McCartney concert sparks city-wide club shut down in Tel Aviv
Ariel Zilber, Yael Dekelbaum to perform on Thursday despite much anticipated show by Beatle legend.
Even those who have been keeping track of the media frenzy over the coming of the Messiah (excuse me, Paul McCartney) will have trouble believing that the day of his concert (this coming Thursday) will envelop other events in Tel Aviv.
The Barbi Club announced in advance that they would be "shut down" Thursday night, then the Timuna Theatre was forced to change the date of its tribute concert to Elliot Smith, and Sivan Shavit's performance in the Ha'ozen Hashlishit Club was canceled "due to technical reasons that we cannot specify at this time." Even Tzlil Mechuvan's show at Zappa was canceled (in favor of a concert by Boaz Sharabi).
There are those, however, who insist that the show will go on Thursday night. At Levontin 7, Yael Dekelbaum of Habanot Nehama will kick off a jam-packed evening, and the Karson Pub will host singer Ariel Zilber, known for his affinity for The Beatles.
"I was bummed out when I understood that my concert would be at the same time as Paul McCartney's," Dekelbaum said.
"Not only because I love The Beatles and this is an important event, but who will come to my concert on such a day? I comforted myself in the knowledge that the money I earn that night will go toward seeing McCartney somewhere else, and I was also happy to be the consolation prize for those who cannot afford NIS 500 or 1,500 to see him."
Dekelbaum says that canceling did occur to her, but the club where she is playing was adamant that the show go ahead.
"On the day I found out [about the shared date], I called Levontin to ask what the deal was with the concert. Levontin insisted we not cancel it and I'm with them."
The singer even says that she might include a Beatles number in her repertoire on the night.
"There's a chance," she says. "I've been thinking about it for quite some time. I think at the end of the show I'll do a cover for John Lennon, actually."
Mikey Feldman, the owner of the Karson Pub also admitted that he had considered canceling Zilber's performance, "but we decided that Paul McCartney will not feel the absence of a few hundred who come to see Ariel Zilber."
He said that Zilber was also a fan of McCartney, but that the clash of concerts did not seem to bother him.
"I think he's changed a bit since then, no?"