“We are very sorry to inform you that the BSB concerts planned for July 29-30-31 at the Ra’anana Amphitheater have been postponed,” read an official statement. “This is a major disappointment for the band and fans as this was to be our first visit to Israel and we looked forward to meeting our fans.”
Even though it would’ve been the band’s first visit to the country, they re-assured fans that they are trying to reschedule the concerts for next year—when everyone hopes that things will be more stable.
“We’re already working with the producers on new dates during spring 2015 and will notify everyone about this as soon as possible,” the statement continued. “Sending lots of love to everyone.”
The cancelation comes on the heels of several others—Neil Young & Crazy Horse recently canceled a show in Tel Aviv near the embattled area, as did The Brian Jonestown Massacre and Paul Anka.
An Israeli promoter, Tal Sherf, issued a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, clarifying that the Backstreet Boys are looking at alternative dates for another leg of their tour that will occur next year.
“We know many loyal fans of the band in Israel were expecting and very excited about these concerts and we can say that we’ve been working on new dates for the months of March – April spring 2015,” Sherf said. “We now join the prayers of the people of Israel for the well-being of our soldiers, may they return home in peace.”
We echo his sentiments.