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Pink Floyd star Roger Waters has come under attack from Jewish leaders after comparing the modern state of Israel to Nazi Germany. Earlier this month (Dec13), the controversial musician gave an interview to editors at left wing U.S. magazine CounterPunch and compared the massacre of millions of Jews by Adolf Hitler's regime during the Holocaust to the present struggles faced by Palestinians in their ongoing fight over border and security issues with neighbouring Israel.
He said, "There were many people that pretended that the oppression of the Jews was not going on. From 1933 until 1946. So this is not a new scenario. Except that this time it's the Palestinian people being murdered."
His comments have since infuriated a group of Jewish leaders, who have described Waters' comments as a form of anti-Semitism.
Leading American thinker, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, writes in an article for the New York Observer, "Mr. Waters, the Nazis were a genocidal regime that murdered six million Jews. That you would have the audacity to compare Jews to monsters who murdered them shows you have no decency, you have no heart, you have no soul."
Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust in England, adds to Britain's The Observer, "Everyone is entitled to an opinion and to advocate passionately for a cause, but drawing inappropriate parallels with the Holocaust insults the memory of the six million Jews - men, women, and children - murdered by the Nazis. These kinds of attacks are commonly used as veiled anti-Semitism and should be exposed as such."
This is not the first time Waters, who is a well-known supporter of the Palestinian cause, has had to defend his actions and comments. He was criticised after he beamed a Star of David symbol onto a flying inflatable pig during his The Wall Live Tour concert in Belgium in August (13).
The veteran rocker has also been encouraging other musicians to follow his lead and refuse to perform gigs in Israel, and he has won the support of several British musicians, including Elvis Costello and Annie Lennox.
Rockers the Foo Fighters officially made their live comeback in Mexico on Wednesday night (11Dec13) after a year-long hiatus. Dave Grohl and his bandmates performed a hits set dotted with covers of Beatles and Pink Floyd tracks at the Foro Sol stadium in Mexico City before 55,000 adoring fans.
The group prepared for the big gig by performing for diners in a Californian pizza restaurant - the rockers played a secret show at the tiny Rock & Roll Pizza venue in Moorpark on Monday (09Dec13).
The Mexico City show was the group's first official gig since a New York concert in September, 2012 at the Global Festival.
The Foo Fighters will play at the same Mexico venue on Friday night (13Dec13).
"She sadly passed away a few years ago from lupus and since then I've become the American ambassador for The Lupus Foundation... It was just a scribble at school. I don't have it; Dave Gilmour from Pink Floyd has it." Singer/songwriter Julian Lennon on the childhood scribble of his late friend Lucy, which inspired his father to write Beatles hit Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.
Iron Maiden and Metallica will headline Britain's Sonisphere Festival when it returns after a two year break next year (14). In 2012, the event was cancelled and the 2013 concert was pulled due to a failure to attract big name headliners, but it's back with a vengeance for a big show at Knebworth Park in England in July (14).
Announcing details of the hot ticket gig on Monday (02Dec13), Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson said, "We all grew up in England well aware of the importance of the legendary concerts at Knebworth, and scarily it all seems quite recent!
"Without being cliched, it really is an honour and privilege to return to play there with the purpose of celebrating some of the finest moments in British rock history from inspirational bands like Pink Floyd, The Who, Zeppelin, The Stones and Genesis."
Dickinson also announced that the Sonisphere Festival will be the band's last concert of its current Maiden England Tour.
He adds, "If you are there on the day it is highly likely that you will hear some of these songs played live for the very last time ever. So on an occasion like this, a celebration and the end of a chapter, you can be sure we will do our utmost to give our fans one hell of a show and go out with all guns blazing."
Sonisphere 2014 will be held from 4 July to 6 July (14).
Former Pink Floyd star David Gilmour has recruited fellow rock legends David Crosby and Graham Nash for his new solo album. Working on the follow-up to his 2006 release On an Island, which also featured the duo, the guitarist called on two thirds of Crosby, Stills & Nash to join him in the studio again.
Nash reveals, "He said, 'What the hell would it cost you to have David Crosby and Graham Nash getting on a bloody train to Brighton to sing with you?' We’re musicians. We love good songs. We’ll sing them until we are dead."
The Who star Roger Daltrey is still suffering the ill effects of an eye injury he sustained while performing with Gary Glitter almost 15 years ago. The veteran band was preparing a live rendition of its rock opera Quadrophenia in the late 1990s, and the stars enlisted a string of special guests, including Pink Floyd's David Gilmour and glam rocker Glitter.
During a rehearsal, Daltrey was struck in the face by a microphone stand being wielded by the Rock and Roll hitmaker, and he reveals he still regularly uses medical drops to keep the vision in his left eye steady.
He tells Britain's The Sunday Times Magazine, "My left eye's still giving me trouble. It was a hell of a blow. I was out for 20 minutes. How it didn't kill me I don't know. The next day I went on stage holding the eyeball in with a patch. The eye wanted to leave the face."
British folk star Roy Harper is facing charges after he was accused of sexually abusing a young girl more than four decades ago. The 72-year-old musician, who has previously collaborated with Pink Floyd, is facing nine charges relating to alleged offences which are said to have taken place between 1975 and 1977.
A spokesperson for West Mercia Police says, "The summons relates to two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under 13, three counts of indecent assault on a girl under 14 and four counts of gross indecency with a girl under 14. The charges are in connection with offences alleged to have taken place in Herefordshire between 1975 and 1977 and relate to one victim."
Harper has been summoned to appear at Hereford Magistrates' Court in England on Monday (18Nov13). He was not arrested in connection with the alleged offences, but agreed to be voluntarily interviewed by police earlier this year (13).
"The only other thing I would ever consider doing is starting a church. Then you don't have to pay income tax. All you need is the gift of the gab, you need to be able to lie really well and you make a fortune with almost no talent." Pink Floyd star Roger Waters jokes about his career opportunities outside music.
Pink Floyd star Roger Waters is recording his first new rock album in over two decades. The legendary bassist/singer is back in the studio, and has told Rolling Stone magazine that he has already finished a demo of a new record.
Waters also reveals it is turning out to be a concept album, describing the yet-to-be-titled record as a story about "an old man and a young child trying to figure out why they're killing the children."
Although the 70 year old released an opera album in 2005, this will mark his first rock project since 1992 record Amused to Death.
Roger Waters has expressed his gratitude to a war veteran by sending him a poem after he helped locate the spot where the Pink Floyd star's father died in action during World War Two. Harry Schindler used British intelligence and maps to identify the exact place where the rocker's father, Lieutenant Eric Waters, was killed in 1944 during the battle of Anzio in Italy.
Waters, who was only five months old when his father passed, has since reached out to Schindler to thank him by writing a poem, titled One River, and sending it to the retired soldier with a letter which he signed, "To Harry, with gratitude."
Schindler, who is the head of the Italy Star Association of veterans, was touched by the poem, telling Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper, "It's very moving indeed... I think Roger was grateful that I went to all this trouble to find where his father was killed.
"I see my job as to make sure that nobody forgets all the lads who died and what happened after the landings. I came through it fortunately, but many didn't."