With a 72-hour cease fire shattered by renewed rocket fire on Friday (August 8), the situation in Israel has once again put the country in lock-down mode. It’s also put Lana Del Rey on high alert, as she has postponed what was to be her first-ever concert in the country due to uncertainty over the ongoing battle between Israeli forces and Hamas fighters in Gaza.
Del Rey was slated to perform at Tel Aviv’s Exhibition Ground on August 20, but according to the Jerusalem Post, that show has been put on hold and will be rescheduled at a later time. A spokesperson for Del Rey did not return requests for comment at press time.
Promoter Rani Rahav said in a statement to the Haaretz newspaper, “Lana apologizes to the fans who bought tickets for the show. Details on a new date will be announced in the coming days.”
One Israeli fan posted a passionate comment on the tour date (still) listed on Del Rey’s site. “Lana, please come to Israel, we love you here, dont disappoint us,” wrote Joseph R. Brenner. “Dont be effected by some people who got hates in their head, please, i would like to see you here.”
The “Shades of Cool” singer joins a growing list of artists who’ve either postponed or canceled dates in Israel since the latest hostilities began several weeks ago. Cee Lo Green and Megadeth announced earlier this week that they were holding off on scheduled shows, following the news that Neil Young and the Backstreet Boys had scratched dates.
Lady Gaga still has a September 13 date slated for Tel Aviv and at press time it was unknown if that gig would be affected by the violence.