"This is a major disappointment for the band and fans," the group said

By Jeff Nelson
Updated July 21, 2014 12:45 PM
Credit: Dave J Hogan/Getty

Backstreet’s back – just not in Israel.

Following an escalation of violence in Israel, the Backstreet Boys are pulling out of three scheduled concerts “due to the security situation,” the group announced on its website Sunday.

“Our dear BSB fans, We are very sorry to inform you that the BSB concerts planned for July 29-30-31 at the Raanana Amphitheater have been postponed,” the boy band‘s statement reads. “This is a major disappointment for the band and fans as this was to be our first visit to Israel and we looked forward to meeting our fans. We’re already working with the producers on new dates during Spring 2015 and will notify everyone about this as soon as possible. Sending lots of love to everyone.”

The Backstreet Boys – Howie Dorough, A.J. McLean, Kevin Richardson, Brian Littrell and Nick Carter – aren’t the first American act to drop out due to the violence in the Middle East. Folk rock band America, as well as jazz musicians Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke, recently pulled out of their scheduled appearances.

Other artists, including Lady Gaga, Lana Del Rey, CeeLo Green and Tony Bennett, are still scheduled to perform in Israel in the coming months.

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