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Hugh Laurie weighing Israel gig

‘Im yirtzeh hashem,’ actor-musician tells Twitter follower when asked about rumored blues performance in July

Hugh Laurie (Photo credit: Youtube screen capture)
Hugh Laurie (Photo credit: Youtube screen capture)

Is Doctor Gregory House on his way to Israel to give us a piece of his mind? Well, if by “House” you mean acclaimed English actor/comedian/musician Hugh Laurie, and if by “giving us a piece of his mind” you mean performing his music before Israeli audiences — well, in that case, the answer is a resounding…maybe.

Israeli media has reported in recent days that Laurie is headed to Raanana in July as part of an international tour promoting his second studio album, “Didn’t it Rain.”

Asked by Israeli journalist Shaul Amsterdamski on Twitter Tuesday if the rumors were true, Laurie tweeted “Im yirtzeh hashem” (Hebrew for “God willing”).

So a performance seems to be on the table, at the very least.

Laurie, best known for his work on British comedy “Blackadder” and for his portrayal of the cantankerous Doctor House on the hit Fox television series, has actually been playing music his whole life, but only ventured into the professional field in recent years, focusing on blues, R&B and jazz.

His first album, 2011’s “Let Them Talk,” received generally positive reviews and was the top-selling blues album in the UK in 2011, according to

The news comes close on the heels of the announcement Tuesday that The Rolling Stones will perform in Tel Aviv on June 4 as part of their “14 On Fire” world tour. The concert had been rumored for months, but organizers were only able to announce the official confirmation at a press conference in Tel Aviv on Tuesday.

“This is a historic moment,” said producer Shuki Weiss, who has been trying to get the band to Israel for much of his career. “It’s a huge honor to bring the Rolling Stones to Israel, an honor for the country, the citizens, and mostly for the fans who have waited for this moment.”

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