America - the British Version - Coming to Israel

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Dewey Bunnell, left, and Gerry Beckley, of the band America, perform at The Society of Singers' 21st ELLA Awards on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 in Beverly Hills, Calif. Credit: Invision for The Society of Singers

America will be playing in Ra'anana in August, according to a posting of the band's upcoming shows on its website,

The duo of Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell, both original members of the band that recorded such number-one hits as "A Horse with No Name" and "Sister Golden Hair," will squeeze in the gig between shows in Italy and Indianapolis, Indiana. The venue will be the Ra'anana Ampitheater.

The concert joins a growing list of foreign performers coming to Israel this summer despite the efforts of the Boycott, Disinvestment and Sanctions movement. Upcoming shows include The Rolling Stones (June 4), Passenger (June 10), the Pixies (June 17), Hugh Laurie (July 7), Neil Young (July 17), Paul Anka (July 24), Backstreet Boys (July 29), Megadeth (August 6), Lana Del Rey (August 20) and others.

The band, which ironically was formed in London, won a Grammy in 1972 for best new act. The third original member, Dan Peek, left the band in 1977. The remaining members have stayed together despite the relative lack of commercial success, save for their 1982 top-ten hit "You Can Do Magic."

The soft rock band enjoyed a revival after releasing "Here and Now" in 2007, the duo's first studio album in over two decades. The two continue to tour extensively.
According to, tickets start at 190 shekels.

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