MOSCOW • British pop star Robbie Williams (above) has mentioned the music will not be about Russian chief Vladimir Putin, however he’ll nonetheless not carry out Party Like A Russian on the World Cup opening ceremony right now.
Speaking after a rehearsal for the present, he mentioned he’ll as a substitute carry out “a medley, a smorgasbord of my greatest hits”, alongside Russian soprano Aida Garifullina.
In the 2016 monitor, he sings “it takes a certain kind of man with a certain reputation, to alleviate the cash from a whole entire nation”.
In the music video, ballerinas twirl round Williams in a lavish setting.
Pro-Kremlin media shops had been essential, suggesting Williams may very well be snubbed by Russian event organisers due to the music.
In response, he tweeted: “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.”
The singer mentioned he cherished coming to Russia. “Because when we grew up, Russia might as well have been on a different planet,” he mentioned.
“And then peering behind the Iron Curtain, you get to meet the people. You get to experience the culture and you realise that, you know, they are just humans, just like me and you.”
Williams mentioned his stint on the opening ceremony of the World Cup was an honour. “Something like this happens and you pinch yourself,” he mentioned. “I’m pinching myself again… And I just don’t want to get too overwhelmed because I know how big the stage is.”
The efficiency will happen half an hour earlier than Russia faces Saudi Arabia within the match’s opening match in Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium.