They were just nine days away from hitting the stage at the Ra’anana Amphitheater in Tel Aviv, Israel. But as tension grows between Israel and Palestine, the Backstreet Boys have decided to cancel what would have been their first concert in the area, according to a statement released on their site, reports Daily Mail. ‘We are very sorry to inform you that the BSB concerts planned for July 29-31 at the Raanana Amphitheater have been postponed,’ the statement began.
‘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 release continued.
‘We’re already working with the producers on new dates during Spring 2015 and will notify everyone about this as soon as possible,’ the band added.
The pop sensation are certainly not the first musical group to have cancelled their scheduled appearance as tensions grow in the region.
According to TMZ, Paul Anka and Neil Young & Crazy Horse have also scratched off scheduled performances in the area from their tour.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tal Sherf – an Israeli promoter – elaborated on the group’s efforts to one day perform in the area.
A statement released to the website read the group ‘make all possible efforts to announce the new dates as soon as possible … We know many loyal fans of the band in Israel were expecting and very excited about these concerts and we can say that we’ve been working on new dates for the months of March – April spring 2015.
‘Very sorry to inform that the concerts on July 29-31 at the Raanana Amphitheater have been postponed,’ the band tweeted on Sunday.
Though the band is likely disappointed to break the bad news, the group earlier celebrated an induction into Locarno Switzerland’s Walk Of Fame.
The fivesome will next take to the stage in Oostende, Belgium on July 20.
Source: New Age