AmEx Offering Pre-Sale Tickets for Musician Roger Waters’ Tour, Despite Reportedly Rejecting Involvement With Anti-Israel Performer
American Express is still sponsoring pre-sale tickets to British rockstar Roger Waters’ upcoming tour, despite reports that the credit card company declined involvement, due to the musician’s anti-Israel views, the New York Post’s Page Six reported on Wednesday.
Tickets for the former Pink Floyd bassist’s Québec City performance, part of his “US + Them” North American 2017 tour, went on sale last week, with a “Front of the Line by American Express” option allowing AmEx members early access to seats.
According to the report, a music insider noted, “AmEx said they are out of bed with [Waters], but they were still clearly shilling his tickets.”
Commenting on the pre-sale offer, a rep for the credit card giant told Page Six, “We have many pre-sales in market [sic] with a broad array of artists, and they vary market to market. As we said previously, for the Roger Waters tour in the US, we were never in specific talks to sponsor this tour.”
The publication previously cited a source at AmEx who said the company was asked to sponsor Waters’ “US + Them” tour at a cost of $4 million, but had “pulled out because it did not want to be part of his anti-Israel rhetoric.”
Waters is a vocal supporter of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, and has often pressured other musicians to not perform in Israel. Most recently, he signed an open letter by Artists for Palestine UK, demanding that the British electric band The Chemical Brothers cancel their upcoming concert in Tel Aviv.