U.S. Rock Band Black Lips Coming to Israel on August 22

Black Lips, known for its wild performances, performed in Israel and the Palestinian Authority in 2007

Black Lips perform in Rome, May 2012.
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American garage band Black Lips will perform at the Barby in Tel Aviv on August 22 as part of the group’s world tour. The band is promoting its eighth and latest album, “Satan’s Graffiti or God’s Art?,” released this year by Vice Records and produced by Sean Lennon.

The group, which was founded in 1999 in Atlanta, Georgia, and is known for its particularly wild performances and theatrics – including nudity, defecating on stage and flaming guitars – performed in Israel and the Palestinian Authority in 2007.

Black Lips - 'Squatting in Heaven' TheBlackLips / YouTube

When Black Lips performed in India in 2009, the band decided to flee the local police after taking off their clothes on stage and kissing one another, worried they might be arrested for “homosexual acts.” Their passports were even confiscated for a short time by the tour’s producers. 

A performance in a London club led to a viral Youtube clip in which the audience invaded the stage, at the band’s invitation, and went wild. 

The group’s first album, “Black Lips!” was released in 2003 by Bomp! Records, as was the band’s second album, “We Did Not Know the Forest Spirit Made the Flowers Grow.” Their third album, “Let It Bloom” from 2005, was released by In The Red Records. The group then signed with Vice, part of Vice Media. The band has worked on its various albums with producers Mark Ronson, Patrick Carney (from The Black Keys) and Phil Spector.

The Israeli band The Crotches (Hamifsaot) will open for Black Lips in August. They recently released their second album, which includes a Hebrew version of Black Lips’ “How To Tell A Child That Someone Has Died.”

Tickets are priced at 140 to 160 shekels (about $39.50 to $45).