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    Mon, 21 Jun 2010 10:13:43

    Elton John Plays in Tel Aviv, Despite Pressure to Cancel - Other artists have cancelled gigs thanks to Palestinian activists

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    • Elton John - LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 19: (GLOBAL MAGAZINES AND THEIR ONLINE EDITIONS OUT.) Sir Elton John (C) attends The Hoping Foundation's 'Starry Starry Night' Benefit Evening for Palestinian Refugee Children at Cafe de Paris on June 19, 2014 in London, England.
    • Elton John - LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 19: (GLOBAL MAGAZINES AND THEIR ONLINE EDITIONS OUT) (L to R) Bella Freud, Sir Elton John and Karma Nabulsi attend The Hoping Foundation's 'Starry Starry Night' Benefit Evening for Palestinian Refugee Children at Cafe de Paris on June 19, 2014 in London, England.

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    For Elton John, the show must go on. The singer/pianist, who criticized when he was paid big bucks to perform at Rush Limbaugh's nuptials, since the portly pundit is an open opponent of gay marriage and John is as gay as three dollar bill, nixed pressure from Palestinian activists to cancel a gig in Tel Aviv on Thursday night. Other artists are boycotting Israel for political reasons, but John held fast, performing in front of 50,000 fans.

    Artists like Elvis Costello, Santana, the Pixies and Devendra Banhart have cancelled gigs in Israel over the past few weeks due to some political unrest. Elton, however, said, "Musicians spread love and peace, and bring people together. That's what we do. "We don't cherry-pick our conscience." But Costello said he had to cancel a planned June 30 show over "instinct and conscience." Hey, to each his own, right?

    Do you think John should have boycotted Israel? Or should artists just do their thing and not let their art get too political? And lastly, who would win in a fight: John or Costello?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    06.21.10




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