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Published: 2014/03/26

The Rolling Stones Confirm First Ever Israel Performance

The Rolling Stones will play Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park on June 4, marking the legendary group’s first appearance in Israel since their formation in 1962. The 50,000-capacity park will host The Stones for the first time along with future shows from Pixies, Justin Timberlake and Neil Young and Crazy Horse.

Recently, The Stones postponed the rest of their Australia/New Zealand due to the apparent suicide of Mick Jagger’s longtime girlfriend. The band will return to the stage with the Israel show and then continue with shows in Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Belgium.

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Research March 26, 2014, 12:52:24

30 year career? Aren’t they celebrating their 50th year together?

TCinNYC March 26, 2014, 13:01:25

I guess the mourning of L’Wren Scott is over. Time to crank the Rolling Stones Money Machine back up. Sold to you.

SHECKYSHEKELSTEIN March 26, 2014, 13:05:27

It’s going to a shitload of Sheckels for those ticks!!

Anita Miracle March 26, 2014, 13:31:07

They should follow Elvis Costello, the Pixies and Roger Waters and heed the call for the campaign of boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights. http://www.bdsmovement.net/

Barry Bagel March 26, 2014, 13:50:42

Am I the only one who say’s Mick is wearing a wig. It’s Only Rock & Roll. Oy Vey!.

Craig March 26, 2014, 13:55:12

The boycott/divest/sanction thing worked pretty well in South Africa, I see no reason not to try it with Israel and the occupied territories as well. The Stones never did get too political though, so I wouldn’t count on support from them

PEACESELLSBUTNOONESBUYING March 26, 2014, 14:26:30

@ Craig and Anita u2 are so fucked! We should give these arabs just a little sliver, when they have the whole pie of the middle east! All they want to do is murder the Israeli / Jewish/ Christian people! Beceause there religion is the best ! They should pack up and move ! How about lebanon i think they have some vacancy! Or Saudi Arabia, or Mecca for that matter! If they don’t like how they have been treated it’s time to move!!!

TCinNYC- F U March 26, 2014, 14:30:20

In Death, Life moves on, we mourn and grieve our loved ones who have passed. but TC, Mourning and grieving are deeply personal emotions that people process differently. Some crawl into a hole , some embrace all that remains. Perhaps this is how Mick want to move on in his grieving period. He wants to rock! who the Fudge are you to offer any insight on what the Stones want to do now piss-ant? You seem to imply monetary greed . How do you make your living? You got to make a buck somehow.Mick and the Boys play rock and roll. Rest in Peace L’Wren; condolences to Mick and the family. See you in Israel!

Craig March 26, 2014, 14:33:13

Um, you are aware that Israel has killed many magnitudes more Palestinians than vice versa, yes? In any event, there are bad apples on both sides of that conflict, but right now its generally agreed (by every country in the world except the US and Israel) that the colonization of occupied Palestinian territory constitutes a breach of international law. If you think all the Arabs want to do is “murder Isreali/Christian/Jewish” people then your ignorance is beyond my or anyone else’s ability to help. Most people in that region, regardless of their ethnicity, just want peace. The BDS movement is a non-violent attempt to coerce Israel into accepting peace. If anything, people should support these kinds of things because the alternative is more violence.

Craig March 26, 2014, 14:44:24

“Coerce Israel into accepting peace” was not the best way to put that. More like coerce them into leaving the occupied territories and allowing Palestinians to either a) have their own state or b) be accepted in the Israeli state as full citizens. Anything else is apartheid, plain and simple.

CRAIGURSOWRONG!! March 26, 2014, 14:53:47

Let me point out a couple of things: If the U.S. had rockets coming into Texas every day, what do you think our response would be? So Israel restrains from bombing the hell out of the enemy. Which is better than we do in Vietnam, Iraq or Afghanistan. Why don’t you think about boycotting Arabs who fund these killers, like Qatar, Saudia Arabia etc. Or do you just want to keep driving your 8 mpg SUV? Amazing how anti-Semites want to harm the only democracy in the Middle East. Stuff it Craig and all you others. Israel will not give in and God bless the U.S. Canada and others who support them against those who want to wipe them out.

