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Israel does not need Elvis Costello or Roger Waters to Rock
americanthinker.com ^ | 6/14/2014 | Michael Curtis

Posted on 06/14/2014 6:38:59 AM PDT by rktman

Sir Elton John has never claimed to be the outstanding political commentator of our time. Yet on June 17, 2010, during his concert performance in the Ramat Gan Tel Aviv stadium, he rebuked the hypocrisy, sanctimoniousness and bigotry of the boycotters of the State of Israel with his remark that “we don’t cherry-pick our conscience.” Elton John has refused to bow to pressure from anti-Israeli activists.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Israel; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: idfrocks; israel
Rock on Sir Elton. And, just recently, the Stones basically told roger waters to pound sand and they rocked the house in Israel. So, I'm just wondering how many of the Israel boycotters are planning concerts in the palestinian areas? Let's see if the plo will bend to these rock(head)ers wishes in their contracts for 2 cases of absolut vodka and other demands. Uh, prolly not.
1 posted on 06/14/2014 6:38:59 AM PDT by rktman
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To: rktman

Yeah I don’t see too many of the Israel haters rushing to tour Gaza or the West Bank.


2 posted on 06/14/2014 6:41:44 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: rktman

Haters are going to hate......


3 posted on 06/14/2014 6:42:03 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: rktman

Elvis Costello and Roger Waters - all that talent, and not a lick of sense.


4 posted on 06/14/2014 6:45:36 AM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: rktman

It’s nice to see that some of these people aren’t complete imbeciles.

I’ve always thought that Elton John, no matter or weird or wacky his persona has never lost the “common touch”. And he is very fair minded. I saw him interviewed after he sang that song at Princess Diana’s funeral. You’ll remember it was “Candle in the Wind” with new lyrics. And the interviewer said to him: so, you re-wrote the song for this...and Elton John said: well, actually Bernie Taupin re-wrote the song. My guess is a lot of people would have said, oh yes, I did. Or maybe “we did”, but he gave all the credit to the other guy.

And I’ve always thought Mick Jagger is smart. A little nuts, maybe, but not in any way dumb.


5 posted on 06/14/2014 6:46:10 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: Psalm 73
Costello, Penn and Sheen.
6 posted on 06/14/2014 6:48:42 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: jocon307

Elton played at Rush’s wedding for one million dollars. Guess he likes a buck as much as anyone.


7 posted on 06/14/2014 6:51:43 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch (http://thegatwickview.tumblr.com/ http://thepurginglutheran.tumblr.com/)
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That’s right, I’d forgotten that. IMHO it’s nuts to pay that kind of money for entertainment. Rush probably could have hired the Boston Pops for a fraction of that. (That’s what I’d do!)

I was such a huge fan of Elton John when I was younger. After he got super famous I wasn’t that crazy about his stuff, but I do still like him as a person. And of course I still love his old songs.


8 posted on 06/14/2014 7:04:27 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: rktman

Music is forbidden by fundamentalist Isamicists.

Actually this won’t pose much of a problem for most of the so-called “artists” who are working so diligently to usher in the global Calliphate.


9 posted on 06/14/2014 7:12:23 AM PDT by Junk Silver
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To: rktman

I’m a MUCH bigger fan of Pink Floyd than Elton John (Just look at my username), but I gotta hand it to Sir Elton here. He played Israel, ignoring his left-wing cohorts, AND he played Rush Limbaugh’s wedding. How cool is that! Besides, I was a huge fan of his back in the early 70s, like every other kid in America.

The whole BDS movement is just thinly disguised antisemitism, and in Waters’ case it’s not so thinly disguised.


10 posted on 06/14/2014 7:14:29 AM PDT by Cymbaline ("Allahu Akbar": Arabic for "Nothing To See Here" - Mark Steyn)
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To: jocon307

Jagger was attending and getting high grades at the London School of Economics when the Rolling Stones were formed; he is no slouch intellectually.


