Dispelling rumors that singer Lenny Kravitz may have canceled his planned October 6 Tel Aviv show due to political reasons or poor ticket sales, producer Gad Oron told The Times of Israel that a total of 10 September and October shows — in Russia, the Ukraine, Finland, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia and Turkey — were canceled because of Kravitz’s extended filming schedule.
“In my 38 years in this business, I’ve never canceled because of poor ticket sales, and we sold more than 50% [of the tickets] seven weeks before show day,” said Oron in an email.
The singer/actor is currently filming “The Butler” in New Orleans, with Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whitaker, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Mariah Carey and Pernell Walker. The film tells the story of a butler (Whitaker) who serves eight presidents over the course of three decades working in the White House.
Production on the film was extended into the fall and Kravitz is required to stay in the US to finish his shooting commitments, Oron explained.
Kravitz said he will play Tel Aviv in 2013, and posted on his Facebook page that ending his “Black and White America” world tour in Israel would have been “extremely meaningful” to him, and that he was “personally disappointed.” He had also been planning on spending some time in Israel after the concert.
Ticket holders can receive a full refund or keep their ticket for the 2013 rescheduled concert.