Johnny Rotten keeping Tel Aviv gig, despite hate mail


(JTA) — Johnny "Rotten” Lydon, the former Sex Pistols front man, will not cancel his Aug. 31 show in Tel Aviv despite receiving hate mail.

In his announcement Tuesday on on BBC 6 Music News, Lydon said he would not let “the political powers-that-be” dictate his audience.

Other performers, including Carlos Santana, Elivs Costello, The Pixies, The Klaxons, The Gorillaz, Dvendra Banhart and Gil Scott-Heron, have canceled performances in Israel.

Lydon said he would ignore the hate mail and stir up trouble musically.

“I’m anti-government … and I shall be making that loud and clearly proud once I’m in Israel,” Lydon told the BBC.

Pro-Palestinian activists are planning to picket Lydon’s July 11 show in Bristol, England, to protest his Tel Aviv show.

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