Daily Israel Report

Rolling Stones Move Show Back for Religious Fans

Rock band obliges religious Jews over debut Israel show, pushes back start time to avoid conflict with Shavuot holiday.
By Ari Yashar
First Publish: 5/30/2014, 9:58 AM

The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones
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The iconic rock band Rolling Stones have apparently taken their religious Jewish fans into consideration by moving back the starting time of their debut Israel performance on June 4, so as to avoid a conflict with the major holiday of Shavuot.

The Tel Aviv Municipality authorized a special extension of the performance's start time at Tel Aviv's Park Hayarkon next Wednesday, moving it from 8:30 p.m., right at the end of the holiday, to 9:15 p.m.

"Due to the many petitions by the public, and particularly the public that observes the (Jewish) tradition, which requested to push back the start time of the performance, the Tel Aviv Municipality together with the show's production acceded to the request," stated the production of the performance.

The gates will be opened at 5:45 p.m. as opposed to 5:30 p.m., with a warm-up performance by the Israeli rock band Fortis at 7:15 p.m., and the Rolling Stones show starting at 9:15 p.m.

MK Nissan Slomiansky (Jewish Home) in late March contacted promoter Shuki Weiss who arranged the concert, asking him to postpone the show a day or move it forward two days so as not to conflict with Shavuot, the holiday commemorating the day the Jewish people received the Torah at Mount Sinai.

"On Israeli Memorial Day they wouldn't have let something like this happen. Something is messed up here. Only money is important? What about our values?" lambasted Slomiansky.

"It cannot be that they'll hold a concert that will cause a desecration of the holiday by hundreds of thousands of Jews," noted Slomiansky. "It's not logical to force the Israel police to work from two in the afternoon...and harm the honor of the holiday of the giving of the Torah."

Weiss reportedly promised the Rolling Stones $6.7 million for the performance, a sum that is thought to be a record for foreign artists performing in Israel. The famous band has ignored calls to boycott Israel, primarily by Pink Floyd band member Roger Waters.

The performance in Israel is one of 14 shows in the band's European tour called "14 on Fire." The tour began on Monday at Telenor Arena in Oslo, where the band played their classic song "Jumping Jack Flash":