JERUSALEM, ISRAEL – With their gig in Tel Aviv less than a day away, some of the members of the Rolling Stones took some time off Tuesday afternoon to visit that essential landmark for any foreign visitor â€” Jerusalemâ€™s Western Wall.
Guitarist Ronnie Wood, drummer Charlie Watts and touring keyboard player Chuck Leavell were all at hand to witness Judaismâ€™s most sacred spot; Leavell was even photographed wearing a kipa and placing a note at the Kotel â€” as is customary.
Mick Jagger evidently took a jaunt along Israelâ€™s Mediterranean coast, paying a visit to the Roman ruins at Caesarea. Jagger posted a photo standing among the ruins with the Caesarea power plant in the background.
Jagger (who should know his concert halls) calls the ancient Herodian theater at the Roman-era port an amphitheater â€” a term which classically refers to a fully circular venue like the one Pink Floyd performed at live in Pompeii in 1972. (Traditional classical theaters, like the one at Caesarea, are semicircular; weâ€™ll forgive him.)
The Stones touched down in Israel Monday night aboard their private plane, festooned with the bandâ€™s name and logo. The visit marks the bandâ€™s first in Israel, ahead of a much-anticipated concert for 50,000 fans Wednesday night at Tel Avivâ€™s Yarkon Park.
The band arrived with a 70-person entourage, at least 100 more technical and other staff, and some 1,000 tourists who flew in Monday to attend the Wednesday concert. The arrivals were dubbed the Rolling Stones â€œairliftâ€ by Israeli television news anchors.
At least 46,000 tickets had been sold so far.