Lady Gaga Stands by Israel Concert Plans

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 09.02.14 in News

Lady Gaga has reaffirmed her plans to perform in Israel this month. “Shalom,” she says in a video released over the weekend. “I’m so excited to perform my new tour in Tel Aviv.”

Gaga’s “artRave: The ARTPOP Ball” tour is set to come through Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park on September 13. One on the event’s producers confirmed to Israeli newspapers Haaretz and The Jerusalem Post that the show will still go on as scheduled.

The decision to hold the concert as planned comes as the latest outbreak of war this summer in Israel and Gaza has led other performers to cancel performances there. Among acts postponing shows in Israel recently are Lana Del Rey, Cee Lo Green and Megadeth. They followed scratched dates from Neil Young, the Backstreet Boys and Paul Anka.

Also this summer, Talib Kweli backed out of Hadera, Israel’s Boom Box Festival, citing “solidarity with the Palestinians.” The August 14 festival was eventually rescheduled for September 23 to 24, and original headliner Wyclef Jean is no longer on the lineup.

Lady Gaga first performed in Israel in 2009. Cheek to Cheek, her collaborative album with Tony Bennett, is due out on September 19 via Interscope.

Be sure to read Rahawa Haile’s Wondering Sound feature, Should Musicians Play Tel Aviv?