11 posted on 06/14/2014 7:25:28 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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Thanks rktman.
Elton John... rebuked the hypocrisy, sanctimoniousness and bigotry of the boycotters of the State of Israel with his remark that “we don’t cherry-pick our conscience.”

12 posted on 06/14/2014 7:32:08 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Psalm 73

You’re half right.


13 posted on 06/14/2014 7:32:30 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: rktman

I sat through 45 minutes of PETA crap waiting for Sir Paul to take the stage. Sir Elton’s shows were always about the music. An excellent showman!


14 posted on 06/14/2014 7:37:18 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: FreedomPoster
Jagger was attending and getting high grades at the London School of Economics when the Rolling Stones were formed; he is no slouch intellectually.

True. I have never cared for him as a singer, but as a conversationalist he can be highly enjoyable. Roger Waters, on the other hand, has always struck me as a most unpleasant person when interviewed.

Mr. niteowl77

15 posted on 06/14/2014 7:37:46 AM PDT by niteowl77 ("Why do we go to Iowa? Because that's where the suckers are.")
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To: rktman
Meanwhile, Charlie just keeps pounding away.
16 posted on 06/14/2014 7:41:50 AM PDT by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: Huskrrrr
Sir Elton’s shows were always about the music. An excellent showman!

I saw EJ in '72 and again in either '73 or '74. The first concert was very basic, but I have never - before or since - more enjoyed a live performance from any rock/pop musician. I believe it cost me under $3.00 for the ticket. The second concert was musically less impressive, but was a far more elaborate "show" that certainly wowed the crowd. Those two events provided more entertainment per dollar than anything else I ever attended (except maybe for a surprisingly entertaining Three Dog Night concert I caught on the cheap around the same time).

I lost interest in Elton's music after his "Caribou" album, but still dig out the old stuff once in a while.

Mr. niteowl77

17 posted on 06/14/2014 8:00:36 AM PDT by niteowl77 ("Why do we go to Iowa? Because that's where the suckers are.")
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To: niteowl77

I share your opinions about Elton’s music. I saw him live twice in the 80s, great shows...unfortunately tickets were a bit more than $3. He played lots of oldies, which is why many of us were there.


18 posted on 06/14/2014 8:07:58 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: rktman

When Jagger heard that Costello and Waters were boycotting Israel he said, “Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.” He and the Stones then added another performance to their schedule in Israel. Good on ya, Sir Mick!


19 posted on 06/14/2014 8:58:31 AM PDT by Dr. Thorne ("How long, O Lord, holy and true?" - Rev. 6:10)
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To: Huskrrrr
I’ve never seen Elton John in concert but I’d like to. He’s made some great music over the years and still puts on a great show.

Elton John - Funeral for a Friend / Love Lies Bleeding

Then there is this; my very favorite Elton John/Bernie Taupin song:

Elton John - Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters

20 posted on 06/14/2014 10:06:25 AM PDT by MD Expat in PA
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To: GSWarrior

My opinion of the stock of the Stones and of Elton John has just gone through the roof. God bless ‘em.


21 posted on 06/14/2014 12:02:45 PM PDT by DPMD
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To: jocon307

I echo your sentiments on all counts. For your reference, Elton John played for Rush Limbaugh’s most recent wedding reception. And, of course, he was roundly criticized for it, not surprisingly, by the very same tolerant gay mafia crowd who would destroy a baker for refusing services to a same-sex wedding.


22 posted on 06/14/2014 12:05:27 PM PDT by DPMD
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To: jocon307

And Elton obviously knew playing at Rush Limbaugh’s wedding would upset many in the gay community....so I do give him some kudos for that.


23 posted on 06/14/2014 12:12:39 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: FreedomPoster

Jagger also admired Maggie Thatcher.


24 posted on 06/14/2014 12:15:12 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: jocon307

Mick Jagger went to the London School of Economics... he is not stupid.


25 posted on 06/14/2014 12:59:58 PM PDT by willyd (I for one welcome our NSA overlords)
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