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Purple Reign

UK’s Deep Purple, Colombia’s Maluma head to Tel Aviv this spring

Sixties rockers to feature songs from latest album covering rock n’ roll classics

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

British rockers Deep Purple will perform from their latest album, 'Turning to Crime,' in Tel Aviv in May 2022 (Courtesy Deep Purple)
British rockers Deep Purple will perform from their latest album, 'Turning to Crime,' in Tel Aviv in May 2022 (Courtesy Deep Purple)

Forget Omicron and threats of a fourth coronavirus wave: Bands and performers are booking concerts in Israel.

The latest additions are British rockers Deep Purple and Colombian singer Maluma, who’ve added concert dates for May and April.

Sixties rockers Deep Purple will perform May 22 at Tel Aviv’s Menora Mivtachim Arena, featuring songs from their latest album, “Turning to Crime,” released in November, a fun pandemic concept featuring the band’s covers of some of rock n’ roll’s best works.

The album was born during the coronavirus lockdowns, when the band couldn’t get together to jam and write music. Instead, they came up with the idea of Deep Purple-inspired covers of songs, with a playlist of rock favorites voted on by band members.

There’s a wide mix of music on the album, from Ray Charles to Stevie Nicks, with each song recorded by the Deep Purple musicians in their own home studios and then mixed together.

Tickets for Deep Purple are available at Ticketmaster.

Colombia’s Maluma will bring his brand of reggaton music and style to the same venue on April 10, where the concert will include a 360-degree stage.

It will be the 27-year-old singer’s third time performing in Israel, following a 2017 performance at Park HaYarkon and then another concert at Rishon Lezion Live Park a few months later.

Tickets are available on the Eventim website.

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