Update: Henry Rollins has issued a statement explaining the reasons for the show being postponed and denying any link between its cancellation and the pressure to boycott Israel.
Henry Rollins has postponed a show in Tel Aviv amid pressure from a campaign seeking for a culture boycott of the country, although he denies the two issues being linked.
The former Black Flag singer had been scheduled to play Tel Aviv’s Havana Club on February 5, with Rollins’ official website citing a “promoter conflict” as the reason for the postponement. Rollins states that he intends to “reschedule as soon as possible”.
Rollins has since denied that the gig postponement had anything to do with the boycott calls. Rollins says: “I canceled the Tel Aviv show on advice from my agent, who had been having a much less than honest time with the promoter. I was looking forward to the show in Tel Aviv. I don’t think a cultural boycott is a good way to go”.
A recent open letter called for Rollins to pull his gig. It read: “No matter what your intentions are, Israel’s regime of oppression will use your name, as the South African apartheid regime used artists’ names, to whitewash its crimes”.
Meanwhile, Henry Rollins recently retracted previous negative comments made about Morrissey, specifically that he would to make a house record from the sound of the former Smiths frontman being burned to death.
Rollins made the original comments in an early interview, later telling The Guardian: “Well, I like the guy. I think he’s very intelligent and has real good taste in music. It’s nothing I’d say on stage now because I think it’s poorly meant, but that’s why we humans are allowed subtly evolve here and there. There are definitely some people I wouldn’t mind seeing burned to death – I absolutely have a kill list. But not good old Morrissey. I think the world is a much better place with him in it.”
Rollins also recently criticised Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, labelling the controversial politician as “just a bored rich guy being crass”.