A number of famous rockers are ignoring boycott calls and coming to perform in Israel anyway. Legendary British rock musician Alan Parsons is teaming up with Israeli rock star Aviv Geffen. Parsons and his band will perform with Geffen in Israel at Tel Aviv’s Menora Mivtachim Arena on February 10th.
Slash, the guitarist from Guns n’ Roses, will also perform in Israel in June.
Roger Waters has famously attempted to convince all of his fellow rock musicians to join a boycott of Israel. Performers like Elvis Costello agreed to join him. But some of the most famous musicians in the world have been ignoring such calls. Madonna, Paul McCartney, Rihanna and many more have performed there in recent years.
Alan Parsons is coming back to Israel for the second time in only four years. The musician said that in his last trip there he found Israeli fans to be “warm and loyal.”
What is most ironic about Parson’s return visit is that back in the 1970’s he worked with Waters on Pink Floyd’s iconic album “Dark Side of the Moon.”
At the concert Parsons is expected to perform hits like “Eye in the Sky, ” “Old and Wise” and “Don’t Answer Me.” He said about the upcoming show, “I am very excited about returning to Israel for the second time for a major conference at the sports arena. The Israeli audience is warm and loyal and appreciates good music. I am also happy and excited about cooperating with Aviv Geffen in the production of his new album. Aviv is one of the most talented artists I have met. It makes me very proud to host him and stand with him on the same stage.”
Geffen said about their collaboration, “Alan and I met in Berlin a year ago. Later in the year, we decided to go into the studio and work together. He is unquestionably one of the figures which has influenced me the most, starting from his work with The Beatles, through Pink Floyd to his solo albums.”
Meanwhile Slash will be returning to Israel for the first time in more than 20 years. He performed there with Guns N’ Roses Back in 1993. He will hold one concert at the Tel Aviv Exhibition Grounds as part of a world tour promoting his new album “World on Fire, ” which was released in September.