Ten days after canceling their upcoming tour of Israel, the UK Pink Floyd Experience announced that they will in fact be performing in the Holy Land.
EGOeast Productions said Tuesday that the tribute band will be performing its three concerts as originally scheduled, on January 4 in Beersheba, January 5 in Tel Aviv and January 6 in Haifa.
Earlier this month, the UK-based cover band canceled after Roger Waters – the original Pink Floyd lead singer and an outspoken BDS activist – slammed them on Facebook.
“It was a terrible situation, their lives were threatened, they were very scared, they deleted their Facebook page” said Ziv Rubinstein, an Israeli musician and one of the producers from EGoeast. “But we know the people who are in the band, and we know they are people who love Israel, who have appeared here in the past – we talked to them and spoke to their heart.”
In a statement on its website on Tuesday, the band said it enjoyed a “wonderful reception” when it was in Israel in 2017, and was happy to be invited back.
“Our decision to accept the invitations to play in Israel were completely non-political and neither endorses nor criticises anyone’s political views in this situation,” the band wrote. “We deeply regret the upset caused by all of this, it was far from our intention to stir up all this anger and hatred, when the opposite was what was intended. In hindsight, it was very naive to think our motives would not be misunderstood and misrepresented.”
The band said that profits from its tour in Israel “will go to the charity UNICEF.”
Rubinstein told The Jerusalem Post Tuesday that the production company “tried to explain to them that at the end of the day, we’re talking about art, and we’re talking about music, and they have a big fan base here.” He said the band took “a brave step” in rescheduling the shows, knowing that “they will face attacks again.”
And to make a statement, the UK Pink Floyd Experience has invited Echoes – the Israeli Pink Floyd cover band – to join them at all three shows “so that there will be Israelis on stage – so that the audience won’t think for a second they wanted to cancel over that,” said Rubinstein.
While I am not thrilled they are donating the profits to UNICEF, I respect them for standing up to Roger Waters this way. Make no mistake about it – this is a middle finger to Herr Waters, who you may recall had claimed they had joined him on the Dark Side of the
Moon Force. Lead singer David Power denied it, but this is going one-step further. It is basically telling Waters to stick his brick prick in the wall.