Harry Fink March 26, 2014, 15:08:07

The Stones by performing in Israel for 50,000 people are putting on a Rock & Roll show only. They are not politicans and are not going there to make statements in regards to any Middle East situation.

BrianJones March 26, 2014, 15:09:51

I have a good idea – why don’t all those worldwide that support Israel move there and leave the rest of us alone!!!!

Craig March 26, 2014, 15:16:17

If Mexico invaded and occupied Texas, do you think the Texans might fire rockets back at them? Your logic works both ways. Your assertion that anyone that refuses to support Israel’s illegal and immoral occupation of the Palestinian territories is further proof of your ignorance. FYI, Israel is only a democracy for its citizens. The few million Palestinians in the occupied territories that they rule have no political representation in the country. It’s as much a democracy as South Africa in the 70s.

Luke March 26, 2014, 15:25:14

A band or whoever else can do whatever they like. I or anyone else can also state an obvious fact, and if one wants to look into it honestly they’ll find it to be true. Israel, and without US support they couldn’t do it, has slowly destroyed Palestine and its people over the decades. It’s an international scandal. The Stones then are wrong to be playing there. Everyone, whether they are a carpenter, wall street exec, teacher or rockstar, has or should have a conscience and elementary responsibilities in the world. The Stones with their gazillions and worldwide decades’ long appeal could do much to spread the word and help to turn the tide of the death and destruction in Palestine on the part of Israel and its US master. They wouldn’t have to say a word, just not play there.

Craig March 26, 2014, 15:32:08

CORRECTION Your assertion that anyone that refuses to support Israel’s illegal and immoral occupation of the Palestinian territories is AN ANTI SEMITE... Is what I meant to type

CRAIGURSstillOWRONG!! you too luke March 26, 2014, 15:52:29

You are all proving my point: misquotes, lies and obfuscation to try and prove your weak and worthless points. Why don’t the Arab states take in all the Palestinians? They did NOTHING for them. Scarlett Johannson has it right. You have it wrong. Besides, Israel’s peace treaties have held up well with Egypt and Jordan. So why don’t the other Arab countries makes peace.
The Palestinians won’t acknowledge Israel is a Jewish state. If they did, there would probably be peace in a few weeks. Why do they keep sending rockets into Israeli civilian territories. Since when does a country that is attacked have to take the blame. Remember there would not be “occupied territories” if the Arabs hadn’t attacked Israel first. Now they want to return to the days before they attacked. Tough luck. You try and break into my house and I defend myself, do think I’m going to say sorry and let you in? You guys got to get your priorities straight. Don’t forget they left Gaza and the world has Hamas, a terrorist group. Wish you’d make the same fuss about Russia in Crimea.
Signing off from dealing with fools.

Craig March 26, 2014, 16:02:35

Well considering the fact that Crimea is majority ethnic Russian, your analogy seems a bit silly. Also, you do understand that there are literally zero countries (including the United States), that have accepted Israel as a “Jewish State.” That particular political demand has only been made of the Palestinians. Its also an interesting demand considering close to 25% of Israeli citizens are not Jewish. How would you feel as a black person if the United States demanded other countries recognize America as a “white state” or as a Jew if we demanded recognition as a “Christian State.” Now imagine how the Arab-Israeli population must feel.

DEAR CRAIG March 26, 2014, 17:04:43

Craig, twist up a fat one and calm down. This is a music website.

dk70 March 26, 2014, 18:17:26

@ Craig: You are wrong. The reason Gram Parsons quit the Byrds was because Keith was pissed that they were going to bring their Jingle Jangle Morning to South Africa.

Gram Fan March 26, 2014, 19:09:42

Gram Parsons left The Byrds reportedly because of his opposition to Apartheid before he starting paling around with Keith Richards.

