updated 07/21/2014 AT 12:00 PM ET
•originally published 07/21/2014 AT 12:45 PM ET
Backstreet’s back – just not in Israel.
“Our dear BSB fans, We are very sorry to inform you that the BSB concerts planned for July 29-30-31 at the Raanana Amphitheater have been postponed,” the boy band’s statement reads. “This is a major disappointment for the band and fans as this was to be our first visit to Israel and we looked forward to meeting our fans. We’re already working with the producers on new dates during Spring 2015 and will notify everyone about this as soon as possible. Sending lots of love to everyone.”
The Backstreet Boys – Howie Dorough, A.J. McLean, Kevin Richardson, Brian Littrell and Nick Carter – aren’t the first American act to drop out due to the violence in the Middle East. Folk rock band America, as well as jazz musicians Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke, recently pulled out of their scheduled appearances.