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The Stones meet The Wall

While Wood and Watts visit Jerusalem, Jagger goes to north ahead of Wednesday show at Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park

  • Ronnie Wood, guitarist for The Rolling Stones, visits the Western Wall before the band's 2014 concert in Tel Aviv. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90)
    Ronnie Wood, guitarist for The Rolling Stones, visits the Western Wall before the band's 2014 concert in Tel Aviv. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90)
  • Chuck Leavell, keyboard player touring with the Rolling Stones, is photographed while placing a note in the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, a day before the band's concert in Tel Aviv. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash 90
    Chuck Leavell, keyboard player touring with the Rolling Stones, is photographed while placing a note in the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, a day before the band's concert in Tel Aviv. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash 90
  • Charlie Watts, drummer for The Rolling Stones, seen visiting the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, a day before the band's concert in Tel Aviv. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90
    Charlie Watts, drummer for The Rolling Stones, seen visiting the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, a day before the band's concert in Tel Aviv. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90
  • Charlie Watts with Avishai Nemirovsky (left) and Ziv Shorkend at the Western Wall (photo credit: Avishai Nemirovsky)
    Charlie Watts with Avishai Nemirovsky (left) and Ziv Shorkend at the Western Wall (photo credit: Avishai Nemirovsky)
  • Ronnie Wood, guitarist for The Rolling Stones, seen visiting the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, a day before the band's concert in Tel Aviv (Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90)
    Ronnie Wood, guitarist for The Rolling Stones, seen visiting the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, a day before the band's concert in Tel Aviv (Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90)
  • Ronnie Wood, guitarist for The Rolling Stones, seen visiting the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, a day before the band's concert in Tel Aviv (Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90)
    Ronnie Wood, guitarist for The Rolling Stones, seen visiting the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, a day before the band's concert in Tel Aviv (Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90)
  • Charlie Watts, drummer for The Rolling Stones, seen visiting the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, a day before the band's concert in Tel Aviv (Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90)
    Charlie Watts, drummer for The Rolling Stones, seen visiting the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, a day before the band's concert in Tel Aviv (Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90)
  • Chuck Leavell, keyboard player touring with the Rolling Stones, seen visiting the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, a day before the band's concert in Tel Aviv (Photo credit: Hadas Parush/Flash 90)
    Chuck Leavell, keyboard player touring with the Rolling Stones, seen visiting the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, a day before the band's concert in Tel Aviv (Photo credit: Hadas Parush/Flash 90)

With their gig in Tel Aviv less than a day away, some of the members of the Rolling Stones took some time off Tuesday afternoon to visit that essential landmark for any foreign visitor — Jerusalem’s Western Wall.

Guitarist Ronnie Wood, drummer Charlie Watts and touring keyboard player Chuck Leavell were all at hand to witness Judaism’s most sacred spot; Leavell was even photographed wearing a kipa and placing a note at the Kotel — as is customary.

Mick Jagger evidently took a jaunt along Israel’s Mediterranean coast, paying a visit to the Roman ruins at Caesarea. Jagger posted a photo standing among the ruins with the Caesarea power plant in the background.

Jagger (who should know his concert halls) calls the ancient Herodian theater at the Roman-era port an amphitheater — a term which classically refers to a fully circular venue like the one Pink Floyd performed at live in Pompeii in 1972. (Traditional classical theaters, like the one at Caesarea, are semicircular; we’ll forgive him.)

The Stones touched down in Israel Monday night aboard their private plane, festooned with the band’s name and logo. The visit marks the band’s first in Israel, ahead of a much-anticipated concert for 50,000 fans Wednesday night at Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park.

The band arrived with a 70-person entourage, at least 100 more technical and other staff, and some 1,000 tourists who flew in Monday to attend the Wednesday concert. The arrivals were dubbed the Rolling Stones “airlift” by Israeli television news anchors.

Tickets were still available for the concert Tuesday, at NIS 700 apiece. At least 46,000 tickets had been sold so far. Doors are set to open on Wednesday at 5:45 p.m., with the band onstage at 9:15 p.m.

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