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Eric Burdon scraps Israel show following threats

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Jul 24, 2013 | 5:21am EDT

Rocker Eric Burdon has pulled out of an upcoming concert in Israel after allegedly receiving a barrage of threats. The former The Animals frontman was set to perform alongside Israeli band Tislam at the Zappa Shuni Amphitheater in Binyamina on 1 August (13), but cancelled his plans on Tuesday (23Jul13). A representative for Burdon says, "We are under increasing pressure, including many threatening emails that we are receiving on a daily basis. I wouldn't want to put Eric in any danger." Members of Tislam responded to the cancellation in a statement, which reads, "To appear with Eric Burdon, one of the founding fathers of rock & roll, was an almost dream come true. We're sorry that despite his personal assurance to us, that he bowed to pressure and cancelled his concert." The threats have reportedly from anti-Israel activists who oppose the government's alleged mistreatment of Palestinians. A number of performers including Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello, Santana and The Pixies have scrapped shows in Israel in recent years due to pressures from anti-Israel groups. Alicia Keys broke the mould earlier this year (13) by refusing to cancel her sold-out concert in Tel-Aviv.

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