his fist from the grave” if that ceasefire were to happen.
Time to go home, Roger. Build a wall around it and leave the kids alone.
The cover picture is by journalist/photographer Malcolm Browne. It shows the self-immolation of Thích Quảng Đức, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, in Saigon in 1963.
The monk was protesting President Ngô Đình Diệm‘s administration for oppressing
the Buddhist religion.
The LP’s artwork features a chimpanzee watching television in reference to Kubrick’s film 2001: A Space Odyssey. Waters: “the ape is symbol for anyone who’s
been sitting with his mouth open in front of the network and cable news.”
On 8 May 1984 , today 35 years ago, PINK FLOYD‘s main singer/songwriter ROGER WATERS released his first solo album, entitled THE PROS AND CONS OF HITCH HIKING.
A concept album (of course) about one man’s midlife crisis that actually could have been a Floyd LP. At the time Waters was busy working on two longplayers, this one and another, provisionally named Bricks in the Wall (yes, you certainly can guess its definite title).
Waters presented both blueprints to the band. Although David Gilmour liked ‘Pros and Cons‘ better musically, the group decided to go for ‘The Wall‘ as their next LP and the rest
is history. The LP’s artwork is intentionally cheap and gratuitous, although I’m sure the smart label people will have some arty farty explanation to justify it. Anyway, the music
is a pretty compelling achievement. Here’s Roger Waters first solo symphony in full…