Pink Floyd former frontman Roger Waters says that he failed to convince the British rock group Radiohead to back out of its Tel Aviv concert in protest of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians.
“I’ve engaged in a correspondence with some of Radiohead and they seem to have decided that they are going to go ahead and do a live performance in Tel Aviv, so there is very little more that I can say on the matter,” Roger Waters told New York Times music critic John Pareles throughout a taped interview on Wednesday.
Roger Waters and a number of other artists, together with author Alice Walker and Sonic Youth musician Thurston Moore, implored Radiohead to cancel its July 19 show in a public letter.
“Since Radiohead campaigns for freedom for the Tibetans, we are wondering why you’d turn down a request to stand up for another individuals under foreign occupation,” the letter learn, in response to the Times of Israel.
Roger, a prominent critic of Israel’s army occupation of the Palestinians, stated he didn’t want to call out Radiohead further.
“If individuals choose to (go), that’s completely a matter for them and their very own consciences.”