Roger Waters, Brian & Roger Eno, and Tom Morello have all taken part in a live-streamed benefit performance, Live For Gaza.
The fundraiser show celebrated the Delia Arts Centre’s launch in the Palestinian city of Gaza, and the trio performed on a bill that also included several local musicians to the country. Commenting on his involvement, Morello said: “For decades now, in my bands Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave and in my solo work and as a radio broadcaster, I’ve been promoting freedom and justice through music.
“A way to connect people across the globe, a way to have a shared, common experience of enjoying music and playing music together like we’re gonna do.”
Meanwhile, Roger Waters took to social media before posting a message condemning the Israeli regime. “I’m so happy to be a part of this evening of music and love and action,” he wrote. “Grab a ticket and tune in this Saturday to see the world premiere of the band and I playing ‘The Bravery of Being Out of Range’ (including a new verse!). I’m going to take this opportunity to reach out to ask EPL players to join me in an international campaign to persuade FIFA and UEFA to ban Israel’s national soccer team and Israeli football clubs from international competition until Israel stops its racist apartheid policies.”
Waters then added: “You take a knee every Saturday? Well? You have a big voice, please join the choir in favor of human rights. The FIFA UEFA BAN ISRAELI TEAMS Campaign starts now!”
Israel’s national football association since responded to Waters and pleaded with him to view the sport as a way to bring together. They tweeted, “Dear Roger Waters Instead of adding just another brick in the wall of hatred and boycotts, join us in turning football into a bridge for peace and unity.”
Morello performed a previously unheard track about Gaza’s plight, while Roger and Brian Eno performed ‘Celeste’ from their 2020 album, Mixing Colours. Waters’ performance of ‘Bravery of Being Out of Range’ is currently the only one available to watch online, which you can check out below.
I’m so happy to be a part of this evening of music and love and action. Grab a ticket and tune in this Saturday to see…Posted by Roger Waters on Friday, 9 April 2021