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Neil Young cancels concert in Israel due to security issues

Neil Young & Crazy Horse show in Tel Aviv, Israel cancelled due to rocket fire
Neil Young & Crazy Horse show in Tel Aviv, Israel cancelled due to rocket fire
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Neil Young & Crazy Horse will not perform on July 17 in Tel Aviv, Israel as planned. The legendary Canuck singer-songwriter and long-time backing band's controversial gig at Tel Aviv's Hayarkon Park has been cancelled due to safety issues.

According to an article posted on July 13 at courtesy of, organizers have opted to cancel the "Rockin' in the Free World" hitmaker's performance as a result of outbreaks of hostility between Israel and Hamas. Recent rocket fire has made it impossible to ensure the safety of the huge masses of people that would have been attending the event.

Since announcing the concert back in January, the multi-Grammy winner has been under pressure to boycott the appearance by groups protesting the violence. Ex-Pink Floyd frontman Roger Water joined naysayer ranks recently, penning an open letter to the two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer asking him to cancel the show - a choice which the controversial rocker has thus far resisted.

Commenting on the causes behind the axed show, Merav Lahav, a member of concert promoter Shuki Weiss’ public relations team said the cancellation was the decision of Weiss and the Tel Aviv municipality and had nothing to do with Young and his band. In a prepared statement, Weiss announces:

The cancellation is due to the barrage of rockets that have been fired in recent days and concern for the safety of an audience for such an event.”

Young and company kicked off their summer European tour, playing for the first time ever in Iceland on July 7 at Reykjavik's Laugardalshöllin. The tour marked the debut of long-time Young associate Rick Rosas in the Crazy Horse line-up, replacing bassist Billy Talbot, who suffered a mild stroke in late June and had to sit out the tour on doctor's orders.

Young recently released a new studio album titled A Letter Home, which contains low-fi acoustic renditions of classic songs by a range of artists who influenced the two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer in his formative years. The "Heart of Gold" hitmaker has also released a live box set with "on again - off again" bandmates Crosby, Still & Nash, titled CSNY 74, which hit shelves on July 8.

Young and Crazy Horse are currently in the U.K. where they performed a headlining appearance July 12 at London's Hyde Park as part of Barclaycard presents British Summer Time festival and will make their next stop July 13 in Liverpool at the Liverpool Echo Arena.

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