Gimme shelter – war is just a shot away

May 29, 2014
Sarah Benton

For more on another ’60s radical turned conservative, see Notes and links on Bob Dylan in Grotesque celebration of Israeli conquest

This posting has these items, Petition is the last one:
1) Algemeiner: Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood Says Bob Dylan Was Behind Band’s Decision to Play in Israel, that’s alright then (see link at top);
2) Haaretz: Rolling Stones ‘so excited to be coming to Israel’, no politics please;
3) Arutz Sheva: Rolling Stones to Perform Debut Israel Show for Record Sum, right wing torn between shock at the cost and delight at the BDS-busting;
4) Salon: Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters and Nick Mason: Why Rolling Stones shouldn’t play in Israel;
5) Petitioning THE ROLLING STONES the petition from PACBI;
6)Jagger and Richards: Gimme Shelter, lyrics, abbreviated

Gathering moss: Sir Mick Jagger , Keith Richards, Charlie Watts  and Ronnie Wood . 

Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood Says Bob Dylan Was Behind Band’s Decision to Play in Israel

By Algemeiner
May 27, 2014

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

And the impetus for the Rolling Stones’ historic arrival during their 14 On FireEuropean 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 are running from NIS 700 ($200) for grass seating to NIS 2,855 ($820) for VIP level seating and service.

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

Keith Richards, when asked about the set list, promised “they’ll be all the hits in there, and a few little surprises…” possibly from songs pitched by Israeli fans via their website and mobile phone app, according to Israeli daily Haaretz.

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.

Coming to Israel after a warm up with three previous shows that began Monday night in Oslo, Richards added that “when we get to Tel Aviv, it should be the Rolling Stones on full power, and all 12 cylinders.”

Rolling Stones ‘so excited to be coming to Israel’

High-energy concert in Oslo kicks off 14-country European tour, including Tel Aviv on June 4.

By Haaretz
May 27, 2014

The Rolling Stones staged a high-energy concert in Oslo on Monday night, as the ever-youthful band resumed a 14-country world tour suspended in March after the death of Mick Jagger’s girlfriend, fashion designer L’Wren Scott.

In a video posted on Tuesday, starring guitarist Ron Wood, the band expressed how excited they were at the prospect of visitng Israel, which is one of the stops on their tour. They will be appearing at Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park on June 4.

Jagger, 70, wearing a tight black shirt and jeans for most of the late-night show in front of more than 20,000 spectators in Osol, said he was happy to be back performing in the Nordic city where the band first played on a tour in 1965.

Jagger told the audience the band had asked people to request songs over the Internet and joked that the favorite had been “Take on Me” – a hit by Norwegian rock band A-ha.

He said the singing was too high pitched for him and launched instead into the Rolling Stones’ “Let’s Spend the Night Together.”

Israeli fans are also invited to suggest a song via the band’s website or mobile app.

Monday night’s concert, with hits including “Satisfaction”, “Brown Sugar” and “Sympathy for the Devil,” was the first of a European tour that will now go to Lisbon and then Zurich.

The Rolling Stones postponed concerts in Australia and New Zealand in March to mourn Scott, a 49-year-fashion designer and former model who committed suicide in her Manhattan apartment.

Jagger said on his website just after her death that he was struggling to understand “how my lover and best friend could end her life in this tragic way.”

He did not refer to Scott during the Oslo concert. The Australian and New Zealand concerts have been rescheduled for October and November.

Norwegian media hailed the band’s performance, praising Jagger for his singing as well as joking, dancing, running and pirouetting around a vast stage.

“It’s rock and roll and we like it”, the tabloid Dagbladet wrote, giving the concert five on a one to six scale.

Rival tabloid Verdens Gang also gave the concert a five and said that the band had clearly benefited from a few days’ practice together in Oslo before the concert.

Rolling Stones to Perform Debut Israel Show for Record Sum

Legendary British rock band reportedly finalizing early summer show, offered record $4.5 million.

By Ari Yashar, Arutz Sheva
February 2014

The famous British rock band Rolling Stones are in the final stages of finalizing their first performance in Israel. The show is planned to be held sometime in early summer at Tel Aviv’s Park Hayarkon.

Hayarkon park before the arrival of fans, nightfall and the pile of apparatus for the show.

According to Yediot Aharonoth, the legendary band is in discussing the show with Israeli promoters Marcel Avraham and Gadi Oron, and apparently will hold the performance after the group’s 2014 European tour sometime in late May or early June.

