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Andy McKee Cancels Concerts in Israel

May 12, 2011
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Andy McKee has canceled performing in Israel.  McKee's statement was released on the official website.  PACBI welcomes any cancellation to perform in Israel regardless of the stated reasons.  The statement reads: Hey guys. Well I’ve got some bad news, the shows this summer in Israel are canceled. I absolutely hate to have to say those words to you all as I know many of you have been waiting many months, or even years to come to a show.

Andy McKee has canceled performing in Israel.  McKee's statement was released on the official website.  PACBI welcomes any cancellation to perform in Israel regardless of the stated reasons.  The statement reads:

Hey guys. Well I’ve got some bad news, the shows this summer in Israel are canceled. I absolutely hate to have to say those words to you all as I know many of you have been waiting many months, or even years to come to a show. Over the last week on tour, I’ve come to realize that I can not be away from home for a month or more at a time with my new son back at home. The maximum is probably more like less than 3 weeks. Right now I am scheduled for a full month of touring in June so I’ve had to shorten my away time from home. The rest of 2011 is pretty relaxed compared to the first half, so no other dates should be affected but of course I will let you know immediately if anything else changes. Additionally, I try to always be transparent with you guys so I should also say that at least part of the decision to cancel the shows also concerns the stability of the region. I’m becoming more aware that I am very sensitive (perhaps a character flaw) to traveling to areas that are in turmoil or that are facing geo-political threats and other discord. My booking agents arrange shows up to a year in advance and I commit to shows at that time. However, if things come up that give me reason to be uncomfortable performing in a region (the bus attack in Jerusalem last march, the Fatah-Hamas pact and Netanyahu’s labeling it a “victory for terrorism”, the 48 rocket attacks on the Gaza Strip so far this year) than I won’t be performing there until peace and acceptance are the norm. I am very sorry if this impacts you. You have every right to be upset, but I hope this explanation helps in some small way. This decision is entirely my own and was made only after much thought and discussion with my immediate and extended family. With sincerest apologies,

Andy McKee

http://www.andymckee.com/news/attention-to-my-israeli-fans-and-friends-important-announcement-concerning-the-june-concerts/
http://pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=1597

May 12, 2011
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