Last week there was a rumor surrounding the upcoming performance of Latin-American rock guitar god, Carlos Santana. The show at Bloomfield Stadium in Jaffa was postponed, but as to a new date and a reason why, fans were left tripped out.
Santana was being brought by producer, Shuki Weiss. A few thousand tickets had already been sold to the show. The Israeli production company was even considering adding another show.
Much to our dismay, it became clear today that the show has been cancelled.
“Our clarifications revealed that he received messages from anti-Israel figures who pressured him to cancel the performance. Of course, no one there claimed that any connection between these pressures and the show’s cancellation, but we are certain there is a very close connection,”
said a production company representative.
Pressures placed on artists from abroad performing in Israel by anti-Israeli groups and individuals is not a new phenomenon. Paul McCartney, leading up to his concert in September 2008, was given the shpeel as was Leonard Cohen before his show at Bar Ilan University this past summer. Both of these artists however decided to perform in Israel.
Israel’s music industry is praying that Santana’s cancellation does not create a chain reaction. Elton John, Rod Stewart, Rihanna, and The Pixies are all slated to perform in Israel over the summer.
Producer Shuki Weiss gave this response:
“We have been aware for a few days of the difficulties that arose in everything surrounding the production of Santana’s concert in Israel. We apologize to the thousands of ticket holders and hope that they will continue to attend and enjoy the other cultural shows slated to arrive in Israel throughout 2010.”
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Santana Management Michael Vrionis said in an official statement:
“We are sorry that our schedule has forced the postponement of certain dates previously scheduled.”