Blues legend Buddy Guy to play Israel in October
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Blues legend Buddy Guy to play Israel in October

Touring to boost his new album, ‘The Blues Is Alive and Well,’ 81-year-old to be joined onstage by Israeli guitar heroes

Blues musician Buddy Guy in 2018. (Paul Natkin)
Blues musician Buddy Guy in 2018. (Paul Natkin)

Chicago Blues legend Buddy Guy is returning to Israel for a performance to promote his new album “The Blues Is Alive and Well,” his promoter announced Monday.

The 81-year-old Guy, famous for such hits as “Mustang Sally,” “Hoochie Coochie Man,” and “Boom Boom,” will take the stage in Raanana’s Park Amphitheater on October 25.

Guy last performed in Israel in 2016, in a blistering show that was described as “equal parts crass, wild, humorous and soulful, peppered with homespun wisdom and brimming with energy.”

His latest album features collaborations with the Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, as well as British blues guitarist Jeff Beck.

Beck has said of the bluesman, “Geez, you can’t forget Buddy Guy. He transcended blues and started becoming theater. It was high art, kind of like drama theater when he played, you know. He was playing behind his head long before Hendrix. I once saw him throw the guitar up in the air and catch it in the same chord.”

Guy began performing in the 1950s and recorded his first album in 1958. Since then he has released 33 studio disks and dozens of live and compilation records.

Guy will perform with a host of Israeli guitarists including Shlomi Bracha of Mashina; pioneering Israeli punk rock guitarist Rami Fortis, currently a judge on The X Factor Israel; blues-folk-rock guitarist Tamar Eisenman; and rocker Ninet, who has opened for Robbie Williams and Cyndi Lauper.

The concert is a charity event raising money for Krembo Wings, an Israeli youth movement for integrating young people with disabilities with their peers.

Tickets are NIS 224 and are available at Eventim.

Blues musician Buddy Guy is to perform in Israel on October 25, 2018. (Courtesy)
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