The stage is already set in Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park for the much anticipated Wednesday night performance of the Rolling Stones.
“Good morning!” wrote producer Shuki Weiss on his Facebook page. “We’re preparing for the great Wednesday night event!”
The band and its entourage are expected to land in Israel late Monday night, and will be staying at Tel Aviv’s Intercontinental Hotel. They’ll have nearly two full days in Israel prior to their Wednesday night performance.
For now, the stage has been set, said Weiss, with a 34-meter (111 feet) catwalk that reaches into the audience, and a backstage area stretching over four dunams, with 35 rooms, two dining rooms, a gym and spa.
According to Weiss, the Stones arrive in three airplanes carrying the band members, crew and equipment.
The band has been on tour since May, after taking several weeks off following the unexpected March 17 death of Mick Jagger’s girlfriend, L’Wren Scott.
The designer, whose death was ruled a suicide, had been in a relationship with Jagger since 2003. She left her entire $9 million estate to him, although she was said to have committed suicide because of financial troubles.
The first concert since Scott’s death was in Oslo, Norway, followed by performances in Portugal and Switzerland.
Reviews for the band have been positive, with New York’s Daily News calling the Oslo performance a “high-energy show” that lasted more than two hours.
In Lisbon, the Stones were joined by Bruce Springsteen.
While the band has named special guests for their Australia and New Zealand shows in October (the performances had to be rescheduled following Scott’s death), there have been no hints regarding any unexpected arrivals in Tel Aviv.
The band’s show in Zurich on Monday night had extra reasons to celebrate, according to its website, with guitarist Ronnie Wood marking his 67th birthday and 39 years with the band.
Tel Aviv spectators will have the chance to help choose the band’s encore using smartphone technology during the concert. In Zurich, fans voted for “Let’s Spend The Night Together” in a “tight online vote,” according to the band’s website.
The playlist changes from show to show, according to Merav Lahav, part of the Shuki Weiss publicity team. “The Tel Aviv playlist won’t be released before the show.”
Tickets are still available for the concert, at NIS 700 apiece. According to local sources, some 35,000 tickets have been sold so far. The band sold out in Zurich, selling 50,000 tickets.
For now, Weiss and his team are warning audience members to use public transportation to reach the concert, and to pick up tickets ahead of time. They will be posting more information about traffic and parking on the day of the concert, at the Shuki Weiss website.
Following Tel Aviv, the Stones perform in the Netherlands on June 7, Berlin on June 10 and Paris on June 13. According to their current schedule, they have the summer off before performing in Australia and New Zealand in October.