August 2, 2021

Thom Yorke and Elton John criticize David Frost for the touring crisis

British singer Elton John launched several criticisms of the British government for the negative impact of Brexit on the UK music scene.

The artist acknowledged in an interview the inaction of British politicians and has especially charged against the British Brexit minister, David Frost. “We’ve talked to Mr. (Paul) Strasburger about it, and we’ve talked to Mr. (David) Frost, but we haven’t gotten anywhere with him… It’s a nightmare. For young people who have just started their career, it is a cross, “he argued. John.

Days after these statements, Frost decided to comment on it. “I can’t help but notice that their first successes were before the UK became a member of the European Union, so I think there is probably more at stake here than the pure rules within the then European Community,” argued the British minister.

The composer and vocalist of Radiohead, Thom Yorke, decided to join this verbal meeting after the words of Frost. The musician quoted a tweet from The Independent where he explained that Frost he removed the responsibilities of solving the Brexit touring crisis affecting British musicians, to which he replied “Oh yes, my friend, do you think?”

Although the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, recognized in March that Frost If he was in charge of this situation, the Brexit minister places the responsibility on the UK Ministry of Culture, Media and Sport. What’s more, Frost It argued that musicians can work without a visa in 17 European Union countries, a fact that The Guardian disputes, explaining that there has been no facilitation to remove visa barriers for musicians and other artists after Brexit.

It is not the first time that a member of the band Radiohead speaks out about the consequences of Brexit for musicians, but the guitarist Colin Greenwood wrote an opinion piece for The Guardian. On the other hand, several musicians join the initiative Let The Music Move, where they ask the British government to mitigate the impacts of Brexit on restrictions, costs and delays in European tours.