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Musicians begin to cancel plans to tour Russia

A growing number of musicians in the United States and elsewhere have begun to cancel previously scheduled dates or pending tour plans in Russia. The reactions come in the wake of the country’s assault on Ukraine, which has been condemned for the most part by citizens, businesses and political leaders around the world.

Pop punks Green Day, who were due to perform in Moscow at the end of May, issued a statement which read in part: “With heavy hearts, in light of current events, we feel it is necessary to cancel our upcoming show in Moscow at Spartak Stadium. ”

“We realize this moment isn’t about rock shows in stadiums, it’s so much bigger than that,” he continued. “But we also know rock and roll is forever, and we’re confident there will be a time and place we can return to in the future. Refunds available at point of purchase. Be careful.”

Scottish indie rockers Franz Ferdinand expressed via their official Twitter page: “We are canceling our planned Russian shows for this summer. The only reason for this is the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian state.

“We love Russia,” continued the band, known for hit songs like “Take Me Out” and “No You Girls.” “This great country has inspired our band through its art and literature and since we first played there 17 years ago, we have built a rich and deep relationship with our Russian fans. [the morning of February 24], we spoke to many of our friends in Russia via social media and encountered unanimous opposition to this violence and solidarity with our Ukrainian friends. We know that you see the madness of the leaders of your country. We know you don’t want war. We don’t want war.

This decision unfortunately has an effect all over the war zone, as the concerts scuttled include Ukraine and Belarus.

Slipknot has confirmed that they will be dropping Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian dates from their upcoming tour roster, specifically the cities of Moscow, Kyiv and Minsk.

“We were looking forward to reuniting with our fans in these amazing cities, getting back together after the global lockdown,” the metal outfit said in a statement. “But we are taking this step in support of our community and in solidarity with the people of Ukraine, for whom the struggle continues, in a new and more terrible form.”

“We also recognize that our Russian and Belarusian fans are overwhelmingly united with Ukrainians in their fight for peace,” the masked group added. “The safety and well-being of our global families is and always will be our top priority.”

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds also canceled concerts in Moscow and Kyiv, tweeting: “Ukraine, we stand with you, and with all those in Russia who oppose this brutal act, and we pray that this madness will continue. end soon.

Fellow artists Bring Me the Horizon, Iggy Pop, the Killers and Twenty One Pilots have also revealed they will postpone or cancel shows in the area outright until the attack ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin stops. . Many more are expected to join their ranks in the coming days.


Keep an eye on this place as each week we’ll be reviewing new or upcoming vinyl from a variety of artists. It can be a reprint of a historical recording, a special edition or a new collection of a legendary act. This week, it’s the return to rock of one of the most famous singers of the British invasion.

Marianne Faithfull’s 1999 studio album, “Vagabond Ways”, was the British singer’s first to contain original material after a five-year hiatus; between which his biography “Faithfull” came out, as well as his recording of Kurt Weill’s opera “The Seven Deadly Sins”. (Photo courtesy of Michael Christopher)


Marianne Faithfull’s 1999 studio album, “Vagabond Ways”, was the British singer’s first to contain original material after a five-year hiatus; between which his biography “Faithfull” came out, as well as his recording of Kurt Weill’s opera “The Seven Deadly Sins”. It has now been given the vinyl reissue treatment with a selection of previously unreleased bonus demos and an unreleased studio recording, along with new liner notes.

Many of the stories told on “Vagabond Ways” were adapted from memories that didn’t make the biography, or from Faithfull’s observations of social struggles that she felt particularly moved by. Other tracks include a rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Tower of Song”, a track given to him by Roger Waters from the vaults of Pink Floyd, titled “Incarceration of a Flower Child” and “For Wanting You”, written specially for Marianne by Elton John and Bernie. Wireworm.

Bonus features from the album include an unreleased composition by Faithfull and Lanois, “Drifting”, recorded at the time of the original sessions but left out on the final album, as well as demo recordings of “Incarceration of a Flower Child”, “Electra”, “Tower of Song” and the title track. The reissue also sees the Bob Dylan penned “Blood in My Eyes” easily accessible, as the song was never released on a physical format outside of its original release as a bonus track on the Japanese version.

This will be the first time the album has been released on heavy 180 gram vinyl, as well as CD and digital formats. The “Vagabond Ways” LP can be found online and in the stores of all respectable retailers that sell vinyl.

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