Cee Lo Green, Megadeth Forced to Cancel Israel Concerts

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 08.05.14 in News

Add two more names to the list of performers who’ve been forced to cancel their planned concerts in Israel amid the recent conflict with Hamas. Already, Neil Young, the Backstreet Boys and Paul Anka had pulled out of scheduled dates in the Holy Land, though both plan to reschedule the shows (see Rahawa Haile’s Wondering Sound feature, Should Musicians Play Tel Aviv?). Now Cee Lo Green and Megadeth have also had to change their touring routes, despite a fresh ceasefire this week between the embattled sides.

Cee Lo’s August 19 date at Jerusalem’s Independence Park won’t happen, but the goal is to reschedule for late October or early November, Israeli show promoter Carmi Wurtman told The Hollywood Reporter. The Gnarls Barkley and Goodie Mob singer “really wanted to come,” Wurtman said in a translated Facebook post, “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.”

Megadeth — whose frontman, Dave Mustaine, told Israel’s Mako TV just after the latest conflict began (via The Jerusalem Post), “Anyone who doesn’t come to Israel now is a coward” — canceled a scheduled August 6 show at the Tel Aviv Exhibition Center.

The thrash metal band said on its website: “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 canceled. 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 BoomBox Festival in Hadera, Israel, originally set for August 14 with Wyclef Jean as a headliner, has also been postponed to an unspecified date. Previously, Talib Kweli backed out of the festival, citing “solidarity with Palestinians.” Other upcoming Israel tour dates by American acts include Lana Del Rey on August 20 and Lady Gaga on September 13, both in Tel Aviv. A rep for Del Rey confirmed her show is currently “still on.”