Punk rock giants Green Day on Sunday announced the cancellation of the their upcoming show in Moscow in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
“With heavy hearts, in light of current events we feel it is necessary to cancel our upcoming show in Moscow at Spartak Stadium,” wrote the band in a story posted on their Instagram account.
“We are aware that this moment is not about stadium rock shows, it’s much bigger than that. But we also know that rock and roll is forever and we feel confident there will be a time and a place for us to return in the future. Refunds available at the point of purchase. Stay safe,” Green Day further said, hinting at a rescheduling in future, and assuring a refund to fans who had purchased tickets.
The punk rock band had been scheduled to play at the 45,000-seater Spartak Stadium in Moscow on May 29.
Green Day’s announcement about the cancellation of their show in Russia comes on the heels of a similar announcement by American indie pop band AJR on Friday.
“We are sad to announce that we will be cancelling our upcoming show in Russia [on October 22],” the band tweeted on Friday.
“Thank you to our Russian fans who oppose their country’s unprovoked and criminal behavior. Our hearts are with the people of Ukraine. At this point, the best thing you can do is share ACCURATE info,” the band further said in their tweet, not mincing words about Russia’s actions.
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In addition, the Eurovision Song Contest, too, on Friday announced its decision to ban Russia from participation in its 2022 edition.
While few musical acts have officially cancelled their Russia shows thus far, many more might follow as anti-Russia sentiment builds up in the wake of the invasion.