Israel-Hamas Fighting Prompts Folk Band America to Cancel Israel Concert

Earlier this week, a Neil Young concert in Tel Aviv was also called off because of the security situation.

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Folk-rock band America has followed in the footsteps of Neil Young, and canceled an upcoming concert in Israel because of the ongoing fighting between Israel and Hamas, IBA World Service reported.

The August 7 concert by the band whose hits include "A Horse with No Name" was sold out according to the report, and ticketholders will get their money back.

On Sunday, the organizers of Neil Young's concert announced they were cancelling the show, scheduled for Thursday, citing inability to provide adequate security for such a mass audience.

"Unfortunately, we are forced to announce that Neil Young and Crazy Horse's concert scheduled for this Thursday in Park Hayarkon has been canceled, in light of the rocket attacks of the recent days and concern for the security of the audience at an event with so many people," promoter Shuki Weiss said in a statement.

Young, whose concert was initially announced in January, had resisted calls to boycott Israel. As late as last Friday, Weiss had said the concert would "happen as planned," according to Music Times.

The next musical acts in danger of canceling are Paul Anka, slated to perform July 24, and the Backstreet Boys, scheduled to play three concerts in Ra'anana July 29-31.

Later this summer, Megadeth (August 6), Lana Del Rey (August 20) and Lady Gaga (September 13) are also due to play in Israel.

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