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Santana’s Not Coming: Fans Are Singing the Blues

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.”

Sexist Politics

Ehud Barak is playing hard to get with Tzipi Livni, being the last politician to avoid her so far. But we’ve seen how hard to get he had been with Olmert, despite all his promises to resign the government. (hard as a *****)

Barak at the Pentagon in 1999
Image via Wikipedia

What has suddenly changed? Tzipi will proceed exactly where Olmert left off, and that’s exactly what Barak himself demanded a few months back.

Obviously this is a tactic move, part of the negotiation process — but would we see him similarly avoiding Shaul Mofaz, had the former Chief of Staff were elected Kadima chairman? Probably not. I believe Barak is only doing this because Livni’s a woman, and he thinks it’d be easy to throw her off balance.

Yes, he fits the sexist type.

BTW (Off topic),
Don’t have a ticket to go see Paul McCartney at the park on Thursday? No worries! Channel 10 will broadcast the whole event live!

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Paul McCartney in Israel next week

Paul McCartney — the one and only — will arrive for the first time in Israel next week, for a single and massive performance in Park Ha’Yarkon. It is set to happen September 25, and if you don’t have a ticket yet, you should better hurry.

It is well known that McCartney and the rest of the Beatles were denied permission to perform in Israel back in 1965, when Levi Eshkol was Prime Minister. They were considered to be bad influence of the younger generation, decades before Amy Winehouse and Nine Inch Nails came to our attention.

It has taken 43 years to bring him here, and frankly, I doubt many people are still interested in him and his music. I believe that most of the ticket buyers do it more for the sake of being part of something historic, and less because they’re truly passionate about his music.

Either way, it should be one heck of a show!

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