To the bone

Progressive rock musician Steven Wilson to play Israel

The talented solo artist and founder of Porcupine Tree has collaborated with Israeli artists Ninet Tayeb and Orphaned Land

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

Progressive rock guitarist Steven Wilson will perform, presumably barefoot, as usual, at Tel Aviv’s Charles Bronfman Auditorium on February 2, 2019, as part of his “To the Bone” world tour.

The English musician, 50, is known for his switchbacks between musical styles and his myriad musical roles, including composer, producer and audio engineer as well as guitarist, keyboard player and performer of other instruments.

He’s also famous for performing barefoot, as reminder of his childhood, but reportedly now allows himself a rug onstage in order to avoid injuring himself.

Wilson’s “To the Bone” world tour celebrates his studio album of the same name, his fifth, a work of expansive, progressive pop, and will bring him to more than 60 cities in North America, Europe, Japan and Australia.

He wrote on his website that his latest album is inspired by the beloved progressive pop albums of his youth, such as Peter Gabriel’s “So,” Kate Bush’s “Hounds of Love,” Talk Talk’s “Colour of Spring” and Tears for Fears’ “Seeds of Love.”

Guitarist Steven Wilson will perform in Tel Aviv’s Charles Bronfman Auditorium on February 2, 2019 (Courtesy Shuki Weiss)

The album’s eleven tracks tackle the notions of truth in today’s world, the lives of refugees, terrorists and religious fundamentalists and some “joyous wide-eyed escapism,” wrote Wilson on his website. “Something for all the family!”

Wilson, who founded and was the lead vocalist and guitarist of the Porcupine Tree band, has had four Grammy nominations for various albums and collaborates widely, including with Israeli artists Ninet Tayeb and local heavy metal band Orphaned Land.

Tayeb also worked with Wilson on the “To the Bone” album, with vocals on the song “Pariah.” (See video above.)

Wilson will perform in Israel with bassist Nick Beggs, drummer Craig Blundell, guitarist Alex Hutchins and pianist Adam Holzman. Promoter Shuki Weiss is handling Wilson’s performance in Israel.

Tickets for the February 2 concert start at NIS 184 and are available through Eventim.

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