Neil Young & Crazy Horse Concert Set for Israel Canceled Due to Security Concerns
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 07.13.2014
Warner Bros. Records confirmed the cancellation...
According to a statement from Warner Bros. Records (via Reuters), Neil Young & Crazy Horse have canceled their concert set for Hayarkon Park in Tel Aviv, Israel on July 17 due to the current security crisis in the region.
A spokesperson for Young said in the statement, "It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness that we must cancel our one and only Israeli concert due to tensions which have rendered the event unsafe at this time. We'll miss the opportunity to play for our fans and look forward to playing in Israel and Palestine in peace."
According to a police spokesman speaking to Reuters, the concert was canceled for security reasons, saying, "in order not to put people in Gaza rocket range at unnecessary risk." Rockets have been fired into Israel by Palestinian militants since July 8.
Young plans on making donations to the Louise Tillie Alpert Youth Music Centre of Israel and Heartbeat, which he says are "two organizations that teach music to Palestinian and Israeli youth simultaneously by enabling them to play music together."