BDSisBS March 26, 2014, 19:12:48

Craig/Anita are wrong, but I’m not going to hurl pejoratives b/c I want you to listen to message. “Occupied Territories” is a misnomer. The territories are certainly disputed, but that is the extent of it. From 1948-1967, those territories (except Gaza, which was illegally controlled by Egypt) were (illegally) under Jordanian control (which was created in only 1946). The Arab world rejected the partitioning of the (remainder-see Jordan) of Mandatory Palestine into separate Jewish and Palestinian Arab countries. There has never been a Palestinian Arab country d/t the decision by the Arab world in 1948 to wage a “war of extermination and momentous massacre” (Abdul Pasha-Secretary General of the Arab League) rather than live peacefully with the (re-formed) Jewish State of Israel. Since then, the Arab world has initiated wars, perpetrated unprecedented terrorism, and used the built in anti-Israel majority at the UN (with the western media complicity) to defame and delegitimize Israel. The PLO was formed in 1964, 3 years before the so-called ‘Occupied Territories’ were in Israel’s possession! Between 1948-1967 there were no calls or attempts to create a Palestinian Arab state. Only calls and attempts to destroy the only Jewish country in the world. Demanding the PA recognize Israel is a absolute necessity for peace because there will be no peace if the Arab world doesn’t recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish country. But the Arab world will never accept a Jewish state in Mandatory Palestine because the Arab (read Muslim) world considers all of that land to be part of the Dar al-Islam for all eternity.
Israel is NOT an apartheid country, and anyone who says that is either ignorant of what SA apartheid was, Israel is or is using the term maliciously, because it bears no resemblance to reality.
Israel, like all democracies, is not perfect. But it is a true beacon of light in a very dark place. There is a blatant double standard with anything regarding Israel.
Any other country in Israel’s situation would assuredly be less tolerant of the genocidal aspirations of its neighbors.
There are so many more lies, half-truths, obfuscations regarding Israel. All of you, do yourself a favor and find out more about actual facts, not the ‘conventional wisdom’ that passes for knowledge. Also, find out what the Arab world says to its own people, NOT what it says to the West. You’ll be VERY surprised. They are not teaching peaceful coexistence…

Wooknation4lyfe March 26, 2014, 20:24:13

C’mon people, calm down, this is only the internet, and this is a website for music-related content. Look, I’ve lived in Israel. I’ve seen things firsthand. I too have strong opinions on the subject, but it doesn’t matter what they are, at least not here. That’s kinda the point of music, it’s a common ground on which to connect with others. So drop it, or kindly take your bickering somewhere else. Blessings to you all.

timmy March 26, 2014, 20:50:24

1) God hates us all equally. 2) Palestinians are semitic people, so when you use the term “ant-semite”, you are also referring to them. 3) Palestinians have a significant Christian population, so all the pro-Zionist Christian “leaders” are actually supporting the slaughter of their own religion in Gaza and Syria. 4) If you think The Rolling Stones give a rat’s ass about politics and/or causes anymore you are delusional. They are a massive corporate ATM machine with some musical chops.

Hook nose March 26, 2014, 21:38:05

Who knew the stones were jewey, mazel tov!

Craig March 26, 2014, 22:38:14

You guys are right (about some things), I may have gotten a bit carried away. Its just that few things piss me off more than seeing my fellow Jews supporting the violent oppression an occupied people, considering our history and all. As a supporter of Ghandian non-violence I would rather see anti-occupation forces commit to something like boycott/divest/sanction than turn to armed violence, as many of them already have today and in the past. Obviously the Stones don’t give two shits about any of this though.

