Paul Anka Cancels Israel Concert Amid Hostilities

The singer hopes to reschedule the date for the near future, with his rep saying 'he will be there with the latest version of his fantastic performance.'

Following escalating security tensions due to Operation Protective Edge and Israeli Defense Forces launching a military ground operation entering the Hamas governed Gaza Strip late Thursday night, local time, two scheduled Tel Aviv concerts by Paul Anka are now officially off.

"Due to the current situation in the Middle East, Paul Anka and the local promoters will be postponing his upcoming concerts scheduled for July 24 and 26, 2014," his rep tells The Hollywood Reporter in a statement. "Management is in constant communication with our local promoter friends, trying to find a solution to the rescheduled dates. Once this is worked out in the next few days the local promoter will make the announcement. We ask all current ticket holders to keep their tickets and await that announcement. Mr. Anka assures you that once the local situation is resolved, he will be there with the latest version of his fantastic performance."

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This would have been the veteran crooner's third time to the holy land since his November 2009 inaugural visit. Anka's popularity in Israel had local promoters announce last month a second concert to be added, both scheduled for July 24 and 26.

While Neil Young & Crazy Horse and The Brian Jonestown Massacre canceled their shows in Israel, both originally supposed to take place this past week, Anka's announcement clarified his shows are postponed and will be rescheduled in the near future.

Next up on the agenda for Israeli music fans is one of the most anticipated events of the summer, three concerts by Backstreet Boys, a surprise draw for a busy summer already headlined by Rolling Stones and Justin Timberlake and future planned concert by Lana Del Ray and Lady Gaga. The boy band's first scheduled show sold out almost immediately, and soon after promoters announced two additional concerts, both selling out as well in one of the fastest selling events ever in Israel. Backstreet Boys is set to perform on July 29, 30 and 31, ending its overall 145 dates In A World Like This world tour in the central-Israel city of Ra'anana.

This article was first published by The Hollywood Reporter


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