Despite the fact that it sometimes thinks so (or would like to believe,) Israel is not a country in Europe. One of the consequences of being, er, geographically out of the way of a lot of Western culture is that touring bands don’t come here a lot. (Often you’ll see posters that say COLDPLAY or U2 on them, only to discover that it’s cover night at the Yellow Submarine again.) When Roger Waters was here recently you’d think that The Wall had just come out, for all the fuss.
And now Depeche Mode is coming–in the middle of a war, no less–and the media is having a complete freak-out. There’s something like three nights worth of concert footage on one of the TV channels, they’re all over the event listings, etc. I’ve seen them live before–it was really fun when I was a little teenybopper fangirl with combat boots and black lipstick. I really loved their goth-lite stuff when I was about fourteen. Had the 101 documentary thing and everything. That was probably the last time. But, you know, they haven’t done much of any cultural relevance since “Enjoy the Silence,” which was quite a while back, now. I find it somewhat amusing that this is supposed to be the new Israeli soundtrack. Shall we all start the chorus to “Blasphemous Rumors,” now?
Israelis have always loved Pink Floyd, largely because of its doomy relationship to the inevitability of war and the manipulation of the individual. When I was a high school teacher, the favorite movie of all my students at Beit Sefer ha-Nisui was “The Wall.” So this affinity is not likely to go away.
With regard to Depeche Mode, great art is timeless, D.
I find myself torn between my concern for you and the need to defend Depeche Mode. I’m pretty sure I watched 101 with you about 10 yrs ago and you still loved it! Please be safe. Fyi. This the 1st google search I have ever done. Yep, you got a google virgin. W!
No need to break out into any choruses: They cancelled (making a lot of people miserable and making all those who believed it was disgusting that they were playing Motzei Tisha B’av breathe a sigh of relief)