Music: Israel in a frenzy for Eros Ramazzotti concert

Italian singer to play Tel Aviv on April 30

31 December, 11:43

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, DECEMBER 31 - Anyone who has visited Israel knows that it's not unusual to hear some of the most famous songs by Eros Ramazzoti playing in the background at a bar, on a beach, or in a taxi, said the magazine of Italy's Jewish community, Pagine Ebraiche (Jewish Pages).

    Israel has been wild for the Roman singer for at least the past 20 years, and recent news that he will play a concert in Tel Aviv on April 30 as part of his "Perfetto Tour" has been greeted by local fans with rapture. On the Israeli Facebook page dedicated to Ramazzotti, comments arrived immediately, said Pagine Ebraiche.

    "I've read this news four times and I still can't believe it," wrote a commenter named Anat.

    "Are you serious?? This is a dream come true," wrote Ofer.

    "Mom, buy me a ticket," wrote Liam.

    "When can we buy tickets?" wrote Mor.

    The singer who has sold 60 million albums and performed in various successful duets - from Anastacia to Tina Turner, from Ricky Martin to Cher - will play Tel Aviv's Menora Mivtachim Arena, famous home of Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball, which holds over 8,000 spectators.

    Helicon Music is bringing Ramazzotti to Israel, led by Guy Messer and Shay Mor Yosef of BlueStone Productions, the duo behind Enrique Iglesias's sold-out concert last fall as well as past concerts by Rihanna, Bon Jovi, and One Republic.

    Their ambitious plans even include a project to create an Israeli music festival along the lines of California's Coachella.

    Surely even Israeli model Bar Refaeli is enthusiastic about the news, after confessing to being a fan of Ramazzotti's during her appearance at the Sanremo Music Festival in 2013.

    "Ramazzotti, who I really like, is a true idol in Israel, irresistible to all the girls," she said at the time.

    Watch your wallets though, said Pagine Ebraiche: tickets will start at 290 shekels (about 68 euros) and go for as much as 1,800 shekels (423 euros).(ANSAmed).

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