The Backstreet Boys join the growing list of performers forced to cancel shows in Israel due to safety concerns. The reunited Orlando, Florida based boyband had three sold out dates scheduled for the end of July, but have called off the shows as a result of recent outbreaks of hostility between Israel and Palestine.
According to an article posted on July 21 at NME.com, BSB had planned to wrap up their hugely successful In a World Like This Tour in the troubled country, but have now cancelled all three shows originally slated between July 29-31 in Ra'Anana, Israel at Ra'anana Amphitheatre. The band and promoters remain hopeful that the shows can be rescheduled in 2015 once the violence subsides.
The reunited "Quit Playing Games" hitmakers were making their first visit to Israel and described the cancellation as a "major disappointment." In an official statement posted at BackstreetBoys.com, the band wrote, "We are very sorry to inform you that the BSB concerts planned for July 29-30-31 at the Ra'anana Amphitheatre have been postponed," 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."
The BSB cancellation follows in the wake of numerous other scrubbed shows cancelled due to increased rocket fire. Israel has hosted a number of high profile acts this summer, including The Rolling Stones and Justin Timberlake. But escalating violence over the past two weeks has caused the recent cancellations of shows by Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Canadian crooner Paul Anka, veteran folk-rock band America, psychedelic rockers The Brian Jonestown Massacre and jazz musicians Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke.
Promoters remain hopeful the situation in Israel will be resolved and the remaining summer schedule will go on as planned. High profile shows on tap which could be at risk include: Megadeth, Cee Lo Green, Lana Del Rey and Lady Gaga,
The Backstreet Boys wrapped up their North American tour leg in June, which was in support of their 2013 studio album In a World Like This. Earlier this year, the group won an award for Best Musical Moment at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards for their performance in the movie This Is The End. Following the completion of their European leg this month, BSB will take a short breather before hosting the four-day Backstreet Boys Cruise 2014 from Oct. 24-27 in Orlando, Florida.