Prior to performing their first ever concert in Israel on June 4th at Tel Aviv's HaYarkon Park, the Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, and Ron Woodmade a pilgrimage to Jerusalem's Wailing Wall. The Wall -- also known as the "Western Wall" -- is among the most sacred sites for followers of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Britain’s Daily Mail reported that Jagger followed two men wearing yarmulkes and placed a hand on the wall. Ron Wood brought his wife, Sally Humphreys, with Charlie Watts -- like Jagger -- going solo for the excursion, two days after his 73rd birthday. Keith Richards passed on the visit.
- That night, the Stones started their show 45 minutes later than usual in order to allow those observing the Jewish holiday Shavuot extra time to get to the show.
- After more than 50 years of performing live, Mick Jagger has learned how to read an audience within minutes of hitting the stage every night: "The audience is, like, very enthusiastic, or maybe medium enthusiastic, or they seem a bit tired, or they've been in the heat all day. And you can tell from their reaction in the first few minutes how the audience is gonna be, and how you should approach the mood of the concert. You watch them and you listen. And also, you have to hear how the sound is. Sometimes, it's, like, a good balance onstage -- sometimes it's not, and you have to adjust things and you tell the sound guy, 'That's too loud . . . that's not loud enough.' And how is the band playing? Are they kind of playing well straight away, or are they a little bit lackadaisical -- or whatever. So, y'know, that first five minutes is really key."
- The Rolling Stones will next perform on Saturday (June 7th) in Landgraaf, Netherlands at the Pinkpop Festival.
CHECK IT OUT: Mick Jagger at Jerusalem's Wailing Wall on Wednesday (June 4th): http://dailym.ai/1j575pW
CHECK IT OUT: The Rolling Stones on June 4th, 2014 performing "Paint It, Black" live in Tel Aviv: