The Rolling Stones perform in Tel Aviv. The Rolling Stones perform in Tel Aviv. The Rolling Stones perform in Tel Aviv. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

Rolling Stones rock out in their historic Israel debut

Legendary band gets a warm welcome at first-ever Tel Aviv appearance.

Some 50,000 fans packed the amphitheater at Hayarkon Park in Tel Aviv Wednesday night for the first-ever Rolling Stones concert in Israel.

"What a joy to be in Israel for the first time," Rolling Stones' keyboardist Chuck Leavell told From the Grapevine after the show. "The Tel Aviv show was incredible. Now we just need to make sure we get to come back!"

The concert began with "Start Me Up" and was peppered with the band's classic tunes throughout the two-hour show. Mick Jagger ended the concert by telling the crowd "good night" in Hebrew. The final encore was "Satisfaction."

"Mick Jagger was simply phenomenal," said Sharon Zangi, an Israeli real estate agent. "He had learned enough Hebrew to be able to talk to us in our own language. ... It was really very touching."

The crowd at Hayarkon ParkThe crowd at Hayarkon Park. (Photo by Courtney McCabe)

Ronnie WoodLead guitarist Ronnie Wood performs in Tel Aviv. (Photo by Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

Watch the band perform "Paint it Black" at the Israel show:

The concert concluded with a fireworks display:

Members of the band - including drummer Charlie Watts, guitarist Ronnie Wood and keyboardist Chuck Leavell - visited Jerusalem the day before the show.

Chuck Leavell at the Western WallKeyboard player Chuck Leavell visits Jerusalem before the concert. (Photo by Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images)

"My tour of Jerusalem on our day off was awesome," Leavell said. "We are all enjoying the warm and wonderful reception and hospitality here. Not to mention the fabulous food!"


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