Well, that’s as fitting a response to the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) ninnies as I have ever seen. Despite loud whining from the usual suspects, Guns n’ Roses performed last night in Tel Aviv in front of a massive, sold out audience. The video above shows GNR guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, aka Ronald Jay Blumenthal, performing Israel’s national anthem Hatikvah before seguing into “Don’t Cry.” To say that the audience, who sang along of course, was enraptured, would be a gross understatement.

Say what you will about Guns ‘n Roses, but it was a great show. Axl’s voice was spot on and he was energetic – bouncing around all over the stage. The band was spectacular, totally professional and totally having a good time. A big thanks goes out to Tommy Stinson, GnR bassist and founding member of the legendary indie band The Replacements, who got me my tickets and “VIP” passes. Tommy’s manager back home is Jewlicious’ own Ben Perlstein, master of logistics, talent and cynical post-hipster humor. I really should thank him. Oh wait… I did:

Hey Ben! Tommy and I say thanks!

Even Rabbi Sarah had fun. She’s more into the female singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco thing. But she got to meet Whit Crane of Ugly Kid Joe (who opened for GnR. When she was 13 she used to listen to “Cat’s Cradle” incessantly and it spurred her to learn guitar. The rest is history.

Whit Crane of Ugly Kid Joe and Rabbi Sarah

So yeah. Another BDS failure. Thanks Guns n’ Roses for a great night!

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Founder and Publisher of Jewlicious, David Abitbol lives in Jerusalem with his wife, newborn daughter and toddler son. Blogging as "ck" he's been blocked on twitter by the right and the left, so he's doing something right.