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Rockets Force Cancellation of Neil Young Concert in Tel Aviv

July 14, 2014 By:
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Music legend Neil Young performs at the Farm Aid concert in 2010. Photo from Wikimedia.

JERUSALEM — The Neil Young concert scheduled for Tel Aviv was canceled due to the continuing rocket fire on Israel.

The July 17 performance by Neil Young and Crazy Horse at Yarkon Park was canceled Sunday, according to the Shuki Weiss production company, due to “missile attacks in recent days and the fear for the audience’s safety at an event with so many participants.”

It would have been Young’s second performance in Israel; the first was in 1995.

Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters on Thursday released a letter that he wrote to Young in January urging him not to sign a contract to play the Tel Aviv concert. Young reportedly did not respond to the letter.

Meanwhile, Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder on Friday denounced Israel in an expletive-laden tirade during a concert in England.

“I swear to f***ing god, there are people out there who are looking for a reason to kill,” Vedder said. “They’re looking for a reason to go across borders and take over land that doesn’t belong to them.

“They should get the f*** out, and mind their own f***ing business. We don’t want to give them our money. We don’t want to give them our taxes to drop bombs on children.”

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