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British rock band the Editors, who were scheduled to perform with the Pixies at the Picnic Festival in Tel Aviv, arrived in Israel despite the show’s cancellation, and played before 1,000 fans Wednesday night at the Barbie Club.
On the band’s Web site Thursday, front man Tom Smith, who shouted out “F*** the Pixies” during the concert, called the performance “one of the most memorable shows of our career” and explained why the band didn’t go along with the Pixies and cancel their visit here.
“When the Pixies cancelled their headlining performance, we talked long
and hard about if it was the ‘right thing’ for us to still go or not,
as we did when we initially got the offer for the show all those months
ago. But the simple fact is we do not believe that playing a show in a
country is an endorsement of its government. For example, our shows in
Northern America during the Bush administration did not mean we were
comfortable with the invasion of Iraq,” he wrote.
“Sure, given the recent events and the way Israel and the whole of the
Middle East are discussed and viewed through the Western media, it
would have been the easier thing to do for us to cancel, to forget
about it and wait until Israel is out of the news again,” he wrote.
“Tonight we played one of the most memorable shows of our career, 1,004
people singing their hearts out, 1,004 people who hope for peace and
resolve wherever the troubles may be, be it on the door step or the
other side of the world.