SARAJEVO (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Iggy Pop and the Stooges have backed out of a scheduled October 1st Sarajevo appearance, citing security concerns after a spate violence rocked Sarajevo last week.
"The concert is cancelled," promoter Rajko Bogdanovi told Reuters "The main reason lies in negative images that went out of Sarajevo in the past days."
Most of the violence centered on Sarajevo's first gay festival. The event was forced to close early after a squad approximately 70 hooded men arrived, shouting Islamic slogans and attacking visitors on the event's opening night. Eight festival attendees were left injured in the wake of the attacks.
Still more violence in the Balkan city centered around a clash between two rival soccer clubs that left several people in the hospital and considerable damage to cars and buses in the vicinity.
The October 1st concert at the Olympic Hall Zetra would have been the punk icon's first concert in the city in his 4 decade career.
"Sarajevo is still on the list of the world high-risk places," Bogdanovic said. He went on to note that ticket sales for the Stooges had been less than stellar – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers