Megadeth Forced To Axe Tel Aviv Gig After All

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August 5, 2014 | 3:11pm EST

Heavy rockers Megadeth have been forced to scrap plans to press ahead with their concert in Tel Aviv, Israel on Wednesday due to safety concerns as the violence in the Middle East continues to rise.
Frontman Dave Mustaine recently made it known that he was determined to honor the band’s commitment to fans in Israel, defiantly insisting he’s “not a politician, but a musician”, and adding, “At the end of the day, I don’t take s**t from anybody” as he vowed to perform as scheduled.
However, late on Monday, management officials announced they have since decided to cancel the show at the Tel Aviv Exhibition Center as the Israeli/Palestinian conflict rumbles on.
A statement posted on Megadeth’s website reads: “Due to an inability to confirm the guaranteed passage of the band and their gear into Tel Aviv in time for the show, the upcoming Megadeth concert, scheduled for Wednesday, August 6, 2014, has been canceled.
“The band was looking forward to this concert and is disappointed they will not be able to put on the show for their fans, but expects to return to Tel Aviv on their next international tour.”
Megadeth are the latest musicians to pull live dates in Israel due to the political unrest – Cee Lo Green’s show in Jerusalem on 19 August has also been axed, in addition to gigs by Neil Young, Backstreet Boys and Paul Anka.