Coldplay May Play the Holy Land Before Mixed Israeli, Palestinian Crowd

Efforts to bring Coldplay to Israel have been going on for many years, and such plans have been announced more than once in the past.

Coldplay frontman Chris Martin performs in Brazil.
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Is Coldplay really coming to Israel? Channel 2 News correspondent Yonatan Rieger has reported that a deal has been finalized for the British band to perform twice at the shores of the Dead Sea in the fall.

Rieger said the band confirmed the Israel appearances after a visit by lead singer Chris Martin in November to scout locations. Martin chose a site near the Dead Sea so that Israelis and Palestinians could come to the shows.

But he said a green light was still needed from security organizations charged with the complicated task of safeguarding the mixed audience event.

Inquiries made by Haaretz, however, found that Coldplay’s visit is far from a done deal.

One of the major producers of international shows in Israel said on Tuesday, “It does not appear that there will be any Coldplay show in Israel, and I say that on the basis of the documents I have on my desk.

"Rieger’s report sounded very confident, but the odds are that the shows will be completely finalized are very low.”

Shuki Weiss, the Israeli producer who has brought performers the likes of the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan also says he knows nothing about any planned Coldplay concert in Israel.

During his Israel visit, Martin toured the south of the country with the human rights group Global Citizen.

Ahead of his trip Martin gave a concert in India before a crowd of 100,000. If a show does take place in Israel, it would operate under the same banner of bringing people together.

Efforts to bring Coldplay to Israel have been going on for many years, and such plans have been announced more than once in the past.