Soft Cell's Marc Almond cancels Israel show

The singer said the local concert promoter breached the contract.

Soft Cell singer Marc Almond (photo credit: COURTESY PR)
Soft Cell singer Marc Almond
(photo credit: COURTESY PR)
Singer Marc Almond – half of the 80s pop duo Soft Cell – has canceled his upcoming show in Israel. The performer, who was slated to play in Caesarea on August 14, said he was forced to cancel because of “breach of contract.”
“It is with deep, deep regret to my fans in Israel that my management have been forced to cancel the show on Tuesday 14 August due to the breach of contract from the promoter,” Almond wrote on Facebook on Sunday morning. “It is with the heaviest heart because I know my fans there have been so supportive and this is the second time my management have had to cancel.”
The singer said in addition to payment disagreements, “I was not prepared to let the group Tattoo perform as my support in their current line up.”
The Jerusalem Post reported in April the historic reunion of Israeli rock group Tattoo was slated to include all its original members, including Yuval Messner, who served a jail sentence in the late 1980s for rape of a minor.
Concerto, the production company responsible for the show, did not respond to a request for comment.
Almond was slated to perform in Israel in 2011, but also canceled the show just days in advance. At the time, he said he “would like to make it absolutely clear that this is not for any political reason.”
Reports at the time said he canceled over low ticket sales.
Soft Cell were behind the smash 80s hit “Tainted Love,” as well as “Torch,” “Say Hello, Wave Goodbye,” and “What!”