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Kanye touches down for concert, followed by Bon Jovi

The rapper and the rocker will hole up at the Dan Tel Aviv for the duration of their separate stays

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

Kanye West performing at Lollapalooza in Chile in 2011 (Courtesy Rodrigo Ferrari/CC BY-SA 2.0)
Kanye West performing at Lollapalooza in Chile in 2011 (Courtesy Rodrigo Ferrari/CC BY-SA 2.0)

Kanye West must have a special solution for jetlag. The American rapper touched down at 2 p.m. Wednesday from Los Angeles, just hours ahead of his Wednesday night concert at the Ramat Gan stadium.

The rapper, songwriter, producer and fashion designer, also known for his marriage to the mega-celebrity Kim Kardashian, was last here in June, at the tail end of a roots trip through Armenia, with Kardashian, whose family is American-Armenian.

He offered an impromptu concert during his stop in Jerusalem, but canceled when a long day of touring tired him out.

A few weeks later, local concert promoters announced his September 30 concert in Ramat Gan.

West, like many celeb rockers, will stay at the Dan Tel Aviv in the hotel’s royal suite. His entourage, which includes his own personal bodyguards, will occupy a total of 40 rooms in the five-star hotel.

According to public relations firm Ran Rahav, West also requested coconut water — the staple drink of many an American in 2015 — tonic water and diet peach iced tea, but no alcohol or sweets, just fruit.

When West checks out on Friday, the Dan Tel Aviv will have to quickly turn over his rooms, as rocker Jon Bon Jovi and his eponymously-named band, Bon Jovi, arrive on Friday, ahead of their Saturday night, October 3 concert in Yarkon Park in Tel Aviv.

Jon Bon Jovi (center) and Bon Jovi band members in Taipei this week (Courtesy Bon Jovi Twitter feed)
Jon Bon Jovi (center) and Bon Jovi band members in Taipei this week (Courtesy Bon Jovi Twitter feed)

Bon Jovi and their entourage will spend four days in Tel Aviv, occupying 20 rooms in the Dan Tel Aviv. Their list of requests differ from West’s, with lots of water, and alcohol, on the list, as well as synthetic pillows and hypoallergenic products, including towels.

The New Jersey rockers, currently on tour, have had several concerts canceled during their 13-month run, including a recent one on Monday night in Taipei, due to a looming typhoon.

It was supposed to be the band’s first Taiwanese concert in 20 years. Prior to arriving in Israel, the band is performing in Abu Dhabi.

Bon Jovi was asked by musician Roger Waters and other supporters of the Boycott Divestment Sanctions movement to cancel their Israel concert, but a local promoter said that Bon Jovi, a longtime Democrat who recently hosted a fundraiser for presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, “couldn’t care less.”

Bon Jovi’s performance in Tel Aviv is the last of the band’s current world tour.

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