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Middle Eastern metal band Orphaned Land has been forced to back out of the June 25 Istanbul metal music festival Sonisphere, after the company responsible for the festival’s security announced that it couldn’t guarantee the band’s safety because of the deterioration in relations between Israel and Turkey following the Gaza flotilla incident.
The veteran Israeli band, which combines Jewish and Arab musical motifs
amid their musical onslaught, has many fans in the Arab world according
to its Web site. It opened for Metallica at Ramat Gan Stadium last
month, and was going to do the same at Sonisphere, which is also
featuring Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax.
Calling Turkey its second home, the band said in a statement on its Web
site on Monday that while it didn’t agree with the decision to pull it
from the lineup, it understood and respected the situation of not
wanting to put other bands at risk.
“You have to know that we feel safe and we 100 percent wanted to come
despite all, to play for the purpose of peace, friendship and
brotherhood of our nations... We promise you all that we will make the
maximum efforts to schedule new dates in Turkey very soon. We personally
feel safe; we don’t need any kind of security, surrounded by all of you
makes us safe,” the band wrote.