Veteran US pop heroes the Backstreet Boys have bowed out of their three sold-out shows on July 29, 30 and 31 at the Ra’anana Amphitheater at the end of the month. The former boy band still retains a huge following in Israel, and one show that was announced for July 29 snowballed into three shows in a very short time. However, due to Operation Protective Edge, the band and promoter jointly issued a statement Sunday stating that the shows had been postponed.

A statement in the band’s name said, “We are very sorry to inform you that the BSB concerts planned for July 29-30- 31 at the Ra’anana Amphitheater have been postponed. This is a major disappointment for the band and fans as this was to be our first visit to Israel and we looked forward to meeting our fans. We’re already working with the producers on new dates during spring 2015 and will notify everyone about this as soon as possible.

Sending lots of love to everyone.”

Promoter Tal Sharif confirmed that alternate dates are already being considered for March-April 2015. Tickets to the show will be refunded beginning on Thursday at www.2207.co.il In addition, oldies crooner Paul Anka has canceled his Tel Aviv shows scheduled for July 24 and 26. Anka’s management issued a statement saying that the shows would also be rescheduled once the situation returns to normal.

“Mr. Anka assures you that once the local situation is resolved, he will be there with the latest version of his fantastic performance,” the statement read.

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