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Hush! Deep Purple heads back to Israel

The hard-rocking English band announces its sixth Israel performance, to play Rishon Lezion at festival in May

Jessica Steinberg covers the Sabra scene from south to north and back to the center.

Hard rock pioneers Deep Purple announced their sixth performance in Israel, headlining the Rockstar Festival taking place May 22 in Rishon Lezion.

Five of the band’s veteran rockers, including vocalist Ian Gillian, drummer Ian Paice, bass player Roger Glover, guitarist Steve Morse and keyboardist Don Airey, now all in their sixties, will perform in the one-night festival.

The concert set list will include the band’s most popular hits, said local promoter Udi Appleboim, including “Smoke on the Water,” “Child in Time,” “April” and “Highway Star,” as well as songs from Deep Purple’s most recent 2013 album, “Now What?!”

They’ll follow three local bands, classic rockers Aperco, Amity and Atlantica, a Jerusalem band once chronicled in a HOT cable comedy by the same name.

Deep Purple appeared on “Atlantica,” trying to give advice to the beleaguered band, while in Israel for their February 2014 performance.

The band, which has been around since 1968, moving from alternative rock into a harder, more heavy metal sound, is very popular in Israel, selling out their two shows during their 2008 performances in Caesarea and their 2014 shows.

A large portion of Deep Purple’s Israeli fans are immigrants from Russian-speaking countries, where there has long been a fan base for the rock band.

Tickets are being sold online at Leaan and range from NIS 290 for seats on the lawn to NIS 600 for VIP seats and NIS 690 for Golden Ring seats.

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