Increased unrest in the country forces the band to pull the plug on the gig...

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS are reported to have pulled out of a planned show in ISRAEL as a result of increased violence in the area.

The group were due to follow their live show at this weekend’s V2001 festival (August 18-19) with a U2 support slot at Slane Castle (August 25) and a show in Tel Aviv (28).

However, according to the Reuters news service, the Tel Aviv show has been cancelled because of a number of Palestinian suicide bombings in the area. The 20,000 ticketholders for the show will receive a full refund.

Speaking about the cancellation, organiser Shuki Weiss said: “Following the urgency and the increasing consistency of the incidents over the past weekend the band was forced to reach a decision to delay their visit although they truly desired… to visit Israel.

“It always comes as a surprise because…the production and the activity went on until yesterday (August 13) afternoon. But I can’t say that over the last weekend there weren’t some fears in my heart.”

However, it is hoped the band will reschedule the show for when the violence in the region is brought under control.

Weiss concluded: “The idea of bringing the Chili Peppers to Israel…is something we have been working on for years.”