From a statement by Costello on his cancellation, the rock singer explained:
"One lives in hope that music is more than mere noise, filling up idle time, whether intending to elate or lament. Then there are occasions when merely having your name added to a concert schedule may be interpreted as a political act that resonates more than anything that might be sung and it may be assumed that one has no mind for the suffering of the innocent."
I didn't know that performing in a city, state or country meant you endorse all their politics. How in the world can Costello perform anywhere in the world unless he feels supportive of the local or national political situation? Why do rock performers feel their musical presence at a specific venue endorses local politics?
Would Costello perform in the Gaza? According to him, wouldn't he be interpreted as supporting the terrorist regime of Hamas or Hizobolah?
Come on! Rock stars and celebrities take themselves too seriously and should just shut up about their political views and just perform. They can do whatever they want in their personal lives politically. However, to start using their concerts as a political platform is another story.
Costello went on in his statement on the concert cancellation:
I must believe that the audience for the coming concerts would have contained many people who question the policies of their government on settlement and deplore conditions that visit intimidation, humiliation or much worse on Palestinian civilians in the name of national security.
Isn't that the problem of the audience and not that of the performer? Are we to take the view that the Lakers are supportive of Arizona's stand against illegal immigration just because the NBA team is playing the Phoenix Suns in Arizona? If so, they should not play in Arizona since the city they represent (Los Angeles) declared a boycott against the state.
To be fair to Costello, he did mention the Palestinians are responsible for "many despicable acts of violence perpetrated in the name of liberation (italics mine)." In the name of liberation? Or is it in the name of the destruction of Israel which is a more accurate reflection of the beliefs of Hamas? Costello may sound erudite in his statements, but he knows very little about the history of the Israel/Palestinian conflict.
Elvis, you take your job as a rock singer much too seriously. Not many people attend your concerts because of your political views. They want to hear you sing!
An article in the Jewish Journal mention other rock groups like Santana and Gil-Scott Heron who have followed suit and cancelled their summer concerts in protest and due to pressure from pro-Palestinian groups.
If Carlos Santana cancels a concert due to pro-Palestinian pressure, doesn't that mean he sympathizes with their perspective and animosity towards Israel? Why doesn't he stand up to these pro-Palestinian terrorist forces and tell them, he's come to Israel to sing "Black Magic Woman," and not to cave into Palestinian "black magic" propaganda against Israel.
Speaking of women, why doesn't Carlos, a peace-loving man, refuse to play at venues in the Middle East where women are treated like dogs? Perhaps if Carlos saw a film like The Stoning of Soraya M he'd understand how women are denigrated in the Middle East mainly in the Islamic culture.
So what do we do in response? I am not an Elvis Costello fan. If you are, and you are supportive of Israel, I would encourage you to return his protest against Israel with one of your own-don't attend his concerts or buy his CDs. I am an avid Santana fan, but I will not attend their concerts or buy their products since they took a stance against Israel by submitting to Palestinian pressure.
Somebody needs to get to Costello, Carlos and Gil Scott-Heron and tell them to stick to the music.