a different side of Israel

Black Eyed Peas in Israel

If the Israeli audience needed a reason to move, jump and sweat, Black Eyed Peas provided many reasons on Saturday night. In a show of over one hundred minutes, the American Grammy Award-winning group played the best Groove and Pop available in our time.

The show started off with a warm up by MC Karolaina and DJ Ofrie Gofer. At nine exactly the band showed up on stage and started to bomb the air with hits from the last two albums, hits such as “Don’t Phunk With My Heart,” “My Humps,” and “Shut Up”. The audience danced, sang along with the party band and threw their arms in the air in coordination with the singers, and for nearly two hours they were someplace else instead at Bloomfield Stadium in Rama Gan. The band also excelled with covering, performing an acoustic version of Bob Marley’s “No Women No Cry”, a cover version to Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine”, and “Welcome To Jamrock” by Demien Marley. They also performed a cover for Hava Nagila, and there was a guest appearance by the Israeli Rapper, Ilan Babylon, who sang both in English and in Hebrew.

The show also included adlib versions of known Hip-Hop songs by artists such as Snoop Doggie Dog and Fifty Cents, the last one is due to also come to Israel this summer. Perhaps the only false note was struck at the end of the show when the band signed off with “Let’s Get It Started,” an odd choice for a last song.

Beside singing Hava Nagila, the band showed their love to Israel all through the show, saying words like “Sabbaba” or “Ta’asu ra’ash” (make some noise) and more. “We have been here for five days, and they were the best days of our lives,” rapper told fans to booming applause. “We love Israel.”

But possibly the most flattering thing the band had said was Will’s promise that he wanted to covert to Judaism. He also revealed that his grandparents came to a visit in Israel and placed a note in the Western Wall. So here’s another reason for them to come back.


  1. Didn’t I read a REALLY similar review in the Jerusalem Post this morning? Oh, that’s right, I did. You just poorly rewrote it.

  2. Harry, what’s your point?

  3. That plagiarizing is not cool. That’s my point.

  4. I’m sorry, but I read the JPost article and I still don’t see your point. 🙁
    They both wrote reviews – just how original can you get when you write about the same concert?

  5. Oh come on. This is obviously a paraphrased version of Viva’s review without attribution (with a few additional comments likely culled from other sources).

    Some of the sentences are nearly identical.

  6. Harry, Harry! Whoa there, boy. I know EB and I’m sure he didn’t intend to plagiarize.

    I guess we all know how easy it is to absorb chunks of text while surfing around the ‘net, then slap ’em on a blog post without spending too much time thinking about the details. I read Viva’s review and I read a few other reviews of the same concert, and frankly they all read pretty much the same. No offense to Viva, who’s an excellent writer. I just agree with Noorster – how original can you be when writing about the same concert?

    So let’s give EB the benefit of the doubt, ’cause I know he deserves it and I know he would never do anything underhanded or malicious.

  7. Ok, I’ll settle down. But you can be original when writing about the same concert or reviewing an album. I do it all the time. 😉

    I enjoy this blog very much so consider my comments tough love.

  8. Hi – Thanks for all the great comments 🙂

    I Wouldn’t really admit to reading the Jerusalem Post but I will look into this…


  9. “I wouldn’t really admit to reading the Jerusalem Post”

    LOL! Eyal, you crack me up!!

    I read them both too. No plagiarising as far as i could see. I listened to the concert on the radio also… it sounded like a blast.

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