Backstreet Boys cancel Israel gigs due to conflict

The band had scheduled three sell-out dates for the end of July in the region

Backstreet Boys have joined the growing list of bands to cancel their performances in Israel due to the current conflict in the region.

The boyband have cancelled their three sell-out shows in Tel Aviv at the end of July, and follow Neil Young & Crazy Horse, who cancelled a gig earlier this month due to the “current security situation” in the country.

“We are very sorry to inform you that the BSB concerts planned for July 29-30-31 at the Ra’anana Amphitheater have been postponed,” an official statement from the band read. “This is a major disappointment for the band and fans as this was to be our first visit to Israel and we looked forward to meeting our fans.”

Israeli tour promoter Tal Sherf told The Hollywood Reporter that the band would “make all possible efforts to announce the new dates as soon as possible,” and revealed that they hope to rechedule the dates for next year: “We know many loyal fans of the band in Israel were expecting and very excited about these concerts and we can say that we’ve been working on new dates for the months of March-April Spring 2015.”

Artists still scheduled to perform in the country in the coming weeks are Lana Del Rey and Lady Gaga, who have concerts planned for late August and mid-September respectively.