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IN HONOR OF PASSOVER: JEWS WHO ROCK INCLUDE PERRY FARRELL, GEDDY LEE, BEASTIE BOYS

4/6/2012

Passover, one of the holiest of Jewish holidays, begins on Saturday (April 7th) and Spinner.com has commemorated the occasion with a list of some of our most famous Jewish musicians. Among them is Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth, who told us a while back what being Jewish means to him: "I value my culture, and my traditions, and the food, and what amounts to a whole, y'know, society gig way more than most people value their other religions. Somebody's gonna raise their hand and go, 'What about spaghetti? That's Catholic!' Well, (laughs) no, that's Italian (laughs). A lot of Italians are Catholic, but (laughs) it's not the same as chicken soup, though. (Laughs) To the best I can discern, there is no such thing as Buddhist chicken soup (laughs)."

  • Also on Spinner's list is Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell, who was born Peretz Bernstein and still studies the Torah;
  • Rush bassist/singer Geddy Lee, whose parents were Polish Holocaust survivors who got married a few months after being liberated from a concentration camp;
  • All three Beastie Boys, who rapped about their religion for the first time on 2004's To The 5 Boroughs;
  • Lenny Kravitz, who admits he had trouble getting a yarmulke to stay on his afro when he was a kid;
  • And the late Joey Ramone, a.k.a. Jeffrey Hyman, who was so incensed that then-President Ronald Reagan visited a German cemetery where SS soldiers were buried that he wrote a song about it called "Bonzo Goes To Bitburg."
  • Other famous Jews who rock include Bob Dylan, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of Kiss, Lou Reed, Billy Joel, Drake and Steven Page of Barenaked Ladies.

CHECK IT OUT: See Spinner's complete gallery at http://tinyurl.com/7j8rgcy

Learn more about Passover at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passover

David Lee Roth explains what being Jewish means to him

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