British post-punk band to return to Tel Aviv five years after first show as part of Crocodiles and Heaven Up Here tour. Prepare for nostalgia!
More international guests are on their way: The famous 80s British band Echo & The Bunnymen will return to Israel in April, five years after their last performance and over 30 years since their first album was released.
The post-punk group was formed in Liverpool in 1978 and its debut album “Crocodiles” was met with critical acclaim and made the UK Top 20. Over the years the band released 11 albums, and many hit singles including “The Killing Moon”, “Bring on the Dancing Horses”, “The Cutter”, “Seven Seas” and many more.
Their original lineup consisted of vocalist Ian McCulloch, guitarist Will Sergeant and bass player Les Pattinson, supplemented by a drum machine. By 1980, Pete de Freitas had joined as the band’s drummer, but in 1989 he was killed in a motorcycle accident.
After the band’s next album “Reverberation” came out and was considered a critical and commercial disappointment, the band decided to split in 1993.
In 1994 McCulloch and Sergeant began working together again under the name Electrafixion; in 1997 Pattinson rejoined the duo, meaning the three surviving members of the original Bunnymen lineup were now working together again. They released the hit album “Evergreen” in 1997. Currently the band’s only original members are McCulloch and Sergeant, who have also nurtured a solo career outside the band for many years.
Echo & the Bunnymen will be arriving in Israel right before their North America tour kicks off in the spring. They are scheduled to take the stage on April 26 at the Reading 3 club in Tel Aviv. Tickets will cost NIS 250 ($69).
Amazing accomplishment: An Israeli hockey team of children ages 11 to 13 took first place in an international tournament recently, beating 91 other teams – all without ever stepping on the ice prior to competition.
The kids, mostly from Bat Yam and Rishon Lezion, dreamed of practicing their hockey moves at a real hockey rink with real ice. Unfortunately the only hockey rink in the entire State of Israel is located up north in Metula, so the inventive team decided to play street hockey instead using rollerblades.
The team, consisting of 17 Israelis, recently competed in a Canadian tournament. They call themselves “The Bat Yam Club” despite the fact that the group members also come from Rishon Lezion as well as two other children from Ma’alot who regularly play ice hockey on real ice.
Many of the teams which took part in the Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament 2011 came from countries where ice hockey is very popular and played by tens of thousands of kids, including: Canada, the United States, Finland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and more.
Israel was considered to be an underdog in the competition due to the fact that Israeli kids, unlike most of the children participating, only practice their hockey moves on dry ground using rollerblades instead of hockey skates. The Israeli team gets to play at the ice rink in Metula only a few times a year.
The Israeli team was able to participate in the Quebec tournament thanks to a donation made by Jewish-Canadian millionaire Sidney Greenberg who paid for most of the expenses. The kids stayed with Canadian families. The families of the children only paid for plane tickets, costing each family about NIS 3,800 ($1,051) per ticket.
The State of Israel did not, of course, contribute a single cent.
Barely saw real snow
“We had five tournament matches, including the final match, and we won them all. The tournament organizers couldn’t believe these kids, who barely even know what real ice hockey looks like,” said Aaron Aharonovich, chairman of the Rishon Lezion hockey club. Together with his Bat Yam counterpart Evgeny Gusin, the two produces and organized the Israeli delegation sent to the tournament.
If winning is not enough, exhibition matches were held after the official games and the Israeli team came out on top once more, beating two teams from Canada and France. They also tied with another Canadian team and only lost once – to Switzerland.
“Honestly I couldn’t believe that these kids could play like that. There was lots of fighting spirit, lots of tactical discipline. We were definitely the talk of the day in the tournament: ‘How could these Middle Eastern guys, most of whom had barely seen any snow in their lives, managed to beat the ice super-powers and take the trophy?’” added Aharonovich.
Team Captain Dani Bodnikov, 13, said: “It was an amazing experience to play in such a big tournament and see such high level hockey teams.”
The outstanding player in the tournament, David Levin, 11.5, said: “It was an incredible feeling to score goals in such a big tournament and beat Canadian groups.”
Liorr Shein, 13, added: “I couldn’t believe we, who practice mostly on roller skates, would be able to bring home the gold medal.”
(JTA) — Actor Charlie Sheen has hired Israeli military veterans as round-the-clock security guards.
The guards were hired over the weekend after a crazed fan broke into his home, surprising Sheen and his entourage as they relaxed by the pool, according to reports.
David Pack of Kansas City, Kan., was arrested for trespassing on March 10 at night, shortly after police completed a raid on Sheen’s home.
Sheen was fired last week from his hit CBS sitcom “Two and a Half Men” in the wake of a rant against the show’s Jewish executive producer that was called “borderline anti-Semitism.” The series was not canceled, however.
Warner Brothers said Sheen’s “statements, conduct and condition prevented him from performing his essential duties.”
Sheen, in a radio interview Feb. 24 and in a letter posted on the TMZ website, called “Two and a Half Men” executive producer Chuck Lorre a “contaminated little maggot,” said he was a “clown” and “stupid,” and referred to him several times as Chaim Levine. Lorre’s given name is Charles Michael Levine.
“By invoking television producer Chuck Lorre’s Jewish name in the context of an angry tirade against him, Charlie Sheen left the impression that another reason for his dislike of Mr. Lorre is his Jewishness,” Abraham Foxman, the Anti-Defamation League’s national director, said in a statement. “This fact has no relevance to Mr. Sheen’s complaint or disagreement, and his words are at best bizarre, and at worst, borderline anti-Semitism.”
Sheen has called on the ADL to apologize. He also claims that he is Jewish because his mother, actress Janet Templeton, is Jewish, and that he is proud of it.