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Roger Waters believes he’s on a “Kill List” that is supported by the government of Ukraine. Waters sat for a lengthy chat with Rolling Stone, and the conversation covered a wide range of political topics including the current Russian invasion of Ukraine. The former Pink Floyd leader believes the media is spreading a narrative that Russia and China are evil. He also said the media is “monopolized by the powers that be and by the government,”

The interviewer pushes back by mentioning the various war crimes Russia committed against Ukraine that are currently being investigated. Waters deflects saying, “Don’t forget, I’m on a kill list that is supported by the Ukrainian government. I’m on the f—ing list, and they’ve killed people recently.… But when they kill you, they write ‘liquidated’ across your picture. Well, I’m one of those f—ing pictures.”

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He continues, “And when I read stuff, which I have done in blogs and things, criticizing me for my … I always go and look and see where it came from. And it’s amazing how often when I’ve done the hunt and hunted it down, it is da, da, da.ukraine.org.”

Rolling Stone notes Waters was making up a hypothetical web address in Ukraine in his statement. However, they also add, “Waters’ claim isn’t true, but it isn’t completely false, either. There is a list maintained by a far-right Ukrainian organization that contains hundreds of thousands of enemies of Ukraine, from alleged members of the Wagner private military company to journalists accused of cooperating with puppet governments in the Donbas region. The site, which has been roundly internationally condemned — but not taken down by the Ukrainian government itself — claims not to be a kill list but rather ‘information for law enforcement authorities and special services.'”

Rock Has Dominated Concert Revenues for 40 Years. Here's Proof.

Some of rock’s biggest artists are featured in a new chart from tour industry tracker Pollstar, which has released a new ranking of the top touring artists since 1980.

The two biggest touring acts since 1980 are the Rolling Stones and U2 coming in at numbers one and two, respectively. Both bands have the distinction of being the only two acts on the list that cleared the $2 billion gross mark.

A number of major rock acts are scattered throughout the top 2o of the massive 150 artist ranking. Among them are Bon Jovi, the Eagles, Metallica, Paul McCartney and more.

Scroll below and see which acts made the top 20 of Pollstar’s Top Touring Artists list along with their total touring grosses.

  • 20. André Rieu

    Total gross: $783,135,491

  • 19. Rod Stewart

    Total gross: $796,050,406

  • 18. Roger Waters

    Total gross: $841,218,937

  • 17. Taylor Swift

    Total gross: $924,991,375

  • 16. Ed Sheeran

    Total gross: $968,919,574

  • 15. Beyoncé

    Total gross: $1,012,704,645

  • 14. Coldplay

    Total gross: $1,038,862,173

  • 13. Dave Matthews Band

    Total gross: $1,085,558,730

  • 12. Kenny Chesney

    Total gross: $1,110,826,825

  • 11. Billy Joel

    Total gross: $1,187,103,345

  • 10. Paul McCartney

    Total gross: $1,193,812,645

  • 9. Metallica

    Total gross: $1,219,599,179

  • 8. Eagles

    Total gross: $1,314,544,780

  • 7. Bon Jovi

    Total gross: $1,329,891,400

  • 6. Celine Dion

    Total gross: $1,354,352,578

  • 5. Madonna

    Total gross: $1,389,746,222

  • 4. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band

    Total gross: $1,527,407,373

  • 3. Elton John

    Total gross: $1,748,183,036

  • 2. U2

    Total gross: $2,127,771,684

  • 1. The Rolling Stones

    Total gross: $2,165,280,638

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well-versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice. #TransRightsAreHumanRights

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