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Stones Roll Through Tel Aviv
The Rolling Stones brought their iconic brand of rock and roll to Tel Aviv's Hayarkon Park on June 4 in their first ever concert in Israel.
The band tore through a 19-song setlist, according to the band's official webpage, that included an encore comprised of hit songs "You Can’t Always Get What You Want" and "(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction."
Roger Waters and Nick Mason, the two remaining members of rock band Pink Floyd, and avid supporters of the boycott, divestment, and sanctions against Israel movement, had published an open letter on the Salon news site calling on the Stones to cancel their performance in Israel.
"Playing Israel now is the moral equivalent of playing Sun City at the height of South African apartheid," Waters and Mason wrote. "If you wouldn’t play Sun City, back in the day, as you, the Rolling Stones did not, then don’t play Tel Aviv until such time as freedom reigns for all and equal rights is the law of the land."
However, the Stones ignored the appeal and didn't let it stop them from their Israel appearance before heading for a concert in the Netherlands. The band also visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City on June 3, where touring keyboardist Chuck Leadell placed a note in the wall as is tradition.
The aging rock and roll group followed recent appearances in Hayarkon Park by Rihana and Justin Timberlake.