Neil Young Cancels Tel Aviv Concert Due to Israel Security Crisis

Neil Young Cancels Tel Aviv Concert
Lester Cohen/WireImage

Neil Young and Crazy Horse have cancelled their July 17 Tel Aviv concert, according to Warner Brothers Records, due to the security situation in Israel. The band’s only Israeli date was at the city’s main Hayarkon Park.

A spokesperson for Young said, “It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness that we must cancel our one and only Israeli concert due to tensions which have rendered the event unsafe at this time. We’ll miss the opportunity to play for our fans and look forward to playing in Israel and Palestine in peace.”

“I will be making donations to both the Louise Tillie Alpert Youth Music Centre of Israel, and Heartbeat,” Young’s statement said, “two organizations that teach music to Palestinian and Israeli youth simultaneously by enabling them to play music together.”

A police spokesman told Reuters the show was canceled “in order not to put people in Gaza rocket range at unnecessary risk.” Palestinian militants have fired hundreds of rockets at Tel Aviv since Tuesday.

Despite pressure from pro-Palestinian groups, artists including the Pixies, the Rolling Stones, Rihanna and Justin Timberlake have performed in Israel in the past few months.

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 2

Marketplace

    Leave a Reply

    2 Comments

    Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

    Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

    WordPress.com Logo

    You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

    Twitter picture

    You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

    Facebook photo

    You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

    Google+ photo

    You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

    Connecting to %s

    1. Beth Lerner says:

      Why don’t you correct your article? It was the Tel Aviv police that cancelled the concert in light of the rocket attacks on Tel Aviv. This is an online article and thus easily corrected. Do it.

    2. Yehuda Honickman says:

      with all due respect the Neil Young tel Aviv concert was cancelled by Israel’s home front command in conjunction with Israel Police. cancellation of the concert was solely based on public security issues. the concern for audience safety was the only issue canceling the concertconcert.

    More Music News from Variety

    Loading