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Kaveret to play in Jerusalem in June

The iconic 1970s-era rock band will reunite for Israel Festival to mark 40 years since its album, 'Sipurei Poogy'

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Some members of Kaveret, Yitzhak Klepter, Meir "Poogy" Fenigstein, Danny Sanderson and Efraim Shamir (photo credit: Moshe Shai/Flash90)
Some members of Kaveret, Yitzhak Klepter, Meir "Poogy" Fenigstein, Danny Sanderson and Efraim Shamir (photo credit: Moshe Shai/Flash90)

Kaveret is reuniting… again. The peerless 1970s Israeli band that was perhaps best known for its iconic album, “Sipurei Poogy” — “Poogy’s Stories” — will be gathering together in June for a performance at Jerusalem’s open-air Sultan’s Pool, as part of the annual Israel Festival.

The seven members of the band — Gidi Gov, Danny Sanderson, Efraim Shamir, Yitzhak Klepter, Yoni Rechter, Alon Olearczyk and Meir ‘Poogy’ Fenigstein — are celebrating 40 years since “Sipurei Poogy” first came out. As mentioned, it’s not the first reunion; they performed together in 1984 and 1990 for summer concerts, and again in 1998, Israel’s jubilee year, for a concert in Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park. Most of the concertgoers that time weren’t even born during Kaveret’s heyday, but knew the words to every song.

The band members can’t claim the same kind of youth, given that some of them have already celebrated their 60th birthdays.

“Kaveret will come back in wheelchairs,” joked Olearczyk in a recent interview. Maybe. But at least they’re not as old as Mick Jagger.

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