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Following recent concert cancellations by Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Paul Anka and Backstreet Boys, former The Voice judge Cee Lo Green’s show in Israel is off.
Local promoters confirmed that the Aug. 19 concert will not take place. Green’s inaugural visit to the Holy Land was supposed to include a performance in Jerusalem’s Independence Park as part of the capital city’s annual summer events.
Said Israeli show promoter Carmi D. Wurtman: “The artist 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 Defense Forces’ regional Home Front Command allows gathering of up to a thousand people only.”
Wurtman told The Hollywood Reporter that plans are already underway to hopefully reschedule the concert for late October/early November.
Thrash-metal band Megadeth also won't be able to go ahead with a scheduled concert this coming Wednesday at Tel Aviv’s convention center. Despite assertive claims in local Israeli media by guitarist Dave Mustaine that the show would go on as planned, Megadeth on Monday night announced that the band had to cancel it.
The band posted the following statement on its web site: "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. The band was looking forward to this concert and is disappointed they will not be able to put on the show for their fans, but expects to return to Tel Aviv on their next international tour."
The ongoing security turmoil resulting from Operation Protective Edge over the last four weeks has led to multiple cancellations of live music. Another recent event that has been rescheduled: Hadera River Park’s BoomBox Festival, which was formally pushed back by promoters to an undisclosed date. The funk and hip-hop festival, originally slated for Aug. 14, had Wyclef Jean as its headliner alongside local bands.
- This article originally appeared in THR.com.