The American rock group Red Hot Chili Peppers will perform in Israel as planned on August 28 at a gala open air concert in Tel Aviv's Hayarkon Park.
Producer Shuki Weiss yesterday gave a news conference a list of artists who will perform at the concert. First to appear will be the Israeli group Monica Sex, followed by singers Yuval Banai and Rami Fortis. Next will come the British group
The Stranglers, who were in Israel in the late 1980s. Among their best known hits are "Golden Brown", "Strange Little Girl," "Nice in Nice" and "Big in America."
The performing area at the park will be expanded for the evening, and the gates will be opened to the public at 5 P.M.
The area will be divided into several compounds and include coffee houses, pubs and restaurants serving light snacks. "The plan was designed to enable people to spend several hours there in comfort," Weiss says. He noted that security throughout the compound would be beefed up for the event with "unusual measures."
Weiss signed up several sponsors for the show, including Pepsi, 102FM radio station, Isracard, Bank Leumi and the Shocken chain's Akhbar Ha'ir magazines.
According to Weiss, 10,000 tickets have been sold so far. "To fill up the concert completely, we need to sell 40,000 tickets. I believe that is a realistic goal," Weiss says.
"Obviously, in other years a group like this would have drawn a much larger audience to the Yarkon Park, but I am being cautious and taking into account the current situation in Israel. Still, I believe it is important to show that we can create an island of sanity here, that we can hold concerts like any other country."
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