A Pink Floyd tire finally finally pushed by the leader of the original band, Roger Waters, to boycott the Jewish state, and played before a crowded audience in Tel Aviv on Saturday night.
The concert of UK Pink Floyd Experience, followed an intense campaign by the infamous anti-Israel activist against the group, who eventually managed to play the concert without playing music by Waters.
To achieve this, they had the help of an Israeli cover band from Pink Floyd, "Echoes", which played all Waters songs; 10 of the 19 songs played at the concert.
Some reviewers said the addition of "Echoes" even helped the concert, and one of them called them "fresher".
"To the delight of the audience, they were even better than the English group," the critic said in the entertainment area Mako.
But to be fair, "Echoes" played the most popular Pink Floyd songs from the album "Dark Side of the Moon", like "Wish You Were Here" and "The Wall". It was again UK Pink Floyd Experience he will play the songs from the recorded albums after Waters left in 1985.
The musical disturbances came after the group in the UK previously rejected three planned performances by strong boycott of the vocalist and vocal advocate of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS), which was only convinced by the promoter to restore the concerts.
"I used this thing called words," said Ziv Rubinstein, musician and promoter of EGOEast Productions. "I used the ammunition that Mr. Waters uses, which is his word."
Last month, Waters launched its protest, wrote a brutal anti-Israel post on Facebook and published the personal phone numbers of the members of the shelf strip. The members of the band UK Pink Floyd Experience They ended up with their Facebook page and interrupted their planned performances in Israel.
Ruby stone and other team members Egoeast They later met with each member of the tribute band, he said.
"We convinced them," he said. "I found myself making diplomacy for Israel, but it was not political. This is not politics. We are musicians and we have to separate music and politics. I told them the audience is cheering for them because they love music and not for any person's policy. "
Rubinstein said he spent a whole week with the band and worked to convince them to restore their performances in Israel.
"They would come," he said. "They've been here before, but they were scared. They were threatened by Mr. Waters."
"We are committed to fulfilling our contractual obligation to perform in Israel in January 2019. However, we have changed the scene and will perform a unique special concert with the Israeli band Pink Floyd Tribute Echoes"The band said in a statement on their website.
"We regret the awkward discomfort caused by all this, it was far from our intention to provoke all this anger and hatred when it was the opposite. In retrospect, it was very naive to believe that our motives would not be misunderstood and misrepresented. The proceeds of this trip will go to UNICEF's charity. "
The music of Pink Floyd, Rubinstein said, is much loved in Israel, despite the movements of the creator Waters.
"It's music and the love of music, and it's much bigger than the man himself. Creation is greater than he. In the meantime, we are the winners."
Waters had written a post on Facebook that criticizes the group's latest plans. "Singing my songs in front of the segregated audience in Israel and contributing to the cultural laundering of the racist government and apartheid in the country would be an act of malice and unjustified lack of respect," he wrote.
"People you are trying to entertain, perform the neighbour's children, shoot them in cold blood every day."
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Waters is known to public harassment artists who plan to visit Israel or perform it as part of a campaign of the BDS Movement – Boycott, Disposal and Sanctions – which encourages Muslims to reject Israel.
In September, around 140 artists, including Waters, called a boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest, which will be held in Israel next year.
Having previously vanished Waters from anti-Semitism charges, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said in 2013 that "anti-Semitic conspiracy theories" have "infiltrated" the whole of the views of the former Pink Floyd leader.
ADL responded to the Water's comments in an interview with the magazine counter where he compared the Israeli treatment to Palestinians with Nazi Germany. "Judging by his comments, Roger Waters has absorbed the classic anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, and now they have leaked into all their views," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL's national director Times of Israel. "His comments on the Jews and Israel have gradually deteriorated over time. It started with anti-Israel invective, and now it has become a conspiracy anti-Semitism," Foxman added: "How sad is that a creative genius can distort so much for his own clever mind-fanaticism. "
In the interview Waters commented on PalestiniansHe said "the parallels to what happened in the 1930s in Germany are so obvious."