QUEEN IN TEL AVIV – HAVA NAGILA
JEWISH TELEGRAPH AGENCY
13 September 2016
The greatest Jewish moment of the Queen+Adam Lambert concert came from the most unexpected of places.
During a solo, lead guitarist and original band member Brian May turned a riff that sounded suspiciously like a Queen song into that ubiquitous of Jewish melodies, “Hava Nagila.”
You’d think more than 50,000 Israelis toughened by living in the world’s hottest and most violent neighborhood would not be moved by something as kitschy as that, but the shouts and applause showed otherwise. In May’s hands, “Hava Nagila” didn’t just sound like a little folk tune that Jews dance in circles to at a wedding. It sounded, well, epic. Think Jimi Henrix playing the “Star Spangled Banner” at Woodstock … only Jewish.
You kind of wish that the Jewish highlight would have been Adam Lambert, he being Jewish and all.
American singer Adam Lambert performing with the British band Queen at a concert in Park Hayarkon, Tel Aviv, Sept. 12, 2016. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)
Adam Lambert speaking Hebrew at Queen Concert Tel Aviv 2016