Disappointing news for Depeche Mode fans: despite the band's willingness to appear in Israel, it has announced Monday the cancellation of its Tel Aviv concert scheduled for August 3rd at Hayarkon Park venue.
Despite the cancellation of the Blond Redhead band, the band's organizer Marek Lieberberg said in a press conference Sunday that Depeche Mode's appearance will only be cancelled if rockets fall on Tel Aviv. Lieberberg told Ynet the band very much wanted to come to Israel and that its manager has family here and a warm and loving relationship with the Israeli community.
The stage and props were set up at the beginning of the week, and fans were eagerly awaiting the concert. It was the technical team however that finally forced the decision to cancel the concert on the entire band.
The British band apologized to fans and asked for their understanding. Organizers said that unfortunately, at present there is no way to reschedule the concert, as this is the end of the Depeche Mode world tour. More than 40,000 ticket holders will get their money back.
"I am full of regret", the concert's producer Shuki Weiss told Ynet, "we made great efforts, but as of yesterday a problem came up with the technical team which developed into the refusal of the entire team to get on a plane and come to Israel", he said.
Weiss added that great efforts to change the band's mind were exerted until the last minute.
"Our image in the world hasn't contributed much to the situation. We can't hold the concert without the technical team; there are several key people without whom we cannot put on the concert. It's difficult for me to digest what we are going through at the moment, and I can't predict how this move is going to affect other artists who have planned to appear in Israel, but it obviously won't do much good."