I love Israel – I’ve been back since the Cinerama show on a private visit with my wife and two children. We fell in love with the country and its people. In America, there’s a stigma that all of Israel is like Gaza. I know it’s different.
Megadeth will be performing in Israel for the first tme in 10 years on Wednesday at the Metalist Festival just south of Tel Aviv. Mustain, who started off playing with Metallica and has since done stints with Heroin, DUI and rehab, is currently a born again x-ian who refuses to play with Satanists. Mustaine told the organizers of Metalist that they had to drop death metal band Dissection from the festival or risk losing their headliner. Despite being arguably 10 years past his prime Mustaine got his way and the presumably Satan worshipping band got booted off the bill.
Megadeth will be the first of three major bands to play in Israel since the February “ceasefire” declared between Sharon and the PA’s Mahmoud Abbas (the other two being the Scorpions in July and Phil Collins, slated for this fall).
While the Heavy metal genre never moved me much, I’ll be checking out the festival (along with ck, and possibly Harry?) for the same article as the hippies. We’ll see if Israeli metal heads are hot too, eh? ck says he’s sure they’re just going to be stinky.