Rolling Stones to Perform Debut Israel Show for Record Sum
The famous British rock band Rolling Stones are in the final stages of finalizing their first performance in Israel. The show is planned to be held sometime in early summer at Tel Aviv's Park Hayarkon.
According to Yediot Aharonoth, the legendary band is in discussing the show with Israeli promoters Marcel Avraham and Gadi Oron, and apparently will hold the performance after the group's 2014 European tour sometime in late May or early June.
The Rolling Stones have reportedly been offered $4.5 million for the show, which is thought to be the largest amount ever offered to an artist to play in Israel. Tickets are expected to cost around 400 shekels ($113).
The band has been one of the most influential rock groups; it was formed in 1962 and has released 25 studio albums.
Reports of the upcoming concert cautiously note that 2013 rumors that the band was planning a performance in Israel for the nation's 65th anniversary turned out to be false, disappointing fans.
Last December, the Stones' bass player Darryl Jones appeared in Israel as part of the Australian super-group the Dead Daisies, which is made up of former members of Guns N’ Roses, the Rolling Stones and INXS. The show was sold-out, and took place at the Barby Club in Tel Aviv.
If the concert materializes, it will be one of the biggest failures of the boycott calls urging international artists not to perform in Israel. Last November, it was reported that several top musicians were planning 2014 shows in Israel, including Justin Timberlake and Beyonce.