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Mariah Carey to perform in Israel on August 18

Rishon Lezion concert brings pop superstar back to Israel less than two months after her first-ever visit in June

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

TEL AVIV — Just weeks after her June visit, pop superstar Mariah Carey has announced an August 18 performance in the Rishon Lezion Live Park Amphitheater.

“Shalom Israel, I will be coming to see you live on August 18, so come to see me! Shalom,” said Carey in a recording shown at a Tel Aviv press conference.

Tickets went on sale Wednesday morning, said Ran Rahav, the Israeli public relations guru handling Carey’s concert.

The concert, which was arranged during Carey’s recent visit to Israel in late June, was fairly simple to arrange, said concert promoter Lia Luzon of Bookmark Entertainment.

Carey’s June visit was her first trip to Israel, made with beau James Packer, an Australian businessman and friend of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who reportedly recently bought a home in Tel Aviv.

“She was here in June, and she loved it here,” said Luzon. “It was the magic of Jerusalem, of Tel Aviv. It just made it all come together very easily.”

The concert is not part of a worldwide tour, said Luzon, as Carey is currently in residence at Las Vegas’ Caesars Palace. Her latest album was “#1 to Infinity,” a greatest hits compilation of all of her eighteen Billboard number one singles.

Carey has won five Grammy awards, 19 World Music Awards, 11 American Music Awards and 14 Billboard Music Awards. She has been labeled the “songbird supreme” by Guinness World Records and is known for her intensive vocal range, musical power and high notes.

Singer Mariah Carey strolls hand-in-hand with her significant other, Australian businessman James Packer, in Capri, Italy, in June 2015. (screen capture: YouTube)
Singer Mariah Carey strolls hand-in-hand with her significant other, Australian businessman James Packer, in Capri, Italy, in June 2015. (screen capture: YouTube)

“It’s just a one-time concert,” said Luzon. “She was excited about Israel and was happy to come and perform here, and we were able to meet her and arrange this.”

“It’s not the Vegas show,” added Luzon. “It’s a specific show that will be done here; you could say it will be created for us.”

What’s also unusual about Carey’s upcoming concert is the cost of the tickets, said Rahav.

The price of entry to the concert will range from NIS 249 for lawn seats to NIS 399 for Golden Ring tickets and NIS 599-699 for seated VIP tickets. This is part of the current trend to offer tickets at more affordable prices than for other concerts by top performers.

The tickets are cheaper than usual for an international star in order to “really allow all of the State of Israel to come to the concert,” said Rahav. “A lot of Israelis are crazy about her and this allows them to see her.”

Luzon agreed. “I’m not putting all my eggs in this one basket,” she said. “We have other concerts, other performances, and I don’t have to earn everything from this one concert.”

With 10,000 seats available at the Rishon Lezion arena, there are good views from every seat, said Luzon, and an “amazing stage.” With better stage equipment and dressing rooms, it’s a better place for hosting global stars, she said.

As of Wednesday, the singer still had not announced a warm-up act for the August 18 concert.

But buy tickets fast, Rahav warned, because they would sell out quickly.

Tickets are available through or by calling *2207.

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