Paul Anka Cancels Tel Aviv Concert Amid Hostilities (Exclusive)
Following escalating security tensions due to Operation Protective Edge and Israeli Defense Forces launching a military ground operation entering the Hamas-governed Gaza Strip late Thursday night, local time, two scheduled Tel Aviv concerts by Paul Anka are now officially off.
"Due to the current situation in the Middle East, Paul Anka and the local promoters will be postponing his upcoming concerts scheduled for July 24 and 26, 2014," his rep tells The Hollywood Reporter in a statement. "Management is in constant communication with our local promoter friends, trying to find a solution to the rescheduled dates. Once this is worked out in the next few days, the local promoter will make the announcement. We ask all current ticket holders to keep their tickets and await that announcement. Mr. Anka assures you that once the local situation is resolved, he will be there with the latest version of his fantastic performance."
This would have been the veteran crooner's third time to the holy land since his November 2009 inaugural visit. Anka's popularity in Israel had local promoters announce last month a second concert to be added, both scheduled for July 24 and 26.
Neil Young & Crazy Horse and The Brian Jonestown Massacre had canceled their shows in Israel, both originally supposed to take place this past week.
Next up on the agenda for Israeli music fans is one of the most anticipated events of the summer: three concerts by Backstreet Boys, a surprise draw for a busy summer already headlined by The Rolling Stones and Justin Timberlake and future planned concerts by Lana Del Ray and Lady Gaga. The boy band's first scheduled show sold out almost immediately, and soon after, promoters announced two additional concerts, both selling out in one of the fastest selling events ever in Israel. Backstreet Boys is scheduled to perform on July 29, 30 and 31, ending its overall 145 dates for their In a World Like This world tour in the central-Israel city of Ra'anana.