As the date of Radiohead’s highly controversial concert in Israel draws nearer, the number of people with opinions about it grows increasingly large.
Earlier, Roger Waters, a staunch supporter of the Boycott, Divestment, And Sanctions Movement, urged Radiohead once again to cancel, saying that the band should stop “whining” about the protest and “educate themselves.”
And now Michael Stipe is saying just the opposite, applauding Thom Yorke’s decision to open up channels of dialogue and cultural exchange by playing in Tel Aviv. “I stand with Radiohead and their decision to perform,” the former R.E.M. frontman wrote in a post on Instagram. “Let’s hope a dialogue continues, helping to bring the occupation to an end and lead to a peaceful solution.”
This article originally appeared in Stereogum.