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Dylan got the Stones to play Israel

After 52 years, the “World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band” tuned up for a fervently anticipated June 4 gig in Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park.

And the impetus for the Rolling Stones’ historic arrival during their 14 On Fire European tour came from none other than Bob Dylan, according to Israel’s Channel 2 news.

“Bob Dylan was coming off stage,” guitarist Ronnie Wood replied in a video interview to reporters’ questions, “and I asked him, ‘where you going?’ and he said, ‘Israel! We’re going to Tel Aviv!’

“He had a big smile on his face, because he loves it. And I said to him, ‘well, we’ve never done it.’ That planted a seed that I’d like to play it one day. So, here we go…”

Tickets ran from NIS 700 ($200) for grass seating to NIS 2,855 ($820) for VIP level seating and service.

The legendary band’s arrival came after Pink Floyd founding members Roger Waters and Nick Mason publicly called on the Stones not to play in Israel.

The rock legends join a bevy of A-list artists set to land at Ben Gurion airport this summer, including Justin Timberlake, the Pixies, Neil Young and many others, despite detractors’ boycott calls.


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