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Singer Rod Stewart returns to Israel for June concert

 

The 72 yr-old British musician returns to Israel for a Tel Aviv concert this June 14th, after having last performed at the Ramat Gan stadium in 2010.
– WATCH his Israeli performance below.

BY SHAWN RODGERS

 

Legendary British rocker Rod Stewart will be returning to Israel on June 14 to perform at Park Hayarkon in Tel Aviv.

The 72-year-old musician last performed in Israel in 2010 at the Ramat Gan stadium.

Rod Stewart Live In Israel (June 2010) – YouTube screenshot

With his distinctive raspy singing voice, Stewart came to prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970s with The Jeff Beck Group (1967-1969) and then Faces. Continue Reading »

#BDSfail: Aerosmith to perform in Israel in May 2017

 

view videoIn what may be Steven Tyler’s final tour as lead singer, the legendary rock band, Aerosmith will perform once again at Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park.

By Raz Shechnik

 

Aerosmith, one of the most successful rock bands in history, has closed on a deal to perform at Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park in May 2017, in what may be the last tour of lead singer Steven Tyler’s career as lead singer of the band.

As reported by Ran Boker and Ami Friedman of Ynet’s sister publication Yedioth Ahronoth, Aerosmith has been in advanced talks in recent months with Israeli producers.

Aerosmith Live in Buenos Aires Elby 2007 - Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Aerosmith Live in Buenos Aires Elby 2007 – Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The final contract was signed in the last few days and an official announcement on ticket sales is expected in the coming days. Continue Reading »

Chemical Brothers, Pharrell Williams and more on their way to Israel

 

view videoAustralian singer Sia, American rapper Pharrell Williams and the electronic duo the Chemical brothers have all announced they will be performing in Israel, not to mention pop sensation Rihanna, has expressed a desire to return.

By Raz Shechnik and Amit Friedman

 

The summer of 2016 is shaping up in terms of musical acts, as performer upon performer begin sending out official confirmations of their shows in Israel.

Sia performing at South by South West in 2008. – Photo: Kris Krug/Wikipedia

First among equals is the Australian Sia, who is due to perform on August 11 at Yarkon Park. Continue Reading »

#BDSfail: Ignoring BDS harassment, musicians are heading to Israel

 

WATCH VIDEO CLIPS:
• May 2: South African duo Die Antwoord will play in Rishon.
• June 8: Alice Cooper will rock out at Bloomfield Stadium.
• June 8: Indie band Real Estate will perform in Tel Aviv.
• August 10: Metal band Symphony X will play in Tel Aviv.

By Ami Friedman

 

There’ll be something for everyone this summer as heavy rock icon Alice Cooper, progressive metal band Symphony X, the rap-rave duo Die Antwoord and rock band Real Estate have all recently announced concerts in Israel.

The first to visit the Holy Land is the New Jersey indie band Real Estate, who will perform at the Barby club in Tel Aviv on May 25. Continue Reading »

The Reasons Top Singers Find It Hard To Perform In Israel

 

To perform in Israel, there’s plenty of obstacles for international artists and bands coming to Israel, including the cancellations of scheduled concerts due to security concerns. 

By Ami Friedman

 

It’s not easy being a music lover in Israel. When the next conflict, or even war, could be just around the corner, the status of an expected concert can be confusing amidst a maelstrom of different reports, rumors, confirmations, and cancellations. 

Even though the past summer was relatively quiet, with the current wave of violence seemingly waiting for Kanye West and Bon Jovi to get off stage before fully erupting, Israeli concert producers don’t exactly have it easy during times of calm either.    Continue Reading »

Jerusalem’s Ultra-Orthodox Jews demonstrate against cinema operating on Shabbat

Capital’s ultra-Orthodox Jews throw stones at police & smash windows, protesting opening of new multiplex movie theater that operates on Shabbat.

By i24news

 

Hundreds of Israeli ultra-Orthodox Jews took to the streets of Jerusalem on Friday evening to protest the opening of a new cinema multiplex that will be open on the Jewish Sabbath.

Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews demonstrate in Jerusalem against cinema opening on Shabbat, Friday August 14

The demonstrators threw stones at police and smashed windows to protest the opening of the “Yes Planet” multiplex cinema complex.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem and throughout Israel often protest against businesses or roads being open during the Jewish Sabbath in their areas as they see this as a desecration of the holy day. Continue Reading »

#BDSfail: After Quiet Visit To Israel, Mariah Carey Announces Concert On August 18

view videoSuperstar pop singer, Mariah Carey announces a few weeks after a quick, private visit to the Holy Land, that she’ll be performing in Rishon LeZion on August 18. 

By Ami Friedman

 

Mariah Carey, one of the most famous pop singers in the world, announced Monday that she will perform in Rishon LeZion’s Live Park on August 18.

Mariah Carey – Photo: Getty Images

 

The announcement came less than a month after Carey’s private visit to Israel, on which she was accompanied by her partner, Australian billionaire James Packer, and her two young twins.

The singer, who has sold more than 200 million records worldwide, is celebrated for her rare five-octave vocal range, and is currently performing a residency in Las Vegas. Continue Reading »

Star of David to be Featured in Miss World Beauty Pageant

 

This year’s Miss Israel, Mor Maman, will be proudly displaying the Star of David on her dress during this year’s Miss World beauty pageant.

By David Lazarus

 

Miss Israel is representing her native country in the international Miss World beauty pageant adorned in a patriotic blue and white gown featuring the Star of David.

Mor Maman, the current Miss Israel - Photo: ynet.co.il

Mor Maman, the current Miss Israel – Photo: ynet.co.il

Mor Maman, the current Miss Israel, is highlighting her pride in her native land of Israel. The bold decision by Miss Maman to appear in a dress depicting the symbol of the State of Israel is intended to make a clear statement to the international community: Israel is alive, well and here to stay!

