Tori Amos took a stand against Russian president Vladimir Putin’s anti-gay laws by performing a cover of faux-lesbian duo t.A.T.u’s hit “Not Gonna Get Us” at a Moscow show.
In an interview, the Grammy-nominated singer said that she decided to do the cover because Putin himself was scheduled to make a speech on the same stage the following day.
The 50 year-old singer told an Australian news site that she was nervous performing the cover. “To play a t.A.T.u. song, a lesbian anthem, in Moscow — you’ve gotta grab it with both hands, because if you don’t, it’s not going to work,” she said.
“The Russian audiences suggested it and I thought OK, that’s a really good idea. Little did I know, Putin was the next person to take that stage. He was going to be giving a speech there the next morning. His security showed up at the end of my show to start scoping the place, not knowing I’d just sung a lesbian anthem on stage.”
Listen to the cover below.
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