Jello Biafra, the outpsoken frontman for San Francisco 1970s punk anarchists The Dead Kennedys, has canceled a Tel Aviv show scheduled for Saturday night at the Barbie Club with his new band, the Guantanamo School of Medicine.
Biafra, best know for his scathing punk era hit, "Holiday in Cambodia" from The Dead Kennedys' 1978 debut album Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, issued a statement saying that he was not boycotting Israel and that he was still coming to the country himself over the weekend.
"I am going to Israel and Palestine to check things out myself and may yet conclude that playing for people in the belly of the beast was the right thing to do in the first place," he wrote. "The toll and stress on the band members and myself has been huge, both logistically and as a matter of conscience. I can't drag anyone any further into rough waters without being better prepared than some of us thought we were."