Backstreet Boys, Paul Anka scrap Israel shows

The Backstreet Boys canceled three sold-out concerts in Israel due to the Gaza conflict.

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The American pop band posted a message July 20 on its official website announcing the cancellation of the July 29-31 concerts at the Ra’anana Amphitheater “to assure the safety of the audience.” New dates will be scheduled for spring 2015.

“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 message said.

Canadian singer Paul Anka also canceled two concerts set for July 24 and 26 in Tel Aviv. The concerts will be rescheduled “once the local situation is resolved,” according to a statement issued by his representative.

This would have been Anka’s fifth visit to Israel following the success of his previous concerts in the country.

Earlier, the Gaza conflict forced the cancellations of a Neil Young concert in Tel Aviv and a performance by the band America. — jta &