Kosheen Pull Concert After Protests

British band KOSHEEN was forced to cancel their Saturday (03Nov07) concert in Belgrade, Serbia, after locals accused the rockers of "insulting" the venue's history by performing at the former Nazi death camp. The trio were scheduled to play a gig at the Staro Sajmiste - but the concert was pulled after protests by the international Jewish human rights organisation, The Simon Wiesenthal Center. On Friday (02Nov07), the organisation's director, Efraim Zuroff, said the concert would have taken place where "tens of thousands of Serbs, Jews, Roma and Croats were killed during World War Two." He added, "A concert at this site would be an insult to the victims and memories of them." Following Zuroff's comments, Kosheen cancelled the gig and posted an apology on their official website. The statement reads: "Kosheen have been distressed and sorry to learn in past few days, of Poseidon Hall's, Belgrade former use. "If Kosheen had known it's true history, they would never have agreed to play the venue, and as such Kosheen have canceled their show there... "Kosheen would like to thank the fans that brought this to their attention, and apologise to anyone upset by the proposed show and to our fans who have bought tickets to see us."


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Kosheen concert in Belgrade Sat 3 November 2007 cancelled"Kosheen have been distressed and sorry to learn in past few days, of Poseidon Hall's, Belgrade former use. If Kosheen had known it's true history, they would never have agreed to play the venue, and as such Kosheen have canceled their show there.They have been trying to reschedule the show into another venue in Belgrade, since they were made aware of the controversy surrounding the Hall, but couldn't at short notice, and now hope to re-schedule the gig in another venue in the near future.Kosheen would like to thank the fans that brought this to their attention, and apologise to anyone upset by the proposed show and to our fans who have bought tickets to see us"http://www.kosheen.com/news/?id=629sat 3pm 3rd November 2007-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Date: Tue, 06 Nov 2007 13:46:48 +0100From: Federation of Jewish Communities in Serbia and MontenegroSubject: Cancelling of the concert in BelgradeDear Mr. Kosh,From the Serbian media we have learned that you have cancelled your performance in the Posejdon hall at Sajmiste.We highly appreciate your decision and fully understabnd the situation in which you were brought without your knowledge.Let us express our gratitude for such a decision which reflects your high conciousness and reverence toward the victims (of Serbian, Roma and Jewish origin) of this former infamous camp in Serbia.Hoping to listen to you in the near future in some other more appropriate space in Belgrade,With best regards and respect,Sincerely,President,Aleksandar Necak
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