LOS ANGELES: The US band Backstreet Boys has cancelled concerts in Tel Aviv following the growing tension between Israel and Palestine. This was going to be the first time the pop sensation was going to play in Israel.
The shows were scheduled from July 29 to July 31 at the Ra’anana Amphitheater in Tel Aviv and now the band is trying to rebook for next year.
“This is a major disappointment for the band and fans as this was supposed to be our first visit to Israel and we were looking forward to meeting our fans,” said the band.
In a statement the band said, ‘We now join the prayers of the people of Israel for the well-being of our soldiers, may they return home in peace.’
‘We’re already working with the producers on new dates during Spring 2015 and will notify everyone about this as soon as possible,’ the band added, according to dailymail.co.uk
It is not the first time a pop band has cancelled their concerts, Neil Young & Crazy Horse and Paul Anka have also previously cancelled their shows in the wake of the escalating Middle-East conflict.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 22nd, 2014.
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