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Costello earns praise, criticism for Israel concert cancelations; Axl Rose sues manager; 9:30 Club hosts benefit

costello.jpgCostello garners mixed reactions for canceling concerts in Israel. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

By Ally Schweitzer

- 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 dollars in concert revenue.

- On Sunday, the 9:30 club will host SoundBites, a benefit for the D.C. Central Kitchen. The event promises food from 18 local restaurants and DJ sets from Will Eastman, the Fatback team, Bluebrain and others. Tickets are $30 from Ticketfly.

By Ally Schweitzer  |  May 20, 2010; 9:00 AM ET
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Axl Rose, Elvis Costello  
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Declan Haun, oops, I mean Elvis Costello, is just another no-talent ignorant putz.

Posted by: remy_rommel | May 21, 2010 12:09 AM | Report abuse

your right! Costello is a no talent jerk. Israel doesn't need 2nd rate talent to come to her shores. I wouldn't waste my time or money on the likes of him!!!!!!!!!!
If he is so in love with haters and terrorists, then let him go live with them!!

Posted by: gavriella46 | May 21, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

I am a huge fan of Elvis Costello and am heartbroken to hear that I
will not be able to see his show. If in fact the reason that he
canceled his show in Israel is mistreatment of the Palestinians in
the name of national security, than it would be consistent to cancel
his shows in the U.S., Britain and other NATO countries. In the name
of national security these counties (mainly the U.S) are responsible
for the deaths of at least 30,000 civilians in Afghanistan alone
(this does not even include up to 1,000,000 deaths in Iraq.
Obviously, the Jewish State is once again held to a different set of
standards, than those applied to the U.S. or Elvis' own county. This
is a hypocritical decision to say the least. What a shame.

Posted by: KgZNsaaW | May 22, 2010 7:08 AM | Report abuse

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