Two of the world’s biggest alternative rock bands from the 1990 – the Pixies and
Soundgarden – have been booked to headline a two-day festival on June 17 and 18
at Bloomfield Stadium.
The highly influential American post-punk Pixies,
led by Frank Black, will perform on June 17, and the hard-rocking grunge
pioneers Soundgarden, with Chris Cornell at the helm, will take center stage the
Cornell has performed in Israel twice as a solo artist, in 2009
and 2012. Soundgarden, which broke up in 1997, reunited in 2010.
enjoyed performing in Israel so much in recent years, and I’m really excited to
be returning finally with Soundgarden,” said Cornell in a statement.
the Pixies and promoter Shuki Weiss, the show will be the culmination of a long
story that began in 2010. The Pixies, who had broken up in the mid-1990s and
reformed bigger than ever in 2003, were slated to headline a Weiss-promoted
festival in Tel Aviv.
However, in the aftermath of the Mavi Marmara
incident in which nine Turkish activists aboard the Gaza-bound aid ship were
killed, the group ended up being one of the high profile cancellations to Israel
that year, amid rumored pressure on them to back out of the show.
time, the Pixies issued a statement saying that the decision was not taken
lightly and stated that “we’d like to extend our deepest apologies to the fans,
but events beyond all our control have conspired against us. We can only hope
for better days, in which we will finally present the long awaited visit of the
Pixies in Israel.”
Evidently, those better days are here, and Weiss on
Sunday called the booking the “realization of a dream.
He added that
additional performers for both days of the festival would be announced during
the first few weeks of 2014.