"You can't always get what you want" but the Rolling Stones did with $6.7 mill for their upcoming Israel gig
It comes as no surprise that rock legends the Rolling Stones have been offered a whopping $6.7 million to perform in Israel… and they said YES! "You can't always get what you want," goes the classic Rolling Stones song, but they certainly did!
The British rockers will be setting the stage on fire on June 4. It seems that with that amount of money on offer, it wasn’t too difficult for promoter Shuki Weiss to beat other promoters to the punch.
According to Israel’s Channel 2, Weiss said that he would retire after bringing the Stones to Israel. It’s happy retirement to you then Mr. Weiss!
But it gets better; regardless of how many tickets are sold, the Stones will still earn the agreed sum for their Hayarkon Park, Tel Aviv, performance.
Channel 2 reported that the band were also going all or nothing for other appearances in their upcoming European tour, such as $5 million for a stadium show in France.
Weiss better be making a lot of profit from this risky investment, as the total cost of the production will set him back an estimated $9.2 million - phwoar - including venue hire, promotion and marketing, value added tax, and other costs, according to Channel 2.
This might be possible to achieve as Weiss is expecting to sell some 70,000 tickets ranging between $130 and $430.
But there might be just a teeny weeny problem facing Weiss now. According to a legal agreement signed by the municipalities of Tel Aviv and neighboring Ramat Gan, there has to be a gap of 17 days between shows in the park; Justin Timberlake is performing just a week before the “Wild Horses” hit-makers.
One industry source told Channel 2, however, that Stones fans needn’t worry just yet. If Weiss manages to convince Mayor Ron Huldai that the show is important for the city's image, the source said, the show may just be able to go on.
This will mark the Stones's second time in the region. In February the band rocked Abu Dhabi for the first time in their 50-years on stage. It was something of a moment to treasure for Abu Dhabi as a developing entertainment and cultural centre.