Roger Waters adamantly did not want Radiohead to play their recent Tel Aviv concert and he reiterated why last week on the Russian-owned RT America. Meanwhile, an op-ed in the Tennessean argued that Waters should not be welcomed in Nashville, where he played Bridgestone Arena Sunday.
While the commentary was not a reaction to his appearance on RT, it shows how divided people are about Waters and his stance on the Israeli government's policies toward the Palestinian people. In his RT appearance, Waters continued to blast Radiohead over crossing picket lines set up by the organization he supports, BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions), saying that it amounted to an endorsement of Israel's actions.
In his opinion piece, Mark Freedman, the executive director of a Nashville Jewish group, says it's Waters who is the "purveyor of hatred and bigotry." He points out that at his concerts Waters has "displayed a huge inflatable pig descending from the rafters and emblazoned with the Star of David, and dollar signs with images of Nazi swastikas projected on background screens."
Freedman says BDS was "started by Palestinian activists" and that its "real goal...is not to change Israel’s treatment of Palestinians through economic and political pressure," but to eliminate the State of Israel and that "its leaders have said so themselves."
While he does not call for a boycott of Waters show -- which he says would be descending to Waters' level -- he encourages people to speak out in protest at the show and to let the venue, Bridgestone Arena know that "welcoming and supporting a Roger Waters performance sends the wrong message in a city that promotes diversity and respects people of all backgrounds and faiths."
Before the Eagles reunited for Classic West and Classic East last month in Los Angeles and New York, we asked Don Henley if he thought there would be more shows. This was before they announced Classic Northwest on September 30th in Seattle.
And now they've settled on hitting the road, but just for a handful of dates.
They've announced four An Evening With the Eagles shows in October -- all subject to change:
10/17 – Greensboro, NC - Coliseum
10/20 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena
10/24 - Louisville, KY - KFC Yum! Center
10/27 - Detroit, MI - Little Caesars Arena
As with last month's two shows, they'll be joined by Vince Gill and Deacon Frey, the son of their late co-founder, Glenn Frey.
Earlier this year, Ray Davies was knighted by Prince Charles for services to the arts.
He jokes that the title comes with added pressure, telling the Daily Mail, "If I don’t feel like coming to work, I say to myself, 'You’re a Sir now, you have to go.' But we Sirs don’t have a funny handshake. It’s more of a knight of the realm nod."
Davies says his only concern about the ceremony this past March was positioning his problematic leg correctly on the ceremonial cushion as he knelt before Prince Charles. He's referring to the leg that took a bullet in 2004 in New Orleans during a mugging.
Davies will give his first show in London as Sir Ray on September 9th in Hyde Park.
Queen guitarist Brian May will speak at the Cheltenham Literature Festival in England on October 10th. He will discuss his new book, Queen in 3-D.
Ian Anderson will celebrate Jethro Tull’s 50th anniversary with eight shows across the UK in April, wrapping up at the Royal Albert Hall in London. He says, “I am not usually a birthday or anniversary kind of guy but, just for once, I won't be a party-pooper either!” Tull’s first show was on February 2nd, 1968, at the Marquee Club in London.
Rick Wakeman tweets, “[I] feel awful with a high temperature, dizziness and feeling very sorry for myself. I am not a good patient -- as my lovely wife will testify.”
Jake Clemons, the E Street Band sax player and nephew of the late Clarence Clemons, has announced eight September dates, including shows at City Winery branches in New York, Atlanta and Nashville.
Show Biz Buzzz...
Leonardo DiCaprio's production company just bought the rights to a biography of Leonardo da Vinci, which will be made into a film starring the quirky superstar.
Brooke Shields will join the cast of Law and Order: SVU for the series' 19th season. Her character is supposed to be a woman who "shakes up the world" of Mariska Hargitay's character.
Daphne Oz is leaving The View after six years on the ABC show's panel. She won't get a chance to say goodbye -- the next season will kick off without her on September 5th.
Former Bachelor star Lauren Bushnell has made her relationship with new man Devin Antin "Instagram Official" -- three months after splitting from love-of-her-life Ben Higgins.
Vanderpump Rules star Stassi Schroeder took to social media on Friday to announce that she had been dumped by boyfriend Patrick Meagher -- on their fourth anniversary!