Stones roll at the Western Wall
The Jewish Press, not especially known for their humor, published a piece for the holiday announcing that The Rolling Stones had booked two shows for Israel on Yom Haatzmaut in April to help the country celebrate its 65th birthday.
Perhaps because their version doesn’t go overboard and reads like a staid news story at the beginning, focusing on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) groups opposing the shows, some people thought that it might actually be a real news item. Especially anxiety-provoking was the line that the two shows – in Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem and in Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv, were already sold out.
Evidently discerning readers didn’t get to the part later in the story – where some tongue in cheek humor revealed itself.
Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood will all arrive in Jerusalem on Thursday, ahead of their opening concert, to meet President Shimon Peres who says he’s been a stoner for ages.
“When ‘Get Off of My Cloud’ came out, Dayan brought me the single from London,” Peres said. “We played it for hours in the office until Paula Ben Gurion threatened to throw us out.”
David Ben Gurion’s wife, Paula, was a Kinks fan.
Despite that giveaway (Paula Ben Gurion really loved The Yardbirds, not The Kinks), messages on Facebook and Twitter began proliferating announcing the imminent arrival of The Stones. I received at least three messages from musically savvy friends asking if I could help them get tickets.
Alas, it was a good Purim joke, and if The Stones do make their maiden voyage to Israel, it’s unlikely that The Jewish Press will scoop everyone else with it. But let’s thank them for providing us with some hope, and a little levity, on this festive Purim day.