The Rolling Stones have reportedly been offered $4.5 million for the show, which is thought to be the largest amount ever offered to an artist to play in Israel. Tickets are expected to cost around 400 shekels ($113).

The band has been one of the most influential rock groups; it was formed in 1962 and has released 25 studio albums.

Reports of the upcoming concert cautiously note that 2013 rumors that the band was planning a performance in Israel for the nation’s 65th anniversary turned out to be false, disappointing fans.

Last December, the Stones’ bass player Darryl Jones appeared in Israel as part of the Australian super-group the Dead Daisies, which is made up of former members of Guns N’ Roses, the Rolling Stones and INXS. The show was sold-out, and took place at the Barby Club in Tel Aviv.

If the concert materializes, it will be one of the biggest failures of the boycott calls urging international artists not to perform in Israel. Last November, it was reported that several top musicians were planning 2014 shows in Israel, including Justin Timberlake and Beyonce.

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters and Nick Mason: Why Rolling Stones shouldn’t play in Israel

Band’s founding members come together to argue in favor of the BDS movement — and urge the Stones to reconsider

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters and Nick Mason: Why Rolling Stones shouldn’t play in Israel

Salon May 01, 2014

With the recent news that the Rolling Stones will be playing their first-ever concert in Israel, and at what is a critical time in the global struggle for Palestinian freedom and equal rights, we, the two surviving founders of Pink Floyd, have united in support of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS), a growing, nonviolent global human rights movement initiated by Palestinian civil society in 2005 to end Israel’s occupation, racial discrimination and denial of basic Palestinian rights.

The BDS movement is modeled on the successful nonviolent movements that helped end Jim Crow in the American South and apartheid in South Africa. Indeed, key figures who led the South African freedom struggle, like Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Mandela’s close associate, Ahmed Kathrada, have come out in support of BDS for Palestinian rights. BDS offers us all a way to nonviolently pressure the Israeli government to fully realize that its injustices against the Palestinian people are legally and morally unacceptable and unsustainable.

The movement does not advocate a particular political framework — one state or two — and neither do we. Rather, we call for a resolution that upholds freedom, justice and equal rights for all, irrespective of identity, and does not cause additional suffering for either people.

So, to the bands that intend to play Israel in 2014, we urge you to reconsider. Playing Israel now is the moral equivalent of playing Sun City at the height of South African apartheid; regardless of your intentions, crossing the picket line provides propaganda that the Israeli government will use in its attempts to whitewash the policies of its unjust and racist regime.

We are nearing the tipping point in global awareness that the denial of Palestinian rights has had a devastating impact on generations of people, and that they need our support now more than ever. Consequently, we encourage you, fellow artists, to ask yourselves what you would do if forced to live under military rule and discriminatory laws for decades. If the answer is that you would resist until justice prevailed, we ask that you champion BDS as a nonviolent, collective means of securing a better future for all. 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.

“Together We Stand”

Petitioning THE ROLLING STONES Click headline to sign petition.

To the Rolling Stones: Please cancel your show and boycott apartheid Israel

By The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)

The signatories of this petition are writing to urge you to refrain from playing in apartheid Israel and not to condone Israel’s violations of international law and human rights against the Palestinian people.  We hope you will heed our call as you did once before in 2007.

Why would you accept to perform in a country that is so deeply involved in war crimes and human rights violations?  Performing in Israel at this time is morally equivalent to performing in South Africa during the apartheid era.  We all remember how leading Rolling Stones musicians played a prominent role in enforcing a cultural boycott of apartheid South Africa in the 1980’s, and participated in recording the timeless song, Sun City, which had a singular influence on raising public awareness about apartheid and its injustices.

Today, Palestinian civil society groups are calling on artists to shun Tel Aviv in the same way that South African activists called on artists to boycott Sun City.  All we are asking is for you to refrain from crossing a picket line called by Palestinian society, endorsed by international organizations, and increasingly supported by progressive-Israelis.

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Gimme Shelter

By Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, released on Let it Bleed, 10969
Oh, a storm is threat’ning
My very life today
If I don’t get some shelter
Oh yeah, I’m gonna fade away

War, children, it’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away
War, children, it’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away

Ooh, see the fire is sweepin’
Our very street today
Burns like a red coal carpet
Mad bull lost its way

War, children, it’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away
War, children, it’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away

Rape, murder!
It’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away

The floods is threat’ning
My very life today
Gimme, gimme shelter
Or I’m gonna fade away

War, children, it’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away
It’s just a shot away
I tell you love, sister, it’s just a kiss away
It’s just a kiss away
It’s just a kiss away
Kiss away, kiss away

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