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Israeli band Izabo signs to British label
Local rockers Izabo have been signed
to the British record label 100% Records. The veteran band which performs its
mix of hard rock, high-pitched wailing vocals, Arabic-tinged guitar work and
dance beats in English, will see the first single off of its upcoming third
album released in England next month by the label, which boasts Moby, Orchestral
Maneuvers in the Dark and Matisyahu among its roster.
featuring Ran Shem Tov, Shiri Hadar, Jonathan Levi and Nir Mantzur has already
built up a following in Europe with numerous festival appearances based on the
popularity of its second album, 2008’s Super Light which was released by Sony
The band’s next local appearance is scheduled for July 28 at the
Ozen Bar in Tel Aviv.
• David Brinn John Cale returns to Israel
Underground co-founder and rock bon vivant John Cale is returning to Israel for
two shows – on August 2 at the Zappa Club and the next night at the Barby Club,
both in Tel Aviv.
It will be the legendary singer/songwriter’s fifth
visit to Israel and his first since 2006, when he performed two strong shows
with songs encompassing his long, varied career.
In addition to his
influential 1960s work along with Lou Reed in the seminal Velvet Underground,
Cale has enjoyed a successful cult solo career, including one of the
quintessential albums of the 1970s – Paris 1919.
According to some, Cale
also recorded the definitive version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”
also was behind the helm for some of the seminal punk albums of the 1970s, as
producer of The Modern Lovers and Patti Smith’s 1975 debut Horses.
David Brinn Guitarist Pat Metheny to perform in TA
Jazz guitar legend Pat
Metheny will be returning to Israel for a show on November 26 at Hangar 11 in
The 56-year-old Metheny has won 17 Grammys and sold over 20
million records over his career, while collaborating with everyone from David
Bowie and Joni Mitchell to Herbie Hancock and Ahinoam Nini.
first show here since 2000, the large venue will be set up as a big jazz club
with seating around tables.
• David Brinn ‘Thriller’ jacket sets auction record
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A leather jacket worn by Michael Jackson for his
“Thriller” video sold for $1.8 million at an auction on Sunday to a Texas gold
trader who plans to use it to raise money for children’s hospitals
The black and red calf leather jacket with winged shoulders
was one of two used for the shoot. The other one, in scuffed condition, is owned
by the Jackson estate.
The one sold by Julien’s auction house in Beverly
Hills is in better shape and is signed on the sleeve by Jackson. It was designed
by Deborah Landis, the wife of “Thriller” director John Landis. Jackson
presented it to the vendors, Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush, his longtime
It sold to Milton Verret of Austin, Texas, who showed
up in person to triumph over about a dozen bidders from around the
“It is one of the most important pieces of rock ‘n’ roll
memorabilia in history,” Verret told Reuters. His collection also includes
another Jackson jacket and guitars signed by members of U2.
underway to show the “Thriller” jacket at Dell Children's Hospital in Austin,
before sending it around the world to display during charity events. A portion
of the auction proceeds will benefit an animal reserve where Jackson’s two
Bengal tigers reside.James Spader may join ‘The Office’
(Reuters) – The Office is close to naming a new boss. According to sources,
James Spader is finalizing a deal to become a series regular on
U.S. network NBC’s top-rated comedy.
The move, first reported by
EW.com, would follow Spader’s successful turn on the season finale as one of
multiple celebrity guest stars who were vying for Michael Scott’s job as boss at
Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton office.
But sources say the plan is for Spader
to actually get an even better job: CEO of Dunder Mifflin, replacing Kathy
Spader does not have a deal, and talks are said to be in the
early stage. But his character, the absurdly named Robert California, is
expected to be introduced in the series premiere as a replacement for Steve
Carrell’s Scott. He'll immediately begin empire-building and get himself kicked
upstairs, say sources.
Meanwhile THR has reported that British comedian
Catherine Tate, who also guest-starred on the finale, is a favorite of the