British pop star Robbie Williams, who will be performing at the World Cup opening ceremony in Moscow today, said he will not be performing his hit song ‘Party Like A Russian.’
Speaking to Reuters on Tuesday after a rehearsal for the show, Williams said he will be performing ‘a medley, a smorgasbord of my greatest hits’ alongside Russian soprano Aida Garifullina.
‘I would love to do ‘Party Like A Russian.’ Unfortunately I’ve been asked not to do ‘Party Like A Russian,’ he said.
Williams immediately added: ‘Actually, it has nothing to do with not being asked. It’s about me doing my biggest hits that are the best known.’
In the 2016 track, the Briton sings ‘it takes a certain kind of man with a certain reputation, to alleviate the cash from a whole entire nation.’ In the accompanying music video, ballerinas twirl around Williams in a lavish setting.
Pro-Kremlin media outlets were critical, suggesting Williams could be snubbed by Russian event organisers because of the song.
In response, Williams wrote on Twitter at the time that ‘this song is definitely not about Mr Putin.’
‘‘Party Like A Russian’‘ was a big hit for me, it was like my biggest hit here in Russia, so I’m really pleased,’ Williams said.
‘I didn’t mean any disrespect by it at all. It’s more of a Monty Python-esque kind of humour. I’m not mocking anybody. It’s just a pop record.’
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