Costello earns praise, criticism for Israel concert cancelations

– Elvis Costello is setting off sparks for his decision to cancel two concerts in Israel. Costello wrote on his website that in light of the nation’s treatment of Palestinians, the decision was a “matter of conscience.” Sarah Colborne of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign told the Guardian, “We are increasingly seeing artists taking a stand against allowing themselves to be used by the Israeli state to normalize their occupation and apartheid policies against Palestinians.” Meanwhile, Israeli journalist Ariana Melamed criticized Costello for canceling his performances after tickets had already been sold, saying “The belated discovery of the local reality shows that [Costello and other Israel boycotters] actually have no ongoing interest in the state of human rights around here, but rather, a momentary interest in a politically correct label… After all, the occupation and oppression did not start all of a sudden, exactly in the period between the start of ticket sales and the show, right?”

– Axl Rose is suing his former manager Irving Azoff for $5 million, claiming that the supermanager attempted to sabotage Guns N’ Roses’ “Chinese Democracy,” the band’s first album in 14 years. Rose’s sprawling lawsuit portrays the heavyweight Azoff– who chairs Live Nation and manages The Eagles, Christina Aguilera and others– as a craven tyrant bent on ruining Axl’s career. Good stuff! Naturally, the suit is a response to Azoff’s claim that Rose owes him nearly two million doll… >>>

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