No Satisfaction for Religious Fans: Rolling Stones' Israel Show Falls on Shavuot

Observant Jews are disappointed to hear they won't be able to attend unless they live close-by; producer: The Stones chose the date, not us.

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Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones performs during a concert in Abu Dhabi February 21, 2014.
Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones performs during a concert in Abu Dhabi February 21, 2014.Credit: Reuters

Religious Rolling Stones fans are disappointed to hear that the band's highly anticipated Israel concert will be taking place on June 4, the evening following the Jewish holiday of Shavuot.

Gates will open at Hayarkon Park during the day that commemorates the Jewish people's receiving of the Torah on Mount Sinai, and the show will start soon after the holiday ends. Those who do not live in the vicinity of the Tel Aviv concert grounds will not make it.

Habayit Hayehudi MK Nissan Slomiansky told concert promoter Shuki Weiss how disappointed he was in the timing, and asked that the show be postponed by a day or moved up two days, Ynet reported, adding that he wants to attend with his two daughters.

MK Slomiansky told Ynet that it's "unthinkable that such a show will cause a mass desecration of the holiday by hundreds of thousands of people," adding: "It's illogical to force the Israel Police to work from 2 P.M., operate an entire system and violate the holiday marking the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people. There is no way of participating in this mass event without actually desecrating the holiday."

However, Weiss told a news conference that the Stones themselves had chosen the date as part of their international tour "and as such, it is not subject to change." He suggested that Shavuot observers could get to the show in time without desecrating the holiday by booking into a Tel Aviv hotel for the day. Weiss added that he was looking into the possibility of starting the show at a later hour "to allow the band's religious fans easier access to the concert."

Tickets for the show officially go on sale for the Tel Aviv show at 9 A.M. on March 30, but customers of the cell phone company Pelephone can get in early during a presale that starts March 27 at 9 A.M.

Promoter Shuki Weiss, who has reportedly said in the past that he would retire after bringing the Stones to Israel, beat other promoters to the punch by guaranteeing the rock legends an astronomical sum of $6.7 million for this one performance, according to a report by Israel's Channel 2.

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