Veteran rock band The Pixies will play in Israel this summer, four years after canceling a concert in protest of the country’s policies.
The band will headline a two-day festival to take place on June 17-18 at Bloomfield Stadium in Jaffa. The Pixies will play on the 17th.
Soundgarden, another rock band popular in the 1990s, will also headline the concert, playing the next day.
The two bands’ arrival was announced by Shuki Weiss, the producer of the festival, on his Facebook page. No mention of the concert was made as of Sunday evening on the Pixies’ Facebook or Twitter pages.
The Pixies, formed in the Boston area in 1986, pulled out of a planned concert in 2010 after the Mavi Marmara incident, in which Israeli commandos killed nine Turks in a melee aboard a ship that attempted to bust Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip.
The group blamed “events beyond all our control [that] have conspired against us” for its decision to cancel that show. Its withdrawal was one of a number of cancellations as part of a cultural boycott against Israel.
“We can only hope for better days in which we will finally present the long-awaited visit of the Pixies in Israel,” the band said in the statement at the time.
The band has gone through changes since the decision not to come in 2010, with bassist and co-founder Kim Deal leaving and being replaced.
The Pixies influenced leading alternative acts, including Nirvana, Weezer, and Radiohead in the 1990s.
While Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has played Israel twice in the past as a solo act, this will be the band’s first trip to Israel.
Soundgarden, formed in Seattle in 1984, broke up in 1999, with Cornell going on to a successful solo career. The band reformed in 2010.