|U.S. singer Lana Del Rey performs on the Pyramid Stage on the second day of the Glastonbury Festival of Music and Performing Arts in Somerset, England, June 28. ( AFP)|
Washington (AFP) ― Lana Del Rey has become the latest Western musician to call off a concert in Israel as security fears from the Gaza conflict take a toll on the entertainment industry.
The U.S. pop balladeer, whose latest album “Ultraviolence” debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. charts, had been scheduled to play her first concert in Israel at Tel Aviv’s Nokia Arena on Aug. 20.
But the date was no longer on her website. Her opening act, Iowa-born singer-songwriter Max Jury, tweeted over the weekend that “unfortunately” the show with Del Rey “has been postponed” but that it would be rescheduled.
A representative for Del Rey did not immediately answer a request for comment.
Artists as diverse as folk-rock legend Neil Young, ’90s boys band the Backstreet Boys and thrash metal mainstays Megadeth have all called off shows in Israel due to the deadly conflict with Hamas.
Industry publication Billboard quoted concert promoters as estimating losses of $10 million-$20 million due to cancellations in Israel.