Michael Stipe backs Radiohead over Israel concert

Michael Stipe backs Radiohead over Israel concert

Radiohead has attracted the support of R.E.M. lead vocalist Michael Stipe, who uploaded a post on Instagram on Monday supporting the band's decision to perform in Israel this later this week.

"Let's hope a dialogue continues, helping to bring the occupation to an end and lead to a peaceful solution".

Indeed, Waters has been one of their most ardent critics, accusing Yorke of not responding to his email or engaging in discussion about why he thinks the band shouldn't play there.

Radiohead are set to play the show on 19 July despite repeated requests for them to cancel by campaigners, as part of an ongoing cultural boycott of the country.

"My answer to people who say we should go there and sit around the campfire and sing songs: No, we shouldn't", The Comfortably Numb musician said.

Now, Waters has addressed the situation yet again with comments made in a Facebook Live broadcast with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement over the weekend.

"It's deeply disrespectful to assume that we're either being misinformed or that we're so retarded we can't make these decisions ourselves", said Yorke in a Rolling Stone interview. Well Thom, you shouldn't feel insulted because if you did know what's going on, you would have a conversation with Ken Loach, who's been begging you to have a conversation, or with me, I begged you, Thom. As did Brian Eno; you ignored us all, you won't speak to anyone about anything.

"I know Thom Yorke's been whining about how he feels insulted, people are suggesting he doesn't know what's going on".

"We've played in Israel for over 20 years through a succession of governments, some more liberal than others".

He added that Yorke's alleged lack of communication was "extremely unhelpful to everybody".