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Pixies set for return to Israel

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Dec 23, 2013 | 10:57am EST

The Pixies are heading back to Israel next summer (14), four years after they axed a concert in Tel Aviv over security fears. The Gigantic hitmakers pulled out of a planned appearance at the Pic.Nic festival back in 2010, following a deadly raid carried out by the country's military forces on a flotilla of ships carrying aid supplies to Palestine. Nine pro-Palestinian activists were killed in the incident, and although the rockers themselves did not specify their reasons for the cancellation, local organisers claimed it was related to the ongoing violence. However, promoters from Israel's Nidar Oz publicity group reveal the Pixies are finally planning to make it up to fans by performing with Soundgarden in Tel Aviv on 17 and 18 June (14). The tour will be the Pixies' first with their new bassist, Argentine/American musician Paz Lenchatin - who became their third in less than six months after recently firing Kim Shattuck, who replaced long-term member Kim Deal in the summer (13). Musicians have been facing increased pressure in recent years to call off shows in Israel due to the continuing conflict with Palestine over the Gaza strip. Rocker Roger Waters has been leading a boycott of Israel and has previously won the support of artists like Stevie Wonder and Elvis Costello, who have both cancelled gigs in the country.

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