Brian Jonestown Massacre to make Israel debut

Eclectic psychedelic cult rockers coming to wreak havoc on Tel Aviv in July.

March 11, 2012 21:36
Anton Newcombe

Anton Newcombe 390. (photo credit: Shotio Ishitiawa)


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Eclectic psychedelic cult rockers The Brian Jonestown Massacre are coming to wreak havoc on Tel Aviv. The veteran American indie favorites, led by eccentric frontman Anton Newcombe, will be staging one show on July 11 at the Barby Club, their first foray in the country since forming in the early 1990s.

From their provocative name – an homage to Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones and the infamous 1978 mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana – to their occasionally unpredictable stage behavior, the band achieved a level of notoriety that’s only been kept at bay by the high quality of the music, which draws in equal measures from 1960s psychedelia, folk and blues, and grungy rock.

Among the band’s dozen albums are Strung Out in Heaven and Who Killed Sgt. Pepper? The band was also the subject, along with contemporaries The Dandy Warhols, of a 2004 award-winning documentary, Dig!, which is regularly screened on local cable movie channels.

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