English bassist Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) put Radiohead’s Thom Yorke on blast this past weekend in a live Facebook broadcast addressing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement. Yorke apparently refuses to acknowledge the movement at hand in consideration of his upcoming concert in Israel this week.
The show will take place this coming Wednesday, July 19, at Park Hayarkon in Tel Aviv, Israel in what will mark as the band’s first show in the country since 2000.
Waters has contrasting thoughts.
“My answer to people who say we should go there and sit around the campfire and sing songs: No, we shouldn’t,” Waters said. “We should observe the picket line. Anybody who’s tempted to do that, 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 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. I sent you a number of emails, begging you to have a conversation. As did Brian Eno; you ignored us all, you won’t speak to anyone about anything. So it’s that kind of isolationism that is extremely unhelpful to everybody.”
Waters continued by saying, “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.”
However, R.E.M. front man Michael Stipe posted a picture on Instagram, with the caption “I stand with Radiohead and their decision to perform. Let’s hope a dialogue continues, helping to bring the occupation to an end and lead to a peaceful solution. Sincerely, Michael Stipe.”
Thom Yorke has since not directly responded to Waters’ in regard to his recent statement.