Bon Jovi to Perform in Israel for First Time

Singer and philanthropist tells Larry King he was adding Israel as destination for 2011 tour promoting album 'The Cycle.'

Jon Bon Jovi confirmed this week that his band would be performing in Israel as part of their 2011 world tour promoting their new album "The Cycle."

The internationally acclaimed singer, and last year's recipient of the MTV World Icon award, broke the news during an interview on Larry King Live, one of the last shows hosted by the infamous CNN anchor who retired this week.

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Bon Jovi was on the show to talk mostly about his philanthropic work relating to people who were left homeless after Hurricane Katrina demolished most of New Orleans, and said that his band would be performing next year in countries from South America to South Africa to Israel.

The show, which will take place sometime during the summer, will be the bands first performance in Israel, even though they have been playing world tours for more than three decades.

Bon Jovi told Larry King, who appeared surprised that he had never performed in Israel before, that he had also never performed in Cyprus.

A rapidly expanding list of global music stars added Israel to their world tours this year including Ozzy Osborne, Elton John and Rod Stewart.

Last year Israel hosted an array of world famous performers, including The Pet Shop Boys, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Leonard Cohen, Depeche Mode and Morrissey.