The world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band landed in the Holy Land for the first time Monday evening. The Rolling Stones, who will appear at Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park Wednesday, landed at Ben-Gurion International Airport in their private plane bearing the band’s logo.
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Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood arrived with an entourage of 70 stage hands, family members and attendants accompanying them on the European leg of their “14 OnFire” world tour. The band members are staying in suites at the Dan Hotel in Tel Aviv, where their entourage has booked many rooms. They are expected to tour in the Dead Sea, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv ahead of their concert.
Wednesday’s show has been set to begin at 9:15 P.M. Wednesday, supposedly allowing religiously observant fans to reach the venue after the Shavuot festival ends. This despite municipal bylaws that ban loud music after 11 P.M.
Veteran Israeli rocker Rami Fortis will be the warm-up act from 7:45 P.M.
Preparations for the show are proceeding full-steam, including erecting a special stage with a LED screen and 34-meter walkway leading into the audience especially designed for the Yarkon Park venue. The band will perform one song chosen by Israeli fans from a list of four sent out via social media.
Last week, the Stones renewed their tour following the suicide of Jagger’s girlfriend L’Wren Scott in March with a sell-out show in Oslo, Norway. On Thursday they appeared in Lisbon, Portugal, where they hosted Bruce Springsteen, who sang the 1970s hit “Tumbling Dice” with them. On June 7, the veteran band, aged 73, 70, 70 and 67, will play at the Pinkpop Festival in Landgraaf, Netherlands.
Darryl Jones, 52, replaces the long-retired bassist Wyman in the lineup.