Cee Lo Green, Megadeth Concerts in Israel Canceled
UPDATED: The former "The Voice" judge's Aug. 19 show in Jerusalem is one of the latest live performances to be affected by the Gaza conflict.
Local promoters confirmed that the Aug. 19 concert will not take place. Green's inaugural visit to the Holy Land was supposed to include a performance in Jerusalem's Independence Park as part of the capital city's annual summer events.
Said Israeli show promoter Carmi D. Wurtman: "The artist and his crew really wanted to come, 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."
Wurtman told The Hollywood Reporter that plans are already underway to reschedule the concert for late October/early November if possible.
Thrash-metal band Megadeth also won't be able to go ahead with a scheduled concert this coming Wednesday at Tel Aviv's convention center. Despite assertive claims in local Israeli media by guitarist Dave Mustaine that the show would go on as planned, Megadeth on Monday night announced that the band had to cancel it.
The band posted the following statement 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 expect to return to Tel Aviv on their next international tour."
The ongoing security turmoil resulting from Operation Protective Edge over the last four weeks has led to multiple cancellations of live music. Hadera River Park's BoomBox Festival was also formally pushed back by promoters to an undisclosed date. The funk and hip-hop festival, originally slated for Aug. 14, had Wyclef Jean as its headliner alongside local bands.