After thrilling thousands by jabbering in Hebrew during his concert Wednesday night, The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger pulled out the ol’ Cockney-Hebrew dictionary again Friday to thank Israel.
“Thanks to everyone in Israel for a wonderful reception. It was an amazing show and I’ll always remember it,” the singer wrote in Hebrew on Twitter Friday afternoon, shortly before the band was set to leave Israel for the Netherlands.
Jagger also included a picture of him touring Jerusalem’s Old City, outside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, from Wednesday. He paid the visit to Jerusalem, also stopping at the Western Wall, hours before the Stones played their first ever Israel show on Wednesday night.
The Wednesday gig, before some 50,000 fans in Tel Aviv, was rapturously received.
תודה לכולם בישראל על קבלת פנים נפלאה. היתה הופעה אדירה ונזכור אותה תמיד. pic.twitter.com/BwH3QJzdd3
— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) June 5, 2014
During the show, Jagger peppered his conversation with Hebrew, wishing the cheering crowd a “Chag Shavuot sameach, Yisrael” or happy holiday, and at one point asking a befuddled Ronnie Wood “Kanita naalayim b’shuk?” (“Did you buy shoes in the market?”).
The Stones touched down in Tel Aviv Monday aboard their private jet, emblazoned with their tongue logo, accompanied by some 70 staff.
On Tuesday, guitarist Ronnie Wood, drummer Charlie Watts and keyboardist Chuck Leavell traveled to Jerusalem to visit its Old City; Jagger came to Jerusalem on Wednesday, where his Old City visit also featured a stop at the Western Wall.