.

Peter Gabriel Cancels Ukraine Show Over Security Concerns

'It is our sincere hope that the situation is resolved in a positive and peaceful fashion'

Peter Gabriel performs during his Back to Front tour
isifa/Getty Images Entertainment
May 10, 2014 3:53 PM ET

Peter Gabriel has canceled Saturday night's concert in Kiev over security concerns as political turmoil continues to rock Ukraine.

"Due to the on-going unrest in Ukraine it has become clear that the security of the touring personnel and equipment cannot be guaranteed during the planned visit to the country and this has presented us with significant logistical difficulties that we have been unable to resolve," Gabriel said in a note on his website on Thursday. "Any delays or damage as result of the situation in Ukraine would not be insured and would also potentially jeopardise future shows on the tour, something which we feel we also have to consider."

Peter Gabriel's Road to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

"It was due to our desire to do everything possible in order to make the show happen that the decision to cancel the show is now being made at such late notice. It is our sincere hope that the situation is resolved in a positive and peaceful fashion and we can return to the Ukraine in the not-too-distant future."

Gabriel's cancellation is the latest in a steady stream of musical acts pulling out of the region, following on the heels of Depeche Mode, who called off their Kiev concert in February as street clashes between opposition protesters and the government grew particularly intense just before the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovich. Aerosmith followed suit, postponing their May 21st Kiev concert, and Motorhead has called of their show in the city scheduled for July 27th, as The Hollywood Reporter notes.

The National went even further, announcing in late April that they were canceling their shows in Moscow and St. Petersburg along with a Kiev date as tensions between Russia and Ukraine boiled over. "We remain hopeful of coming to play for you in the future and we sincerely hope this current instability resolves in a positive, democratic and peaceful way," the band said in a post on Facebook. "Take care of yourselves and we hope to see you soon."

Gabriel, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, is set to bring his Back to Front tour to Lodz, Poland on Monday. He also announced this week that he has approved use of two of his classic hits, "In Your Eyes" and "Sledgehammer," to serve as the basis of a new online sound mixing class through New York University.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Nightshift”

The Commodores | 1984

The year after soul legends Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson died, songwriter Dennis Lambert asked members of the Commodores to give him a tape of ideas. "And the one from Walter Orange has this wonderful bass line," said co-writer Franne Golde. "Plus the lyric, 'Marvin, he was a friend of mine' ... Within 10 minutes, we had decided it should be something like a modern R&B version of 'Rock 'n' Roll Heaven,' and I just said, 'Nightshift.'" This tribute to the recently deceased musicians was the band's only hit without Lionel Richie, who had left for a solo career.

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com