US musicians are latest to have gigs pulled as conflict with Palestine continues
Cee Lo Green and Megadeth have become the latest artists forced to cancel live performances in Israel.
Green was due to perform at Jerusalem’s Independence Park on August 19 but the concert has been cancelled by organisers who feel that “now is not the right time” to stage an event given the ongoing conflict with Palestine. It is hoped the show will be rearranged before the end of 2014.
In a statement issued to The Hollywood Reporter, Israeli promoter Carmi D Wurtman said: “The artist (Green) and his crew really wanted to come, but unfortunately we were the ones who had to postpone it because this is not the right time to advertise and push a concert and also because Israel Defence Forces’ regional Home Front Command allows gatherings of up to a thousand people only.”
Meanwhile, US metal band Megadeth have pulled out of a gig in Tel Aviv tomorrow (August 6) with the band posting the following message on their website: “Due to an inability to confirm the guaranteed passage of the band and their gear into Tel Aviv in time for the show, the upcoming Megadeth concert, scheduled for Wednesday, August 6, 2014, has been cancelled.”
Last month Neil Young cancelled a show in Tel Aviv, Israel because of the situation. “We’ll miss the opportunity to play for our fans and look forward to playing in Israel and Palestine in peace,” said a statement issued by Young and his band Crazy Horse.
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder also caused controversy by appearing to side with the Free Palestine campaign during his band’s recent performance at Milton Keynes Bowl.
Madonna, Rihanna and Zayn Malik of One Direction have also called for peace during the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine.