Pharrell Williams Cancels Israeli Concert

Industry sources say the pace of ticket sales for the Rishon Letzion concert were disappointing, while the Williams' representatives said the date was scrapped due to scheduling problems.


American singer Pharrell Williams' concert in the Tel Aviv suburb of Rishon Letzion, which was due to take place in just a week and a half, has been cancelled, the concert's producers announced on Wednesday.

Williams' representatives said the cancellation was due to unanticipated scheduling problems and expressed the hope that it would be rescheduled, but industry sources said the pace of ticket sales had been disappointing.

With the concert initially scheduled for Thursday of next week, 8,000 of the 14,000 tickets for the event, which was being produced by Udi Appelbaum of Concerto Productions, had been sold. The company said that refunds would be available beginning Sunday, July 17 to those who had purchased tickets.

Williams, who is best known for his hit song "Happy," was confronted last year at an appearance in Cape Town, South Africa by advocates of the anti-Israel boycott movement for teaming up with the South African retailer Woolworths, which sells Israeli products.