Neil Young and Crazy Horse have canceled their July 17th, concert in Tel Aviv Israel’s Hayarkon Park according to Rolling Stone. Although the rock world has been a buzz with Roger Waters following up his very public and one sided plea against the Rolling Stones playing Israel due to the Palestinian plight, with a similar open letter via Facebook to Young; the cancelation of the dates has nothing to do with choosing sides, and is entirely due to the safety concerns. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Reuters the concert was canceled by police "in order not to put people in Gaza rocket range at unnecessary risk."
Neil Young’s representatives issued the following statement regarding the cancelation:
"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."
Young will be donating money to Louise Tillie Alpert Youth Music Centre of Israel and to Heartbeat: "two organizations that teach music to Palestinian and Israeli youth simultaneously by enabling them to play music together."
Neil Young & Crazy Horse perform on Tuesday night (July 15th) in Istanbul, Turkey.
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