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Tel Aviv Cocktail Bar voted Best Bar in Africa & Middle East

Israel’s Imperial Craft Cocktail Bar in Tel Aviv was voted the Best Bar in Africa & The Middle East at the World’s 50 Best Bar Awards.

 

Ever wondered where in the Mideast you should go for the perfect Manhattan or the dirtiest Dirty Martini? It turns out that the region’s best bar is hidden away in a small, unassuming hotel in Tel Aviv.

Imperial Craft Cocktail Bar.

Imperial Craft Cocktail Bar. – Photo: Courtesy

On Thursday, the Imperial Craft Cocktail Bar in the Imperial Hotel on the city’s Hayarkon Street, was voted the Best Bar in Africa and The Middle East at the World’s 50 Best Bar Awards. Continue Reading »

Lady Gaga is Israel’s #1 Fan

Superstar Lady Gaga gushes over Israel’s ‘beautiful energy’, saying ‘world view of Israel is just not reality.’

By Moshe Cohen

 

Pop singer Lady Gaga was a fan of Israel before she performed here several weeks ago – and she’s an even bigger fan now, she told the Independent newspaper in London last weekend. Commenting on her recent show, Gaga said that “Tel Aviv was magnificent. The world view of Israel is just not reality. It’s in a beautiful place, the people are in good spirits.”

“I had a very emotional show with those fans. It was wonderful,” she added.

Gaga has been chatting up Israel in several recent interviews, as she continues performing on her European tour. Continue Reading »

Israel’s baseball team wins int’l games to move up in world rankings

Israel’s European winning streak in 2014 advances team to 19th place worldwide in int’l baseball rankings, above South Africa and Great Britain.

By i24news

 

 

Israel has moved up in the most recent International Baseball Federation (IBAF) men’s world rankings, Israeli daily Haaretz reported on Friday.

Israel's baseball team ( Maccabiah/Facebook )

Israel’s baseball team – Maccabiah/Facebook

Israel is now ranked 19th in the world, surpassing several notable countries such as Nicaragua, South Africa and Great Britain.

In order to compile its list of rankings, the IBAF relies on several criteria including results from 2014 baseball events. According to Haaretz, Israel managed to improve its ranking this year due to winning the European Championship C-Pool tournament in Slovenia in July, winning second place in the PONY tournament in Prague, and winning second and third places in the Tuscany Series baseball tournaments in Italy.

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Lady Gaga’s spectacular sci-fi artRAVE concert exhilarates Tel Aviv

 

Gaga displayed her pure manic energy with her strong voice, 20 songs & 7 outfit changes, and along with the dozen dancers, it was more than a ball, it was an extravaganza.

By LAHAV HARKOV

 

If Lady Gaga lives for “Applause,” as she sings, then she got one hell of a life force coming from the crowd in Tel Aviv Saturday night – and the pop star certainly reciprocated.

Lady Gaga with Tony Bennett Israel Concert, 13 Sept 2014, ArtRAVE Live – YouTube Screenshot

 

An adrenaline shot laced with Gaga’s brand of insanity and sex appeal was exactly what Israel’s “non-stop city” needed, in the first major concert by an international act after a summer in which rockets from Gaza forced it to take a couple of naps and cancel performances by acts like Neil Young, the Backstreet Boys, and Lana del Rey. Continue Reading »

Despite prior cancellations, Lady Gaga will perform in Tel Aviv as planned

Announcement of Lady Gaga to perform on September 13, comes after a number of artists canceled shows due to IDF’s Operation Protective Edge.

 

Lady Gaga will appear in Israel as scheduled, on September 13, one of the producers of her show affirmed on Sunday.

Lady Gaga.

Lady Gaga affirms that she’ll be appearing for the second time in Israel, in a Tel Aviv show on September 13, 2014. – Photo: AP

The announcement comes as a number of artists have canceled or postponed their shows because of the rocket attacks that accompanied Israel’s conflict with Hamas in Gaza.

Tickets for Lady Gaga’s show, set for Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park, went on sale in June.

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Compilation of Falafel Stories: Happy ‘World Falafel Day’!

Israel participates in the annual celebration of the most-loved Middle Eastern treat.

In addition to being Philippines Independence Day and the start of the World Cup, June 12 also happens to be World Falafel Day.

Gabai’s famous falafel

Gabai’s famous falafel, located on Bograshov Street in central Tel Aviv – Photo: Rotem Maimon

In honor of the day honoring Israel’s national food, we’ve trawled through our archives and found seven must-read articles to help you mark the occasion.

On World Falafel Day, at least, let’s not argue over the origins of the humble dish. Let’s have a ball.

No matter where it originated, falafel is still Israel’s national food

Preparing falafel balls. Continue Reading »

The Rolling Stones Shake Israel: Truly a natural phenomenon

 

A singular event for the over 50,000 people attending the concert in Tel Aviv’s Park Hayarkon.

 

 

For a group of long-time professionals like the Rolling Stones, their performance Wednesday evening in Tel Aviv was just another night among thousands – but for the 50,000 people attending the concert in Park Hayarkon, it was a singular event.

Mick Jagger in Rolling Stones concert in Tel Aviv, June 4, 2014. - Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

Mick Jagger in Rolling Stones concert in Tel Aviv, June 4, 2014. – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

The Stones alluded to the event’s gravity relatively early in their concert, when a video projected on giant screens behind the performers combined archival clips from their concerts in the 1960s with live shots of the Tel Aviv concert audience in 2014. Continue Reading »