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."