Sir Elton has sold more than 250 million albums in his 40+year career. Many times more than the all the bands that cancelled their shows in Israel this year put together. Draw your own conclusions. None of the other bands could round up 50,000 people to hear them, anywhere, let alone Israel. This from Haaretz
“Elton John: No one could have stopped me from coming.” Refusing to bow to the pressure of anti-Israel activists, Sir Elton John arrived in Israel on Thursday and performed in front of tens of thousands of Israelis at the Ramat Gan stadium.
About 50,000 fans attended the concert. It was his third career appearance in Israel.
John’s appearance comes on the heels of cancellations by well-known artists such as British rocker Elvis Costello, Carlos Santana and Gil Scott-Heron, reportedly after pressure by pro- Palestinian groups. Following the May 31 interception by Israel of a Gaza-bound flotilla that left 9 passengers dead, other artists cancelled including The Pixies, Klaxons, Gorillaz, and, this week, Dvendra Barnhart.
â€œI have always believed that music inhabits a world set apart from politics, religious differences or prejudice of any kind,â€ John said on his website, defending his decision to appear in Israel.