Depeche Mode Bails on Ukraine Concert Stop

Up until everything started going batshit crazy in Ukraine, my wife and I had plans to fly into Warsaw this summer and then drive to Lviv to try and locate some long-lost relatives.  That doesn’t seem like a good idea right now. With travel advisories in place (including from the Canadian government), it’s probably best to stay away from Kyiv for the moment.

Depeche Mode is onside with that.  They were scheduled to perform in Kyiv on Wednesday night (February 26) but given that no one is really sure who’s running the country, they’ve decided to cancel.  From their website:

Depeche Mode regretfully announce that due to the current civil unrest and instability in Kiev and the whole of Ukraine, the concert scheduled for Wednesday, February 26th at the International Exhibition Center in Kiev has been cancelled. The safety and security of the band, crew and fans is the highest priority, and at this time it is not possible to ensure a safe and enjoyable concert experience for everyone involved.Ticket holders should seek refunds from the ticketing vendor or box office from which they purchased their tickets.

The band’s thoughts are with the Ukrainians during this challenging period and they sincerely look forward to the next time they can perform for the fans in Kiev and Ukraine.

Can’t say I blame them.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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