BDSisBS March 26, 2014, 23:42:07

Peace through music.
We can all agree that music is a truly universal and intrinsically beautiful, spiritual and transformative medium. And possibly the only thing that can actually bring people of all different stripes/beliefs. It has changed our lives, otherwise we wouldn’t be reading about all of this amazing art—and collective art at that!
And so I applaud, admire and respect their decision to play in Israel. I have no doubt that they are, and will be, under great pressure to cancel their show. But that would serve only the interests of intolerance and ignorance.
Honestly, the only reason I even looked at this post was because I knew someone with ‘good intentions’ (or not!), would talk about BDS. Ask yourselves why the Stones are playing in Israel and aren’t playing Tehran, Cairo, Beirut, Amman, Riyahd, insert Arab/Muslim capital here… Make no mistake, the BDS movement is anti-peace, anti-coexistence, and yes, anti-Semitic. It’s goal is not the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state in peaceful coexistence with the Jewish State of Israel. When anyone talks about it, don’t be indifferent. Don’t be silent. People can, and will, have disagreements. But BDS is, by it’s very nature, against communication. Against dialogue. Indifference to evil IS evil.

BDSisBS March 26, 2014, 23:42:07

Peace through music.
We can all agree that music is a truly universal and intrinsically beautiful, spiritual and transformative medium. And possibly the only thing that can actually bring people of all different stripes/beliefs. It has changed our lives, otherwise we wouldn’t be reading about all of this amazing art—and collective art at that!
And so I applaud, admire and respect their decision to play in Israel. I have no doubt that they are, and will be, under great pressure to cancel their show. But that would serve only the interests of intolerance and ignorance.
Honestly, the only reason I even looked at this post was because I knew someone with ‘good intentions’ (or not!), would talk about BDS. Ask yourselves why the Stones are playing in Israel and aren’t playing Tehran, Cairo, Beirut, Amman, Riyahd, insert Arab/Muslim capital here… Make no mistake, the BDS movement is anti-peace, anti-coexistence, and yes, anti-Semitic. It’s goal is not the establishment of a Palestinian Arab state in peaceful coexistence with the Jewish State of Israel. When anyone talks about it, don’t be indifferent. Don’t be silent. People can, and will, have disagreements. But BDS is, by it’s very nature, against communication. Against dialogue. Indifference to evil IS evil.

timmy March 27, 2014, 00:24:30

One Love. Kill the hatred.

the doodahman March 27, 2014, 07:23:55

No they shouldn’t Anita Miracle, and they surely wouldn’t. And Pixies are to appear here as well shortly. Continue on with the biggest bluff in human history – the “Palestinian people” (whenever they were invented), and their alleged “rights” under international law. Good luck to you all, useful idiots.

the doodahman March 27, 2014, 08:00:18

Craig – there is NO OCCUPATION of Palestine by Israel – and never was. Palestine is not, and NEVER HAS BEEN a sovereign state. The West Bank has been illegally occupied by Jordan in 1948. Before that it was under the British Mandate, and before that – a part of the Ottoman Empire. Breach of International law? Give me a quote of any clause of the international law that Israel is in breach of. “Palestinian people”? How is it that they aren’t even mentioned in the 1948 UN Partition decision? Perhaps because they weren’t invented yet? 1948 refugees? Nobody kicked them out, the invading Arab armies told them to leave under promise that they soon return after the Jews will be thrown into the Midterranean Sea. How about 800,000 Jewish refugees from the Arab states? How about Millions of refugees all around the world that nobody did nothing for? What about 2 MILLIONS (and counting) in Syria alone last year and a half? I don’t hear your voice loud and clear on that, Craig. On the other hand, why should you, and people like yourself, be bothered with facts? Living is easy with eyes closed, Craig.

Luke March 27, 2014, 10:00:05

Despite any delusions seen here, a people and their country have indeed been slowly obliterated by Israel’s govts and it’s US master over the last 5 decades.. That’s why Israel has been ruled against innumerable times by international agencies such as the UN, the International Criminal Court and so on. Anyone slightly honest can find that out in a moment’s time. The Stones definitely do not give a shit about populations hurting in the world but sheerly by their international fame they could draw attention to an ongoing international crime and indirectly aid a people undergoing apartheid and destruction on the part of US govts and their client state of Israel. Anyone serious and with a conscience is simply against serious injustice in the world, in this case involving useless suffering and death.

