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Truth is stranger than fiction

Still fresh from disturbing the priest, Deep Purple gained another unusual support act for September 9 performance in Tel Aviv, Israel — a Spinal Tap-ish muppet outfit called Red Band, which is a regular on local TV:

Throw into a blender the puppet mastery of The Muppets, the satirical insight of classic Christopher Guest music spoofs like Spinal Tap and A Mighty Wind and the teen grossout dialogue of cartoons like South Park; add a dollop of Israeli sensibility, pop culture and slang, and you get Redband, featuring a scruffy trio of life-sized puppet musicians. Orbach, Lefty and Poncho make up the fictitious rock group Redband, and they are joined by a cast of human actors. The show aims to both shock and amuse, and it succeeds on both counts.

One of the main reasons for the final choice made by the promoters (and, apparently, by the band themselves) is due to the programme’s slogan — “Rock’n’roll is back, and in purple” –- referring to the purple-hued lead singer, confusingly named Red.

Thanks to Jerusalem Post and Nightwatcher’s House of Rock for the info.

4 Comments to “Truth is stranger than fiction”:

  1. 1
    Mike says:

    It says: “They are the founding fathers of Israeli rock. They put out an album that became a classic. And then …. they disappeared. Rock n’ roll is back, and in purple.”

  2. 2
    Mike says:

    Here’s the horrible irony. I’ve been a Purple freak since 1973. I have never seen them and it is largely because of all the years I spent in Israel. Now, they’re coming to Israel and I’m here in the states.

  3. 3
    udi edut says:

    THANK YOU, thank you for arriving to ISREAL.
    yesterday i was present in the first of four concerts-


    did i say THANK YOU dp?, I did, never mind i can say it again.


    next year at jerusalem!!

  4. 4
    Tracy Heyder says:

    Don’t worry MIKE……you will get your chance here, eventually. When you do…..HOLD ON!!!!! You are in for a Real Treat.


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