I remain somewhat baffled (though I really shouldn't be) that so many artists who imagine themselves as thoughtful, critical, daring and in the Avant-Garde are in fact little more than deeply insecure people who so crave the approval of their cliques, that they are completely averse to express any opinion outside the approved theme of the moment.
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) - A concert by Elton John has given Israelis a boost after a string of cancellations by other world-famous artists.
The British rocker performed late Thursday in front of a screaming crowd of nearly 50,000 fans at a Tel Aviv stadium.
John, who wore blue-tinted sunglasses, told the audience those cancellations "ain't gonna stop me from playing here, baby."
Recent cancellations by the Pixies and Elvis Costello, who cited Israeli government policies, have added to Israel's growing sense of isolation.
John swiped at those artists, saying, "We do not cherry-pick our consciences," before hitting the opening chords of his 1972 hit "Crocodile Rock."