Gorillaz and the Pixies latest to cancel concert appearances in Israel

pixies-gorillazImage Credit: Jamie Hewlett; Chapman BaehlerTel Aviv’s Pic.Nic festival will have to do without several bands this week, including second-night headliners the Pixies, Billboard reports. A rep for the iconic alt-rock foursome provide EW with the following statement:

It is with great regret that we announce today of the Pixies’ decision to cancel their appearance on June 5 in Israel at this time.

The decision was not reached easily, and we all know well the Israeli fans have been waiting for this visit for far too long.

We’d like to extend our deepest apologies to the fans, but events beyond all our control have conspired against us. We can only hope for better days, in which we will finally present the long awaited visit of the Pixies in Israel.

The band did not specifically acknowledge last Monday’s Israeli commando naval raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship, which resulted in nine deaths and sparked a significant global outcry, though Billboard says the festival’s organizers have acknowledged that the band’s decision is related to those events.

Damon Albarn’s virtual band of cartoon misfits Gorillaz also pulled out of the event, as did UK nu-rave outfit Klaxons. Upcoming concert appearances in Tel Aviv from the likes of Elton John, Jethro Tull, DJ Shadow and Mike Patton are still scheduled to go on as planned.

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  • taco

    truth is, they cancled bc no one bought tickets

    • crispy

      Correct, who really cares about any of these groups that pulled out? Now had this been Justin Bieber pulling out at the last moment I see that place self-destructing! But he would never go there in the first place he is to awesome, loved and popular to risk going to a place like that!

      • pseudokowski

        Crispy was most likely Diapers when The Pixies were 1st on the scene..listen to your samples you wanker!

      • pseudokowski

        Justin Beiber lol poser emo crap!

      • strykr187

        I wish the place would self destruct with beiber still in the building. whatadouche

  • nodnarb

    LOL! I was just about to say, “Get Elton John! He’ll perform anywhere for money” until I read the last line.

    • nosirrah

      lol
      I was thinking the exact same thing Brandon!

  • Zoey

    It still has to suck for fans in Israel that these bands pulled out.

    • Rema

      It has to suck for all of the Palestinian families that Israelis are murdering actually..

      • janis

        Surprised you let this remark be published – it is a misleading slanderous lie – what about the other side of the story? Don’t the Israeli children harmed by Hamas missles deserve mention?

      • rj

        Yeah Janis! The Pixies can stay in Boston! Rema you need to learn something… the word Hamas means violence look it up, and Israel will be protected and treated fairly in the end!

      • letitbe

        I smell death threats. You know, from arab terror – i mean peace – organizations.
        Dope knowing that shadow’s coming though.

      • pseudokowski

        rj Go to Isreal/stay off free thinking forums! The USA made a mistake backing your mentality…

      • strykr187

        screw the entire middle east. morons! those people have existed there for a thousand years and still haven’t managed more than huts and holy war for progress.

  • Nathan

    The Klaxons are doing Israel a favor by pulling out, they suuuuuuuuuck.

  • xmax

    Dozens of masked men have broken into a UN-run Gaza summer camp for children and set it on fire, after beating up the guard and destroying the plastic tents.
    The men blocked Gaza Strip’s main coastal highway on Sunday before destroying the facility, one of the largest of several summer camps across the occupied Palestinian territory run by UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

  • brandon55

    google “dancing israelis 9/11″ these people are our biggest threat. no american should ever visit that third world toilet called israel

    • brandonfool666

      google “islamic terror” and “anti-semitism” YOU are the biggest threat

      • Venz

        You are a moron, Palestinians themselves are Semitic people. This is a power struggle over land. Your and the other idiots are programmed to use the the anti semitic excuse for every criticism of israel. It wouldn’t have mattered if Palestinians practiced any other religion. Historically Jews and musli
        s have great relations. But you wouldn’t know that . Uneducated fool. It’s about Zionism. Google? Is that where u get educated? Moron.

  • Mike

    Gorillaz were never booked there, so they couldn’t have pulled out. It was a cover band called Gorillaz Sound System.

  • Dillhole

    Well, I had planned to buy a Gorillaz CD, but since they’re boycotting Israel, I think I’ll boycott Gorillaz.

  • no israel

    This is the Zionist terrorism
    There is no state called Israel. State of thieves called Israel a basis of the displacement and killing of Innocent nation of thieves basis bloodshed and war And the arrest of people for tens of years to prevent him from claiming The right to life . basis steal the land of the Palestinian people And then steal the land of the Arab-Muslim the entire .State of the thieves do not know the law ….. Does not recognize the law of the United Nations, a state that considers itself above the law . the law is the siege of Gaza And the bloodshed and destruction of houses and killing innocent people and occupying the country This is a country named Israel thieves.This is the Zionist terrorism

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