Elvis Costello Cancels Israel Trip

Published: May 18th 2010
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Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello announced on his website that he will no longer be performing in Israel this summer. The artist stated that the sensitive political issues occurring in the region weighed heavily on his decision.


Dated May 15, Costello wrote on his website, “Then there are occasions when merely having your name added to a concert schedule may be interpreted as a political act that resonates more than anything that might be sung and it may be assumed that one has no mind for the suffering of the innocent.”


Costello was scheduled to perform on June 30th and July 1st. Both concerts have been cancelled. The June 30th show was already sold out and tickets for the second date were running out fast as well.


In response to his announcement, Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livant told Ynetnews that “an artist boycotting his fans in Israel is unworthy of performing here.”


The British artist apologized to his fans in the statement. Costello also said that he understands his decision might lead to unfavourable views from the Jewish state, but remains hopeful about its future. He said, “I cannot imagine receiving another invitation to perform in Israel, which is a matter of regret but I can imagine a better time when I would not be writing this.” 


Costello is not the first international artist to cancel a trip to Israel. Last January, Carlos Santa called off his concert in Tel Aviv. 

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