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Vaya Con Dios, the Belgian band whose name means "go with God" in Spanish, is in Israel as part of a world tour to promote its first album after six years, 2004's The Promise. Founded in 1986, the band has achieved great popularity - especially in Europe - with hits including "Just a Friend of Mine," "What a Woman," "Nah Neh Nah" and "Heading for a Fall."
Their music has a distinctive Spanish influence, with mellow rock instrumentation - although this tour covers the gamut, with country, gospel and even crooning numbers making their way into setlists. "Belgium doesn't have a real musical identity of its own, but in Brussels you're in contact with many different cultures," frontwoman Dani Klein recently told The Jerusalem Post's Viva Sarah Press. "I concocted my own musical roots," she says.
Klein is the one remaining member of the original trio following the departure of guitarist Willy Lambregt (who now plays with The Scabs) and bassist Dirk Schoufs (who soon afterwards suffered a drug-related death). For this tour, Klein is backed up by a 15-piece ensemble, cemplete with theatrical, cabaret-style staging. "I've been asked to come to Israel for years, and I always thought it wasn't safe. I've changed, and my opinions have changed. I'm very excited and happy to come over."
Having already played at Jerusalem's International Convention Center this past Wednesday, Vaya Con Dios is scheduled to give its second show at Haifa's Congressional Center tonight at 10; tickets are available from NIS 169 to NIS 249.
The band will then give the last show of its current Israel stint at the Ra'anana Amphitheater tomorrow night at 9. Tickets range from NIS 129 to NIS 249.
Tickets may be purchased by calling (03) 521-5200 or at www.hadran.co.il.