Published On: Sun, Jul 13th, 2014

Neil Young Forced to Cancel Israel Concert for Now

Roger Waters, of Pink Floyd fame, has been trying to get Young to cancel his Tel Aviv concert.

Neil Young At The 16th Annual Bridge School benefit concert

“It is with deep regret that we are forced to announce the cancellation of the Neil Young and Crazy Horse show, which was planned for this Thursday at Yarkon Park, ” the Israeli production company managing the rock star’s visit said in a statement Sunday morning.

The decision was made “in light of the missile attacks in recent days and the fear for the audience’s safety at an event with so many participants. Information about refunds and the ticket cancellations will be published by Friday in a press release and at the ticket offices.”

Roger Waters, of Pink Floyd fame, has been trying to get Young to cancel his Tel Aviv concert, finally addressing him with an open letter that read: “Neil Young! You are one of my biggest heroes … your songs have always been redolent of love and humanity and compassion for your fellow man and woman. I find it hard to believe that you would turn your back on the indigenous people of Palestine.”

But Young’s Tel Aviv concert was a firm go, and organizers tried until the last minute to get permission for it to take place. Finally, it became clear that Israel’s security services were concerned that packing tens of thousands of people into the park would turn the place into an irresistible target for the Hamas rocket launchers in Gaza.

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