British rock legend Eric Burdon has canceled a scheduled August 1 appearance of
Eric Burdon and The Animals in Israel after receiving threats, his management
“We’ve been receiving mounting pressure, including
numerous threatening emails, daily.
The last thing I intend do is put
Eric in jeopardy,” said a statement released by Burdon’s management. Burdon, 71,
and his reconstituted Animals were scheduled to appear at the Zappa Shoni
Amphitheater on a bill with 1980s local favorites Tislam.
Burdon and the
Animals were one of the most influential bands of the 1960s, with hits like
“House of the Rising Sun,” “It’s My Life” and “We Gotta Get Outta This
Last week Tislam’s Izhar Ashdot and Yair Nitzani met with Burdon
in Vienna ahead of the planned show, and Burdon revealed that he had received a
number of online appeals to cancel his appearance.
According to Ashdot
and Nitzani, Burdon told them, “It’s impossible to prevent music. Everyone needs
music and there’s no connection to current politics. Everyone has the right to
Tislam issued a statement expressing regret over the
cancellation. “To appear with Eric Burdon, one of the founding fathers of rock
& roll, was an almost dream come true. We’re sorry that despite his personal
assurance to us, that he bowed to pressure and cancelled his
The show will take place as scheduled, without Burdon.