Alan Parsons, the rock legend who engineered Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon album, is ignoring pleas from the band’s Roger Waters to cancel a show in Israel.
Waters, a longtime supporter of the boycott Israel movement (BDS), has been writing to his peers, urging them to boycott gigs in the country as part of a cultural protest about the ongoing war between the two nations.
He challenged Parsons to scrap his Tel Aviv show on Wednesday night in a recent Facebook post, but it appears the Alan Parsons Project rocker has no intention of doing so.
Waters has also revealed he wrote a personal letter to Parsons, urging him to reconsider, stating, “I know you to be a talented and thoughtful man, so I assume you know of the plight of the Palestinians and that there is a growing nonviolent Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement protesting against the abusive policies of the Israeli government.”
Parsons replied explaining the show would go on, prompting the Pink Floyd star to add, “I regret that you have decided, for now at least, to stand with the minority of artists and academics who support the policies of the current Israeli government.”
Parsons has since addressed the matter on his Facebook page, writing, “This is a political matter and I am simply an artist. I create music.”