Chili Peppers Cancel Israeli Performance

The Red Hot Chili Peppers canceled a performance later this month at Israel's Heat Wave Festival due to security fears, according to organizers. More than 15,000 tickets were already sold for the Aug.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers canceled a performance later this month at Israel's Heat Wave Festival due to security fears, according to organizers. More than 15,000 tickets were already sold for the Aug. 28 concert in Tel Aviv, according to a statement.

The band notified concert organizer Shuki Weiss late last night (Aug. 13) that the concert would be postponed due to the current situation in the country and because of a U.S. State Department advisory recommending U.S. citizens not travel to Israel. More than 650 people have been killed in the region since fighting erupted between Israel and Palestinians last September.

The band told Weiss that they would "definitely come to Israel at a more suitable time," and ticketholders will have their money refunded, the statement added.

The Chili Peppers, who had the honor of closing MTV's recent 20th anniversary celebration in New York, have several European dates scheduled through the next two weeks. On Saturday and Sunday, the band will play the V2001 Music Festivals in Stafford and Chelmsford, England, respectively, followed by gigs Aug. 21 in Parken, Denmark, Aug. 23 in Utrecht, Holland, and Aug. 25 supporting U2 at Dublin's Slane Castle.


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