As Operation Protective Edge continued in the Gaza Strip, the Backstreet Boys on Sunday canceled their much-anticipated shows in Israel, adding that they had been “postponed” but not specifying new dates.
The band had originally planned to play just one show in Israel, on July 29, but added two more concerts, on July 30 and 31, after tickets to the first one were snapped up in under two hours.
All three shows were scheduled to take place at the Ra’anana amphitheater. Tickets were priced between NIS 269 ($77) and NIS 995 ($287).
But on Sunday morning, the band posted on its official Facebook page that the shows would be postponed, dashing their fans’ hopes that the Boys would play as planned.
Rocket sirens have sounded in Ra’anana, north of Tel Aviv, several times since fighting began, but the city has not been hit.
Quoting a song by the band, “I Want It That Way,” one disappointed fan commented, “Tell me why.” Another quipped, “I don’t want it that way.”
The Boys, Howie Dorough, A.J. McLean, Brian Littrell, Nick Carter and Kevin Richardson, are celebrating 21 years together with a world tour, and recently released a new album, “In A World Like This.”
The Backstreet Boys began in performing in Florida in 1993 and went on to become one the biggest boy bands of the decade. From 2001 to 2003 the band went through a breakup but then got back together in 2005.
Earlier in the month, Neil Young’s scheduled concert was canceled by the show’s promoter and the Tel Aviv Municipality. The singer said he would instead donate money to “two organizations that teach music to Palestinian and Israeli youth simultaneously by enabling them to play music together.”
Stuart Winer and Jessica Steinberg contributed to this report.