British singers Louis Tomlinson and Yungblud and band Franz Ferdinand have canceled upcoming performances in Russia in light of the Russian-Ukrainian war, following in The footsteps of other musicians.
Go to Twitter on On Tuesday, Scottish indie rockers Franz Ferdinand said they were hosting Russian concerts for summer, adding “the only reason for it’s the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian state.”
“We love Russia. This great country has inspired our group through its art and literature and since we first played 17 years ago, we have built a rich and deep relationship with our russian fans“, said the group.
Russian President Vladimir Putin launched what he called “a special military transaction” last Thusday.
“We talked to a lot of our friends in Russia via social media and came up against unanimous opposition to this violence and solidarity with our Ukrainian friends,” the band said.
“We know you see the madness of the leaders of your country. We know you do not do want war. We dont do want war.”
Tomlinson, a former member of boy group One Direction, said late on Monday that he canceled his tour shows in Moscow and Kyiv.
“The safety of my fans is my priority and my thoughts go out to the people of Ukraine and all who suffer from this useless war,” he wrote. on Twitter.
Announcing he had canceled his Russia shows Yungblud said he was “heartbroken” to do so over The assault on Moscow on son neighbor, the most grand attack on a European state since World War II.
“Everyone deserves to be the creator of their own destiny, rather than having it imposed on them by acts of war and aggression,” he wrote. on Twitter.
Other acts to pull Russian concerts in the last a few days include American rock bands Green Day and Health and indie pop trio AJR.
“Although we don’t wish penalize our fans for governmental decisions which are beyond their control, given current state of affairs we will no longer carry out our previously scheduled activities shows in St. Petersburg and Moscow,” Health wrote. on Twitter on Monday.
“Our thoughts go out to the people of Ukraine.”