Backstreet Boys Postpone First-Ever Shows in Israel Due to Mideast Violence

PHOTO: AJ McLean, Kevin Richardson, Brian Littrell and Nick Carter of The Backstreet Boys perform on stage at Hyde Park in London, England on July 6, 2014.

The Backstreet Boys were due to play three sold-out shows this month in Israel, but they recently postponed those concerts due to the ongoing violence in the region.

The band was slated to perform at the Raanana Amphitheater near Tel Aviv on July 29, 30 and 31.

"Due to the security situation, we regret to announce that the BSB shows planned for July 29-30-31 at Ra'anana Amphitheater have been postponed," read a statement on the bands website. "To assure the safety of the audience in the events, we will schedule new dates during spring 2015."

In a message to fans, the group said, "This is a major disappointment for the band and fans as this was to be our first visit to Israel and we looked forward to meeting our fans. We're already working with the producers on new dates during Spring 2015 and will notify everyone about this as soon as possible. Sending lots of love to everyone."

Rock legends Neil Young & Crazy Horse and singer Paul Anka have also canceled shows in Israel recently.

Lady Gaga is scheduled to perform in the country in September.

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