Peter Gabriel Cancels Kiev Concert Over Security Concerns
MOSCOW -- English singer Peter Gabriel has canceled his show, scheduled to be held in Kiev on May 10, over security concerns against the backdrop of the ongoing political turmoil in Ukraine.
"Due to the ongoing 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," read a statement on Gabriel's official website.
"Any delays or damage as a result of the situation in Ukraine would not be insured and would also potentially jeopardize future shows on the tour, something which we feel we also have to consider," it continued.
According to the statement, there are hopes that the situation will be resolved "in a positive and peaceful fashion" and that the singer would still be able to perform in Ukraine "in the not-too-distant future."
Those who have bought tickets for the show will be refunded and will also receive a DVD of Gabriel's Back to Front tour.
Several other international acts have canceled their Ukrainian or Russian shows over the last few months due to the turmoil in Ukraine and strained relations between the two countries.
Last February, Depeche Mode canceled its Kiev concert, which nearly coincided with the highest point in street clashes between the opposition and the government, resulting in the ousting of President Viktor Yanukovych.
The Finnish metal band Children of Bodom axed its Kiev gig, scheduled for April 29. Greek-American musician Yiannis Chryssomallis, known under his stage name Yanni, also canceled his show, which was supposed to be held in Kiev on May 26.
Indie rock band The National canceled its shows in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kiev this summer "due to the ongoing political crisis in the region," as the band said on its official website.
Aerosmith postponed its Kiev performance scheduled for May 21 until further notice and Motorhead pulled out of its July 27 show in the city.