(photo credit: Ori Shifrin)
With smoky red lights, deep bass, and the hum of over 5,000 fans, Mark Ronson
& The Business Intl. turned the stadium at The Tel Aviv Exhibition
Center from an empty hall, to a raving dance party.
Opening with “Lose it
in the End,” a single from their 2010 album Record Collection, Ronson and band
began by saying, “Let’s turn this place into New York City Circa 1995. We’re
gonna lose our s*** for a minute.”
Lose it they did. The high energy of
the neo disco pop carried throughout the night thanks to the talents of MNDR,
Rose Elinor Dougall, and Kyle Falconer who make up the Business
Halfway through the show, Ronson introduced guest performer Boy
George, who was welcomed by a deafening, exuberant crowd. In a black suit,
purple sequence hat and rocking eye shadow, the one-time 1980s iconic front man
for Culture Club performed “Somebody to Love Me” from Record Collection
another guest, Alex Greenwald, and then took it back to the ’80s with a cool
rendition of, “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me” from Culture Club’s 1982 album,
Kissing to Be Clever.
Greenwald, the former front man to the band Phantom
Planet, also performed a song of his own; the 2002 hit, “California.” The young,
hipster audience was surprisingly ecstatic and not only cheered wildly but sang
along to every word.
Ronson, who has worked with many well-known artists
like Lily Allen and Robbie Williams, might be best known for producing the
landmark 2007 Amy Winehouse album Back to Black. He paid tribute to the late
singer towards the end of the show, pausing to say, “Make yourself heard if you
like the music of Amy Winehouse! I wouldn’t be here without Amy and her immense
The band then performed the album’s title song, as well as the
well-known hit, “Valerie” from Ronson’s 2007 album, Version
was not Ronson's first time in Israel, and hopefully not the last.
certainly seemed thrilled to be back in Tel Aviv :”It is (freaking) good to be
here! Let’s make this (freaking) s*** legendary.”