the doodahman March 27, 2014, 10:33:27

Luke – International Criminal Court: give me one (1) ruling against Israel of that court. A precise quote please . I ‘ll wait patiently. Furthermore, give me 1 decision of any UN body which is not governed by a 3rd World / Arab countries (famous for their real “human rights” record, such as Syria, Lybia and so on) with an automatic Pavlovian vote against Israel.
“ongoing international crime” – you must be talking about Syrian genocide (150,000 dead in a year and a half, and counting daily)? Or daily terrorist attacks in Iraq, leaving 20 – 30 dead daily? Oh wait, how about Christians cleansing / genocide in Sudan and Erithrea? Hey, what’s new with Christians in Gaza, who live under Hamas rule since 2006? Aren’t they all butchered by now? Can’t blame Israel for that, sir – we are out of there since 2006…
Shall I continue or what? Now, what is the TOTAL NUMBER of the “Palestinian” casualties (to compare with Israel’s) since 1948 up to now? Give me an idea, I’ m eager to know. Let’s see who is cleansing and genociding whom. “Their mind is full with big ideas, images and DISTORTED FACTS” – Idiot Wind, 1975

the doodahman March 27, 2014, 10:33:28

Luke – International Criminal Court: give me one (1) ruling against Israel of that court. A precise quote please . I ‘ll wait patiently. Furthermore, give me 1 decision of any UN body which is not governed by a 3rd World / Arab countries (famous for their real “human rights” record, such as Syria, Lybia and so on) with an automatic Pavlovian vote against Israel.
“ongoing international crime” – you must be talking about Syrian genocide (150,000 dead in a year and a half, and counting daily)? Or daily terrorist attacks in Iraq, leaving 20 – 30 dead daily? Oh wait, how about Christians cleansing / genocide in Sudan and Erithrea? Hey, what’s new with Christians in Gaza, who live under Hamas rule since 2006? Aren’t they all butchered by now? Can’t blame Israel for that, sir – we are out of there since 2006…
Shall I continue or what? Now, what is the TOTAL NUMBER of the “Palestinian” casualties (to compare with Israel’s) since 1948 up to now? Give me an idea, I’ m eager to know. Let’s see who is cleansing and genociding whom. “Their mind is full with big ideas, images and DISTORTED FACTS” – Idiot Wind, 1975

Ron March 27, 2014, 13:36:42

Without reading the thread I bet it has gone full blown stupid from all the replies back-and-forth from person to person. As far as the article goes, cool.
Tel Aviv has a pretty good scene nowadays.
Nice to see the Stones continuing to do new things.
May try to score a shirt from the show…

Ron March 27, 2014, 13:38:26

PS;
having read some of the responses thank you to those who stay positive and don’t feed the trolls that seem to hate on the fact that the jamband scene makes money, is sustainable and is a lot of fun for the people involved.
cheers kids!

Luke March 27, 2014, 17:18:44

For all those honest out there, and who care..
Israeli settlements condemned internationally (just a sample): International Court of Justice
United Nations Security Council
United Nations General Assembly
United Nations Human Rights Council
International Committee of the Red Cross
High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions (4th Geneva Convention, articles violated including 2 and 49)
Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
for fear of being condemned by the International Criminal Court for Article 8(2)(b)(viii), Israel has never agreed to ratify the Court more specifically:
UN Security Council Resolutions 271, 446, 452, 465, 471, 476 Before real hardline neoliberalism set in under Reagan, the administrations and legal advisory teams of Johnson, Nixon, Ford and Carter all characterized the Israeli settlements as illegal. Also of course all human rights groups, including B’Tselem, an Israeli group. When votes come up on this at the UN or other international agencies, they are always: The US and Israel on one side and the rest of the world on the other. Israeli govts could not and would never have been able to get away with their crimes if not for US power. Consequently, most of western media, especially the US, gives a wholly distorted and uninformed view of the issue. Rocknroll and best to all

Craig March 27, 2014, 18:08:35

What Craig said above…. Also, I never really understood all the harping about whether or not Palestinians constitute a “people.” Is a person only human if their identity stands up to some Western idea of nationhood?

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