Imagine Dragons warmup band AJR tours Israel ahead of Tuesday show

The Nevada indie pop band sells out all 60,000 tickets to Yarkon Park concert

Jessica Steinberg, The Times of Israel's culture and lifestyles editor, covers the Sabra scene from south to north and back to the center

AJR band members eating Anita ice cream in Tel Aviv's Neve Tzedek neighborhood ahead of their August 29, 2023 warmup show for Imagine Dragons in Yarkon Park (Courtesy PR)
AJR band members eating Anita ice cream in Tel Aviv's Neve Tzedek neighborhood ahead of their August 29, 2023 warmup show for Imagine Dragons in Yarkon Park (Courtesy PR)

Fans of indie pop trio AJR may spot band members around Israel ahead of their Tuesday night show in Tel Aviv.

The three brothers in AJR, Adam, Jack, and Ryan Metzger, arrived in Israel Friday and were spotted eating ice cream at Anita Gelato in Tel Aviv’s Neve Tzedek neighborhood and walking around the city’s Carmel food market.

The entourage was planning to tour Israel by helicopter, from the Golan Heights down to Jerusalem and the Dead Sea.

The name AJR comes from the first initials of the three brothers, whose musical style combines elements of pop, electronic, and dubstep. The three will warm up the crowd on Tuesday night.

More than 60,000 tickets were sold for Imagine Dragon’s August 29 show in Tel Aviv’s outdoor venue of Yarkon Park.

The indie pop band, including lead singer Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee and drummer Daniel Platzman, began gaining exposure ten years ago with its award-winning debut album, and was termed a breakout band in 2013 by MTV and Billboard.

Lead singer Reynolds cites Nirvana, The Beatles, Coldplay and U2 as some of the band’s artistic influences, and the band has been praised for a genre-bending style.

Imagine Dragons is also credited with keeping arena rock popular during the 2010s, as attested by the upcoming, sold-out Tel Aviv show.

Promoter Live Nation cautioned fans not to try and purchase tickets from any ticket seller other than Ticketmaster, since tickets are no longer available.

Live Nation also asked audience members to come to the show via public transportation, given the lack of parking spaces.

Gates will open at 6 p.m. and AJR will head onstage about an hour later.

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