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Ticket Run Prompts ‘Backstreet Boys’ to Add 2nd Israel Show

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TEL AVIV, ISRAEL – After selling out a midsummer performance here in under two hours, the Backstreet Boys’ Israeli promoters have added a second show to satisfy avid fans of the 90’s mega-hit pop stars, Israel’s Channel 2 reported.

Set to appear on July 29 and 30th at Ra’anana’s 8,000-seat Amphipark outdoor bandshell, the 90’s crooners’ Israel shows are part of their current “In A World Like This” tour.

They join a roster of musical a-listers set to play in the Jewish state in coming months, including The Rolling Stones, Justin Timberlake, Neil Young, Lana Del Ray, The Pixies, Megadeath and others.

Pro-Israel groups here and abroad view the string of major performers set to play here over the summer as a ringing defeat for the so-called “Boycott, Divest, Sanction” (BDS) crowd, an international anti-Israel campaign that aims to culturally and economically isolate the Jewish state.

A number of performers have been attacked on social media networks and threatened physically by BDS supporters after announcing upcoming gigs in Israel, due to claims of ill-treatment of Palestinian and Israeli Arabs.

The vocal band, which formed in 1993, has racked up sales of 130 million albums worldwide over the course of seven albums, each of which made Billboard’s top ten list.

Tickets for the Israeli concerts range from 269 to 995 NIS, according to Channel 2.

While the second show is likely to be as big a draw as the premier gig, observant Jewish fans may be disappointed: the performances take place within the nine mourning days before Tisha B’av, a period when traditional Jews do not attend live musical performances.

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