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Roger Waters attacks Radiohead over Tel Aviv gig

The war of words over Radiohead’s scheduled gig in Tel Aviv on Wednesday night (July 19) has intensified. Former Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters has accused the band of “whining” as elsewhere film director Ken Loach has been labeled a “hypocrite” for showing his films in Israel.

Campaigners are calling on the band to cancel the gig as part of an ongoing cultural boycott of the country because of it foreign policy over Palestine.

As previously reported on Gigwise, I, Daniel Blake director Ken Loach said of the band’s decision to play Israel: “I don’t know who is advising Radiohead, but their stubborn refusal to engage with the many critics of their ill-advised concert in Tel Aviv suggests to me that they only want to hear one side – the one that supports apartheid. Radiohead need to decide if they stand with the oppressed or with the oppressor.”

Yorke responded on Twitter, saying that, “playing in a country isn’t the same as supporting its government.”

Speaking in a Facebook Live conversation with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement [via The Independent], Waters said: “We should observe the picket line. Anybody who’s tempted to do that [gig], like our friends in Radiohead… if only they would actually educate themselves.

“I know Thom Yorke’s been whining about how he feels insulted, people are suggesting he doesn’t know what’s going on. Well Thom, you shouldn’t feel insulted because if you did know what’s been going on, you would have a conversation with [director] Ken Loach, who’s been begging you to have a conversation, or with me, I begged you, Thom.”

Waters added: ”I look forward to – if you feel like it, when you finish your trip to Israel, because you probably still will go – write me a letter and tell me how much good you did and how much change you managed to affect by chatting with musicians.”

Meanwhile, Ken Loach has been accused of exempting himself from the cultural boycott by having his films shown in Israel.

Guy Shani, who owns Shani Films and Israel’s Lev cinema chain, told The Guardian that he had purchased the rights to show Loach’s films over the last 20 years, despite the director’s support of the cultural boycott of Israel.

He said: “It is a conundrum that has puzzled me too. It seems that Ken Loach feels himself exempt from the cultural boycott.

“Since 1993, when we bought Raining Stones, we bought every film apart from two.

“I can’t tell you how absurd this is. We’ve been showing his movies for years. I have been paying him money every year. His latest film I, Daniel Blake has been really successful in Israel. So successful that we had some private events with Israeli government institutions where they booked the film to show to employees because of interest in the subject.”

Watch: Foo Fighters debut new song, Arrows, in Athens

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Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl blasted by band’s former drummer William Goldsmith

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The former Sunny Day Real Estate tubthumper play…

David Bowie wins South Bank Arts Award for Blackstar

David Bowie is still making waves after his final album, Blackstar, scooped a posthumous prize at the 2017 South Bank Arts Awards on Sunday (July 9).

The chameleonic singer and icon was nominated for the Pop Music award and faced competition from The 1975 and Skepta among others. The album was released on Bowie’s birthday on January 8, 2016 – just two days before he died. The award ceremony took place at London’s Savoy Hotel.

His friend and erstwhile collaborator, Stooges frontman and solo singer Iggy Pop, accepted the prize on Bowie’s behalf. In video message recorded in his US home, Pop praised Bowie for changing “the game in rock and roll and in popular music.”

He went on to describe how the pair shared a flat in London “at a beautiful old Victorian house that was looked after by a lady named Mrs Potter” and how the musician “didn’t want to miss” host Melvyn Bragg’s The South Bank Show when it was still broadcast on ITV.

Pop went on to say that producer Tony Visconti would bring them TV shows on video to “interrupt the hilarity of the Monty Python stuff.”

David Bowie produced four of Iggy Pop’s albums: Iggy and The Stooges’ Raw Power (1973), The Idiot, Lust For Life (both 1977) and Blah Blah Blah (1986). He also covered a number of Iggy’s songs throughout his career including ‘China Girl’ and ‘Neighbourhood Threat’ among others.

Other winners included series Happy Valley (TV drama), Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s show Fleabag (Comedy) and Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake (Film).

The ceremony can be seen on Sky Arts in the UK on Wednesday evening (July 12).

Roger Waters upsets Donald Trump supporters at Houston and New Orleans gigs

Roger Waters is no stranger to controversy and it’s difficult to shake the feeling that the former Pink Floyd bassist allowed himself a smirk upon hearing that some fans booed and walked out of his show in Houston and New Orleans last Friday and Saturday nights (July 7 & 8). The fans apparently offended by his opinions of US President Donald Trump.

Waters is currently touring the US in support of his new album, Is This The life We Really Want?, his first new album since 1992. And maybe it’s been that long since any of those folk walking out of Waters’ show have actually listened to any of his music. After all, it’s not as if Waters has made any secret of his politics. Or have they been too baked to pay any attention to, say, Pink Floyd’s ‘Us And Them’ or their 1977 album, Animals? And that’s just for starters.

Possibly not, given the reaction to ‘Pigs (Three Different Ones)’. According to the New Orleans Advocate, “…a procession of profane images of the current American president filled the massive screens: Trump as a baby, being held aloft by Russian President Vladimir Putin; Trump as a statue with an exceptionally small penis. The parade continued for several minutes, followed by examples of infamous Trump quotes.

“Finally, the words ‘Trump is a pig’ filled the screens, as if the point hadn’t already been made.”

Cory Garcia, a Houston Press Reporter, told KHOU: “I don’t think you can claim to be a Pink Floyd fan and not know what Roger Waters political leanings are. He’s never hidden them, and he’s never been subtle at them.”

He added: “Mocking the president in a free and democratic society, we have every right to do so. Do I feel that a line was crossed at any point? No. I don’t think there was any more mockery that you see at most rock concerts these days.”

What next? Folks getting upset because Billy Bragg votes Labour? It’s all too much!

Gwen Stefani sued by fan for allegedly causing a stampede

Gwen Stefani is being sued by one of her own fans after an incident at a North Carolina concert last year left her with leg injuries. Promoter Live Nation is also being sued.

The lawsuit was filed last week on behalf of Lisa Strickland who attended at the PNC Music Pavilion, an open-air amphitheatre in Charlotte, North Carolina, on July 26, 2016. The venue is operated by Live Nation.

Stefani is alleged to have told fans sitting on a lawn section at the back of the venue to move closer to the stage and saying: “Just fill in anywhere you like! Who cares about your lawn chairs? You can get new ones!”

Billboard reports that the lawsuit claims: “This announcement created a stampede rush of patrons from the lawn seating area through the reserved seating area and toward the front of the performance stage, with people knocking over and breaching the security barricades and other security matter, jumping over seats in the reserved seating area, and pouring in through the aisles separating the various sections of the reserved seating area”.

The lawsuit says that it was during this rush that Stricklin “was trampled by the rush of patrons and [pushed] into a wall along the reserved seating area, causing her severe physical injuries.” This included a broken tibia.

Stefani is alleged to have told fans: “I got in so much trouble for telling you guys to come up here!”

Stricklin is seeking $75,000 in damages from both Live Nation and Stefani. She is suing Stefani for allegedly causing the stampede and Live Nation for failing to protect her.


Future Islands add more autumn UK dates

Future Islands have added more dates to their upcoming UK tour. The Baltimore trio will play a second O2 Academy Brixton show on November 21, followed by dates in Manchester, Bournemouth and Norwich.
Following their headlining slot alongside Ryan Ada…