From appearances on SNL to songs featured in JoyMusic star Bruno Mars has proven to be a lucrative venture in pop culture. His years in the music industry, mixing genres from Motown to funk, even earned him a spot as one of the few to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show. But all those accolades and successes — and even being eliminated from the Grammys with his group Silk Sonic — couldn’t prepare him for an unprecedented event.
The singer is currently traveling through the Middle East on his 2023 tour before returning to the US and then Japan. Mars is an experienced entertainer who is probably used to such extravagant jet setting. But at the moment the fate of his tour is uncertain. After a night in Tel Aviv, his subsequent tour dates in the city were canceled for a shocking reason.
Bruno Mars’ concert dates were canceled in light of the sudden Hamas attack on Israel
In a sudden move that has shocked the world, the second night of Mars in Israel was canceled after an unexpected outbreak of violence. Hamas, a Palestinian militant organization, fired rockets from Gaza into Israeli territory on Saturday, October 7. Explosions were heard in both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem as the long-running conflict escalated. CNN reported that the number of rockets fired was about 2,200, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu viewed this as a declaration of war. In addition, groups from the Gaza Strip have been reported to have crossed the border into Israel by land, air and sea.
Israel responded to the first attack with attacks of its own. In retaliation, Israeli forces resulted in the deaths of 232 Palestinians. CNN continues live coverage as the conflict continues.
Live Nation immediately canceled Mars’ following show and assured fans that their tickets would be refunded via their credit cards. His first show took place on Thursday evening and he shared an Instagram post about the unforgettable experience. But at the time of writing, Mars has received no follow-up on the current unrest in Israel.
Civilians in the area were sent to underground shelters, but it was not confirmed whether Mars was among them or whether he managed to escape the country. Fans have added messages of support to the artist’s social media and prayed for the safe return of Mars and the rest of his tour mates.